Bound To Stay Bound

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 Okay witch and the hungry shadow (Okay witch)
 Author: Steinkellner, Emma

 Publisher:  Aladdin (2021)

 Dewey: 741.5
 Classification: Nonfiction
 Physical Description: 255 p., col. ill., 22 cm

 BTSB No: 848290 ISBN: 9781534431492
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Witches -- Fiction
 Magic -- Fiction
 Families -- Fiction
 Supernatural -- Fiction
 Middle schools -- Fiction
 Graphic novels

Price: $19.08

Moth Hush is starting to settle into her newfound witch heritage and powers, but life at school continues to be rough, and things only get worse when Moth's mom starts dating one of the dorkiest teachers in the school! Then Moth gets hold of a mysterious charm that can unleash another version of herself--one who is confident, cool, and extremely popular. What could possibly go wrong? In graphic novel format.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 3.40
   Points: 2.0   Quiz: 513067

   Kirkus Reviews (06/01/21)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 07/01/2021 Gr 4–8—After the climatic events of The Okay Witch, Moth Hush, a 13-year-old frizzy-haired witch, is adrift in a sea of changes. Her mother and her grandmother have put aside their differences to help Moth come into her magic; the bullies at school make Moth feel more ostracized than ever; and, horrors, Moth's mom is dating the school's goofiest teacher. Moth just wants to fit in, but she promised her mother she'd never use her magic at school. When Moth finds a magical amulet that seemingly brings out a more confident, effervescent self, it seems like her problems are solved. But when the amulet's consciousness assumes a body, complete with its own menacing powers, Moth realizes she's awakened the demon known as the Hungry Shadow. Steinkellner explores grievance, forgiveness, and moving on, building to a final act that's just as engaging and explosive as its predecessor. The anime-esque tone has been amplified as well: The wealth of dynamic panels and cinematic sequences, combined with a lovable cast unafraid to monologue, combine for a love letter to magical girl stories. While still remaining approachable to younger readers, this is a wordier graphic novel compared to most middle grade titles. Meditations on bullying and racism, the experience of being torn between being oneself and what one wants to be, and soliloquies on the positive interactions that can be taken from otherwise problematic traditions might fly over the heads of Moth's youngest fans. Moth and her family are Black. VERDICT A satisfying, brilliant sequel, solidifying Steinkellner's reputation as a graphic novelist to watch.—Matisse Mozer, Los Angeles P.L. - Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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