Monday, January 7, 2019
Middle Grade Monday and Review: The Hidden Witch by Molly Know Ostertag
The Hidden Witch by Molly Knox Ostertag. 208 p. Graphix/ Scholastic, Inc., October, 2108. 9781338253757. (Review of finished copy courtesy of publisher.)
In this sequel to The Witch Boy, Aster is happily training along side the girls in his family and they are accepting. His best friend, Charlie, who attends regular school has befriended a new girl, Ariel and is excited to play in her first basketball game. During the game, Charlie feels like something has taken over. Indeed, magic has interfered and only the reader is aware. Meanwhile, Aster's grandmother asks for his help in healing her brother. This is a difficult ask, since it was he who nearly killed Aster in The Witch Boy.
There's lots to love here. The art is vibrant. The characters are likable. Themes of friendship and jealousy are relatable.
Fans of The Witch Boy will gobble this sequel up and ask for more.