The Witch Boy

The Witch Boy

Book - 2017
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"In thirteen-year-old Aster's family, all the girls are raised to be witches, while boys grow up to be shapeshifters. Anyone who dares cross those lines is exiled. Unfortunately for Aster, he still hasn't shifted... and he's still fascinated by witchery, no matter how forbidden it might be. 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.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Graphix, an imprint of Scholastic [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781338089523
Characteristics: 210 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 23 cm
Call Number: JGN OSTERTAG, M


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EKGO Jan 24, 2018

Fans of Nimona, Princeless, and Lumberjanes as well as readers who love Raina Telgemeir and/or Faith Erin Hicks are in for a treat with The Witch Boy!

The illustrations are lovely, the characters solid and delightful both in ink and deed. It's a simple story - Aster is a boy so he is destined ... Read More »

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Aug 20, 2018

WooHoo! Boys can be witches too!
This is a colourful little story that teaches boys its ok to do 'girly' stuff.

Aug 17, 2018

I really liked this book! It was really nice. It was magical and i liked it.

Aug 13, 2018

The illustrations are amazing and it’s an exciting book about Asters life wanting to be a witch trying to tell people that he’s a witch. The book is just overall interesting and amazing and I would definitely recommend it

ArapahoeLauraRose Aug 07, 2018

This book was wonderful! Aster's journey into witchery is a magic mirror into the lives of so many boys and girls with unexpected talents. Like so many things in our world, witchery isn't "for girls" and shape-shifting "for boys." I hope that we can all find Aster's courage to be who we really are! (And that our families learn how to support us!)

ArapahoeJennieB Jul 25, 2018

Aster is a boy who is also a witch. The only problem? In his magical world, girls are supposed to be witches, and boys shape shifters. Aster cannot help who he is though. Meanwhile a demon is attacking his male cousins, and Aster thinks he's the only one who can save them, but he in order to do so, he must defy his community's gender stereotypes and perform magic.

A wonderful tale about bucking gender stereotypes, and being who you were meant to be!

Jul 08, 2018

Aster, the boy who wants to learn witchery when he is forbidden, is lonely. In his family tradition, girls only learn about witchery and boys only learn about shapeshifting. The reason they are so strict to Aster is that his grandmother's brother once was like him, who likes witchery, and because of their family denying him, he turned into a monster. Aster's family didn't want it to make the same mistakes. With many hard obstacles Aster went through, he found out that the monster who turned his cousin into another monster was .......
This book is really enjoyable and fun. I like it, especially when he becomes friend with a girl who's not a witch or a shapeshifter. They learn many things together and solve the dangerous thing that was happening. After he found his true identity, he started learning what his heart truly desires and what he loved to do.

Jun 25, 2018

This is one of the best novels I have ever read! for me it's really hard to find a book I haven't read. So when I heard about this book I had to read it. This book is about a young boy named Aster and his family boys are shape shifter and girls are witches. But Aster doesn't want to be a shape shifter he want to learn witchcraft. So he tries to learn it in secret but he gets caught a lot. But when the boys in his family start getting kidnapped by a demon. Aster must use witchcraft to stop the demon.

Feb 28, 2018

Fairly straightforward but heartfelt tale about the toxicity of rigid gender roles, with lovely art because Molly Knox Ostertag is amazing. It's the story of Aster, a boy growing up in a society where women do magic and men shapeshift, and that's that. Except it isn't, because Aster does magic and doesn't shapeshift. What I particularly appreciated: (a) Aster's confidence-building friendship with a girl outside his community who also doesn't follow gender norms, (b) The diversity of skin color among the magical community, and (c) the magic system, because I would love to talk to a tree with a cool-looking symbol and have it give me an apple. The resolution with Aster's parents was bittersweet but realistic given that they're fundamentally good people but severely blindered by their culture. Hopefully every library in the entire country has this on the shelves, it's both entertaining and sorely needed.

Feb 02, 2018

"Witch Boy is a brightly illustrated graphic novel that may appeal to tweens or teens who are taking up the task of defining themselves on their own terms.

There is a bit of a 'Harry Potter' or 'Percy Jackson' vibe to the story as the main character, Aster, is a tween boy living in an extended family of female witches and male shapeshifters, where the children are training to take up their own supernatural powers, in accordance with their gender. The story also has the feel of "The Whale Rider" as Aster is a boy drawn to practicing the 'womanly' art of magic and who feels no connection to the shapeshifting powers of the men in his community. He keenly feels the anxiety of his parents and the community as they try to steer him to his expected role but the draw of magic is strong.

When his family is threatened by dark powers, Aster must make some difficult decisions on his own. Where will his power come from in facing down a terrible foe?

Recommended for middle schools who like stories involving the supernatural.

EKGO Jan 24, 2018

Fans of Nimona, Princeless, and Lumberjanes as well as readers who love Raina Telgemeir and/or Faith Erin Hicks are in for a treat with The Witch Boy!

The illustrations are lovely, the characters solid and delightful both in ink and deed. It's a simple story - Aster is a boy so he is destined to be a shapeshifter but he has the woman's power of witchcraft running through his veins and he wants to understand more about what he can do instead of trying to force himself to learn what he can't. His family isn't supportive of this idea so he finds a friend outside his circle of magical relations, one who has faced a similar struggle and shows him how to be true to himself.

Couched in this story are messages about the power of friendship, the importance of knowing and being true to oneself, and society's expectations of genders.

It's a charming and wonderfully-drawn story.

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