|Okay witch (Okay witch)
Author: Steinkellner, Emma
Thirteen-year-old Moth Hush loves all things witchy. But she's about to discover that witches aren't just the stuff of movies, books, and spooky stories. When some eighth-grade bullies try to ruin her Halloween, something really strange happens. It turns out that Founder's Bluff, Massachusetts, has a centuries-old history of witch drama. And, surprise: Moth's family is at the center of it all! When Moth's new powers show up, things get totally out-of-control. In graphic novel format.
|Accelerated Reader Information:
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 3.10
Points: 2.0 Quiz: 505277
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 07/01/2019 Three generations of brown-skinned witches work out their family drama over 300 years as Moth, a modern-day 13-year-old, discovers her magical heritage. While the story beats are mostly familiar, debut author Steinkellner wisely doesn’t linger on the necessary tropes. Her story moves quickly, wielding a lighter tone that favors humor and pacing over world building to great effect. With the backstory out of the way, the focus turns to the compelling grandmother-mother-daughter dynamic that forms the story’s racing heart. Moth’s mother—in self-imposed exile from her own controlling mother’s witch community—doesn’t want her practicing magic, but when Grandma comes to indoctrinate the young girl, Moth must choose between her mother’s rebellion and her grandmother’s legacy. The art is perfectly inviting; smooth, colorful panels center on emotive faces, allowing for a breezy read. A school play about the town’s history ties Moth’s era to her grandmother’s dark, colonial past and shows how prejudice can carry across centuries. This only adds richness to what is largely a fun, enchanting tale featuring complex women of color. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 09/01/2019 Gr 4–8—With her frizzy hair, her gap teeth, and her lack of friends, 13-year-old Moth Hush doesn't fit in at school. She discovers why she doesn't belong—she's not like everyone else. As her powers activate for the first time, Moth learns that she's from a family of witches. Moth's mother, herself a former witch who gave up her powers, reveals their family's dark past of the 1600s witch hunts and forbids Moth from practicing her abilities. But when Moth obtains a talking-cat familiar and the diary her mother kept as a teen, she is forced to confront witch hunters, ancient family drama, and, worst of all, irritating school bullies. Steinkellner's debut graphic novel is a tour de force of middle grade storytelling. The wordy, quirky, character-rich dialogue and emotional narrative guide readers through what's simultaneously a coming-of-age tale, a mother-daughter story, and a supernatural roller coaster. Conflicts with bullies and witch hunters evoke themes of inclusion and diversity vs. ignorance and fear. Fans of Steven Universe and the "Cucumber Quest" books will adore the energetic art. This title has a deceptively low page count; younger readers might miss many deeper themes. VERDICT A must-have for libraries that serve middle graders, but recommended for comics fans of all ages.–Matisse Mozer, Los Angeles Public Library - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.