The Witch Boy by Molly Ostertag

The Witch Boy

In thirteen-year-old Aster's family, all the girls are raised to be witches, while boys grow up to be shapeshifters. Anyone who dares cross those lines is exiled. Unfortunately for Aster, he still hasn't shifted . . . and he's still fascinated by witchery, no matter how forbidden it might be.When a mysterious danger threatens the other boys, Aster knows he can help -- as a...

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The Witch Boy Reviews

  • Davey

    (The bookstore where I work received an ARC of this today from Scholastic and, as it was a particularly slow day, I read it all in one go while standing behind the cash register.)

    I loved it. I loved the world right away--in fact, I wished it were longer (or perhaps the beginning of a series) just because the magic was so interesting. I really dug the artwork, too, of course. It felt very organic. But also magical. And I liked the character designs.

    But mostly it was just such a compelling metaph

    (The bookstore where I work received an ARC of this today from Scholastic and, as it was a particularly slow day, I read it all in one go while standing behind the cash register.)

    I loved it. I loved the world right away--in fact, I wished it were longer (or perhaps the beginning of a series) just because the magic was so interesting. I really dug the artwork, too, of course. It felt very organic. But also magical. And I liked the character designs.

    But mostly it was just such a compelling metaphor for being "Other," gender-wise. It really hit me in a soft spot in a way that, to be honest, not a lot of middle-grade books do. It captured so well and in such a short space the yearning for something that society says you aren't supposed to have--it captured equally well the putrescence of the soul that can grow when you're denied your true self.

  • Lola  Reviewer

    This works very well as a standalone. I don’t feel as if there are unanswered questions or elements missing. Still, I wish to read more books about Aster and his magical community.

    The characters are strong. They all play a certain role in the story. It’s when you can’t imagine a book without its different characters that you realize they’ve left an impression on you and are worthy of being in the story.

    Aster is so relatable. In his world, women are witches who manipulate magic and men are shap

    This works very well as a standalone. I don’t feel as if there are unanswered questions or elements missing. Still, I wish to read more books about Aster and his magical community.

    The characters are strong. They all play a certain role in the story. It’s when you can’t imagine a book without its different characters that you realize they’ve left an impression on you and are worthy of being in the story.

    Aster is so relatable. In his world, women are witches who manipulate magic and men are shape shifters who turn into a certain animal and protect the community. But Aster can’t shape shift, and anyway, he doesn’t want to. It’s not him. Witchery calls to him instead.

    His situation is similar to many other people’s situations, even in our contemporary society without magic. These feelings of wanting to be whoever we are but fearing ostracism are universal. It wasn’t hard for me to connect with Astrid, and I believe it won’t be hard for other readers either.

    The illustrations are SPLENDID. My advance copy only had a few pages in color, but I’m sure the final book will be MAGNIFICENT. Very interesting story and formidable diverse characters. Too bad I have to say goodbye to them so soon.

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  • Rachael Hobson

    Actual rating: 3.5 stars

    This is a really lovely story. It's a morality story with a magical twist. Let people be who they truly are!

    This is a middle grade novel, which is probably why the story moved as fast as it did. I personally wish there was more detail in regards to both the build up and climax of the story.

  • Korrina  (OwlCrate)

    Such a cute little graphic novel that challenges gender constructs in a unique way. Plus it's just a fun spooky magical story! My only complaint was that I wish it was a bit longer and more fleshed out. But I really enjoyed reading it.

  • Jae

    OH MY LITTLE GENDER NONCONFORMING HEART. audible gasp from me when I realized the truth a few pages ahead of aster. the resolution was a little too snappy for my taste but the denouement was ace. keep an eye out for a cameo by a couple other magical cartoon favorites.

  • Sara

    A delightful coming of age tale about the son of magic users who's grown up in a world where women do magic and men shape shift. Neither must ever meddle in the other's affairs but of course our hero, Aster knows its his destiny to be a witch like his mother and sister. When the boys in his family begin to disappear its clear that something dark and powerful is preying upon them and Aster, with the help of his new human friend Charlie, is the only one who can save them.

    This was wonderful. Molly

    A delightful coming of age tale about the son of magic users who's grown up in a world where women do magic and men shape shift. Neither must ever meddle in the other's affairs but of course our hero, Aster knows its his destiny to be a witch like his mother and sister. When the boys in his family begin to disappear its clear that something dark and powerful is preying upon them and Aster, with the help of his new human friend Charlie, is the only one who can save them.

    This was wonderful. Molly Knox Ostertag is the genius behind my favorite web comic "Strong Female Protagonist" which if you haven't read...just go read it its wonderful and the illustrator behind Sharon Shinn's first graphic novel

    which I had mixed feelings about story wise but certainly not art wise.

    Ostertag has written a wise and very sweet allegorical fable about not being afraid to be what and who you truly are even when everyone in your life is saying its impossible. She's also created a really neat mythology for her characters and I finished this story absolutely wanting to learn more about this world. There's something really warm in the way she draws, everything feels very inviting and cozy in the big ramshackle house Aster lives in with his huge extended family and she loves dressing her characters in bright colors with lots of layers and baubles. There's just a tad of dreaminess to things too. Her villains are definitely frightening but they have an old world fairy tale quality to them that made me think of Arthurian legends and stories like St. George and the Dragon.

    This was a thrilling debut for a truly talented young woman who I very much look forward to following for what I hope will be a long and very successful career!

  • Misty

    This was sweet and beautifully drawn, and it may hit the sweet spot for a lot of young readers, but it left something to be desired. Everything felt a little shallow and not fully fleshed out, and there's no real "twist" -- even though I think one was

    intended -- as it couldn't be more obvious what's going on. And it has a nice message, which it presents without the least bit of subtlety.

    I think its strengths are in the relationships, which I wish had been explored even more. As a long

    This was sweet and beautifully drawn, and it may hit the sweet spot for a lot of young readers, but it left something to be desired. Everything felt a little shallow and not fully fleshed out, and there's no real "twist" -- even though I think one was

    intended -- as it couldn't be more obvious what's going on. And it has a nice message, which it presents without the least bit of subtlety.

    I think its strengths are in the relationships, which I wish had been explored even more. As a longer book or part of an ongoing series, slowed down to really build those relationships and interactions, this could have been really lovely.

    As it was, it was sweet and quick, and not something I regret giving the time to -- but underwhelming, all the same.

  • Vitor Martins

    (Esse sou eu lendo quadrinhos para tentar bater a meta de leitura de 2017 hehe)

    é uma história mágica sobre uma família de mulheres bruxas e homens metamorfos. Aster é um menino que quer aprender bruxaria mas ninguém na família quer ensiná-lo porque ele não deveria ser tão interessado em "coisas de menina". O roteiro é bem simples e tudo acontece dentro do esperado mas é muito bonito ver o arco de desenvolvimento do Asper. A mensagem de "seja quem você quer ser" que a história passa

    (Esse sou eu lendo quadrinhos para tentar bater a meta de leitura de 2017 hehe)

    é uma história mágica sobre uma família de mulheres bruxas e homens metamorfos. Aster é um menino que quer aprender bruxaria mas ninguém na família quer ensiná-lo porque ele não deveria ser tão interessado em "coisas de menina". O roteiro é bem simples e tudo acontece dentro do esperado mas é muito bonito ver o arco de desenvolvimento do Asper. A mensagem de "seja quem você quer ser" que a história passa é colocada de maneira muito responsável e pode ser aplicada pra muitas áreas da vida. Falando sobre técnica, as ilustrações são maravilhosas, cenários incríveis e cores muito muito lindas! O traço da Molly Ostertag é do tipo que me inspira muito e essa história me deixou morrendo de vontade de escrever um quadrinho em um futuro próximo.

  • Krista Regester

    This was great - I would describe it as a mixture of Lumberjanes and Nimona.

  • Adam Silvera

    I've been wanting to read this MG graphic novel since I saw the book deal announcement and I'm so happy I got to read it on my flight today. The basic premise is that a boy wants to learn spells and other magic but witchery is reserved for girls and boys are expected to become shapeshifting demon hunters. I was OBSESSED with witches as a kid/teen (still am as an adult) and this would've really spoken to me. Overall, THE WITCH BOY is a super fast and super charming read. So excited to discover th

    I've been wanting to read this MG graphic novel since I saw the book deal announcement and I'm so happy I got to read it on my flight today. The basic premise is that a boy wants to learn spells and other magic but witchery is reserved for girls and boys are expected to become shapeshifting demon hunters. I was OBSESSED with witches as a kid/teen (still am as an adult) and this would've really spoken to me. Overall, THE WITCH BOY is a super fast and super charming read. So excited to discover there's going to be a sequel. I hope librarians/educators pick this graphic novel and get it into their hands of those who don't fit gender norms and those who need to learn how to celebrate's someone differences.


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