The Hidden Witch (The Witch Boy #2)
Aster and his family are adjusting to his unconventional talent for witchery; unlike the other boys in his family, he isn't a shapeshifter. He's taking classes with his grandmother and helping to keep an eye on his great-uncle whose corrupted magic wreaked havoc on the family.Meanwhile, Aster's friend from the non-magical part of town, Charlie, is having problems of her own -- a curse has tried to attach itself to her. She runs to Aster and escapes it, but now the friends must find the source of the curse before more people -- normal and magical alike -- get hurt.

The Hidden Witch (The Witch Boy #2) Details

TitleThe Hidden Witch (The Witch Boy #2)
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 30th, 2018
PublisherScholastic Inc.
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GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Fantasy, Comics, Childrens, Middle Grade, Fiction, Graphic Novels Comics

The Hidden Witch (The Witch Boy #2) Review

  • Misty
    January 1, 1970
    I found this an improvement on the first volume, and am curious to see more from the world and characters, should the series continue.Review here (live 10/19/18).
  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    Good, way more predictable than the first and seems like more of a middle filler than a sequel. While I read the first as more of an analogy for the trans experience, this one resonates with anyone being bullied for an outcast with a less than subtle metaphor for letting the anger fester inside you/the victim mentality. I hope the author continues the series, the world is great and I wish to see more.
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  • Danica
    January 1, 1970
    Adore seeing the characters grow and change. Hope this will be a long series over the years.
  • Kim Clifton
    January 1, 1970
    Turns out this series could get even sweeter, and it did. I’m a huge fan.
  • Christy
    January 1, 1970
    This was so beautiful and I may have shed some tears at the end. Full review to come!
  • Kristina Jean Lareau
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsBetter than the first! A seamless story with great expression and emotion.
  • Kalie
    January 1, 1970
    This series is a must-read for anyone, but particularly young readers, who have ever felt a crisis of identity, who have ever been made to feel like an outcast, who long to buck norms but feel a little powerless to do so. THE HIDDEN WITCH is every bit as charming as its predecessor, THE WITCH BOY, a book I’ve enjoyed putting into the hands of kids for the past year as a bookseller. Yes to more kids books that challenge gender norms and actually talk about mental health!All in all, a worthy follo This series is a must-read for anyone, but particularly young readers, who have ever felt a crisis of identity, who have ever been made to feel like an outcast, who long to buck norms but feel a little powerless to do so. THE HIDDEN WITCH is every bit as charming as its predecessor, THE WITCH BOY, a book I’ve enjoyed putting into the hands of kids for the past year as a bookseller. Yes to more kids books that challenge gender norms and actually talk about mental health!All in all, a worthy follow-up to a delightful story. I’m looking forward to seeing what Ostertag does next with these characters, because those last several pages were too adorable to not warrant a continuation. And even if there isn’t a third, both books absolutely stand on their own.
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  • Sue Jackson
    January 1, 1970
    Book 2 in The Witch Boy series continues the fun, colorful adventures of the witch boy and his friend, Charlie, in this fantasy graphic novel series for middle-grade readers that combines magic with real-world issues. Read my full review:https://bookbybook.blogspot.com/2018/...
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  • Jenna Iden
    January 1, 1970
    What a magically perfect middle school series about friendship and expectations and cool cool magic and forgiveness. This one rivals Chmakova’s Awkward series for charm and representation. Let’s just all agree though: Charlie is the greatest.
  • Jess
    January 1, 1970
    So good! Can't wait for #3!
  • Sailor
    January 1, 1970
    That was so so cute and spooky and fun!
  • Esther Keller
    January 1, 1970
    I like the second one better than the first one.
  • Emma (Miss Print)
    January 1, 1970
    Aster's family is still adjusting to his affinity for witchery--something totally unexpected in a family where boys usually become shapeshifters. Not everyone is thrilled with Aster's witchcraft but his grandmother is more than happy to teach Aster so long as he in turn helps her try to rehabilitate his great-uncle whose own attempts to avoid shifting led to corrupted magic and all manner of havoc.Off the compound Charlie, Aster's non-magical best friend, is starting school and eager to make new Aster's family is still adjusting to his affinity for witchery--something totally unexpected in a family where boys usually become shapeshifters. Not everyone is thrilled with Aster's witchcraft but his grandmother is more than happy to teach Aster so long as he in turn helps her try to rehabilitate his great-uncle whose own attempts to avoid shifting led to corrupted magic and all manner of havoc.Off the compound Charlie, Aster's non-magical best friend, is starting school and eager to make new friends--especially the mysterious new girl who keeps to herself. That turns out to be extra complicated when a curse tries to attach itself to Charlie.Aster is able to remove the curse. But he can't stop it without finding the witch who created it. Aster and Charlie (and even Aster's cousin Sedge) will have to work together to find the witch before their magic ends up just as corrupted as Charlie's great uncle's did years ago in The Hidden Witch (2018) by Molly Knox Ostertag.The Hidden Witch is the second book in Ostertag's middle grade graphic novel series which starts with The Witch Boy.I love the smooth edges and bright colors of Ostertag's artwork. The panels are once again dynamic and full of fun details. This story spans both day and night with fun design elements like white or black gutters between panels to differentiate.Ostertag effectively smashes the strict magical binaries of Aster's family as Aster continues to study witchcraft and one of his male cousins contemplates attending a normal school instead of studying (and shifting) on the family compound.The primary focus of this story is Aster and Charlie's friendships both with each other as well as with other. The Hidden Witch is another fun installment that expands the world and fleshes out the magic systems first introduced in The Witch Boy.Possible Pairings: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, Frogkisser! by Garth Nix, Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend, The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang*An advance copy of this title was provided by the publisher for review consideration*
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