Cover image for The hidden witch / Molly Knox Ostertag.
The hidden witch / Molly Knox Ostertag.

First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Graphix, an imprint of Scholastic, 2018.

Physical Description:
202 pages : chiefly color illustrations, color map ; 24 cm.
General Note:
[Witch boy ;

When Aster's non-magical friend Charlie finds herself the target of a curse, Aster and his unconventional talent for witchery must find the source of the curse before more people get hurt.


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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.

Author Notes

Molly Knox Ostertag is the author of The Witch Boy and The Hidden Witch . She grew up in the forests of Upstate New York, where she spent the first half of her childhood reading about fantastical adventures and the second half acting them out with foam swords at a live-action role-playing group. Molly is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts, where she studied cartooning and illustration. She currently lives in Southern California.

Reviews 1

Horn Book Review

Asters coming out as a witch (in The Witch Boy, rev. 11/17) challenged his magic communitys traditional gender norms. Previously, trauma from intolerance led Asters great-uncle Mikasi, also a witch, to harm himself and others; now Aster and his grandmother are working on a secret project to heal Mikasi, who is stuck in dragon form. Meanwhile, Asters non-magic friend Charlie clicks with new-girl Ariel, who is a witch but doesnt know it. Bullied and struggling with feeling misunderstood and different, Ariel lashes out at others with uncontrollable dark magic, and she risks a fate similar to Mikasis. Themes of trust, forgiveness, identity, and acceptance shine brightly throughout Ostertags graphic novel. Thick black outlines allow for the muted autumnal colors to pop, and a variety of lettering, balloons, and panel styles adds energy and depth to both plot and characterization. Dialogue and cues in the visual narrative reveal small moments of tension and connection between characters. These awkward, honest coming-of-age interactions mixed with spot-on world-building offer something for fans of fantasy and realistic fiction alike. elisa gall March/April 2019 p 87(c) Copyright 2019. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.