A beautifully illustrated story that challenges societal norms and gender constructs in a gentle & unique way. Aster is a boy in a magical family whose women are witches and men are shape-shifters. He wants to practice magic, but is forbidden. Even in our un-magical world, Aster is very relatable, and themes of fitting in, bullying, diversity and acceptance are woven throughout. So charming!— Parke
When a mysterious danger threatens the other boys, Aster knows he can help -- as a witch. It will take the encouragement of a new friend, the non-magical and non-conforming Charlie, to convince Aster to try practicing his skills. And it will require even more courage to save his family . . . and be truly himself.
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“Ostertag's bright, gentle, cartoonlike artwork brims with life and adds extra appeal to this fast-moving story. An excellent choice for reluctant readers, fans of fantasy, and those looking for books that explore gender roles.” – School Library Journal, starred review
“Thrilling and sweet. Ostertag is one of comics' brightest new voices.” – Hope Larson, author of Compass South
“Ostertag is creating worlds and witches for the modern young reader.” – Lucy Knisley, author of Something New and Relish
“Dazzling . . . a contemporary fantasy for anyone who's struggled with defining themselves.” – Marika McCoola, author of theNew York Times bestselling Baba Yaga's Assistant