The Witch Boy (Hardcover)
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.
About the Author
"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
This spectacular book is a perfect example of how powerful a picture book can be, and how it can take you away on the most incredible adventures. Marco the fox has many questions about the world, and no one seems to care about giving him answers. Joined by a few inquisitive crewmates—pigeons, deer—Marco sets off on a mighty adventure, discovering friendship, fun, and beauty of finding the answers you seek along the way. This book is a magical read-aloud to read with a loved one and share in Marco’s journey together.
(Picture Book) - reviewed by Isabel