Review: The Okay Witch by Emma Steinkellner

The Okay Witch is a sweet, beautiful graphic novel that just made my heart happy. It’s all about family, friendship and being true to yourself. What’s more important for middle schoolers?

Sabrina the Teenage Witch meets Roller Girl in this hilarious, one-of-a-kind graphic novel about a half-witch who has just discovered the truth about herself, her family, and her town and is doing her best to survive middle school now that she knows everything!

The Okay Witch CoverMagic is harder than it looks.

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. She meets a talking cat, falls into an enchanted diary, and unlocks a hidden witch world. Secrets surface from generations past as Moth unravels the complicated legacy at the heart of her town, her family, and herself.

In this spellbinding graphic novel debut, Emma Steinkellner spins a story packed with humor and heart about the weird and wonderful adventures of a witch-in-progress. (Goodreads)Goodreads

I received an eARC of The Okay Witch from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I absolutely loved the art style of The Okay Witch. It perfectly complemented the writing and makes you really feel everything that Moth does. It was absolutely perfect for the story.

The Okay Witch does need trigger warnings for neglectful parents, literal witch hunts, ghostly possession, bullying, and accidental use of magic that leads to forgetting a partner.

I loved the friendship between Moth and Mr. Lazlo, and the way that Moth’s friendship with Charlie developed. Charlie’s relationship with his dad was also something that I think will resonate a lot with young readers. Mr. Lazlo was an adorable and ridiculous addition to the story that really tied it all together. We could all use a Mr. Lazlo in our lives – cat or no cat.

Spending more time in Hecate would be amazing if there’s ever a sequel, to allow Moth and Calendula and Sarah to grow more and grow together as a family.

I highly recommend this book. You can pick up a copy on Amazon, Indiebound or The Book Depository. It’s great for any age range and you won’t regret your purchase.

ABOUT THE OKAY WITCH

Title: The Okay Witch

Author: Emma Steinkellner

Publisher: Aladdin Press

Length: 272 Pages

Release Date: September 3, 2019

Rating: Recommended

Genre: Middle Grade Contemporary Fantasy

Representation: Jewish side character, 

 

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