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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! Magic is harder than it looks. Thirteen-year-old Moth Hush loves all things witchy. But she’s about to discove 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! Magic 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.


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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! Magic is harder than it looks. Thirteen-year-old Moth Hush loves all things witchy. But she’s about to discove 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! Magic 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.

30 review for The Okay Witch

  1. 4 out of 5

    Steff Pasciuti

    The Okay Witch by Emma Steinkellner was more than okay. In fact, it was actually a rather fun and cute book with a bit of an insightful look into the Salem witch hunts. Now, this is definitely more of a kids book and doesn't really get into a lot of the deeper subjects that surround what went on back in those days, but it still touches base on some aspects of the situation. The story follows a young girl called Moth, someone who generally doesn't fit in at school and whose best friend really does appear The Okay Witch by Emma Steinkellner was more than okay. In fact, it was actually a rather fun and cute book with a bit of an insightful look into the Salem witch hunts. Now, this is definitely more of a kids book and doesn't really get into a lot of the deeper subjects that surround what went on back in those days, but it still touches base on some aspects of the situation. The story follows a young girl called Moth, someone who generally doesn't fit in at school and whose best friend really does appear to be her mother, as she comes into her magic and learns all about both her family's history and the powers that she was always destined to have and her mother wants to run away from. With the help of an old friend who's been brought back as a Cat, Moth peruses her mother's old journal in order to learn the truth of both her magic and her ancestry and the story turns out to be a lot more fascinating than she ever could have realized, for you see...Moth and her mother live in modern times. When a new boy moves to town, Moth finally manages to make a friend with whom to navigate this crazy new world she's been introduced to. He manages to help make her experience learning the new changes in her life a little more fun and purposeful. Of course, with the secrets of her mother's past and the truth behind who her new friend's father is, not everything in this coming of age story is going to develop smoothly. And when Moth's mother's past materializes into something a bit more than a past left behind, everything begins to change. I really enjoyed reading The Okay Witch. Unlike most graphic novels, this one actually came to a rather satisfying conclusion rather than leaving us with a ridiculous and annoying cliffhanger as we eagerly await to find out what happens next, frustrated that the story ended so quickly and there wasn't more to it. This one very much felt like a full story, complete with a satisfying character arc and conclusion to the encroaching conflict. It had wonderful characters, an exciting plot, and fantastic artwork. And The Okay Witch is a perfect story for the age group that it's intended for. I definitely know I would have enjoyed it immensely had I read it at that age. I will admit that a part of the resolution at the end seemed a bit forced but other than that this was an excellent story that I'm grateful to have gotten a chance to read and would certainly recommend. I don't know if I'd go out of my way to buy it since I don't really see myself re-reading the story, but I will definitely keep a look out to see if there are any sequels since I'd love to see what happens next for young Moth and her journey of becoming a witch of the modern world. It's somewhat Sabrina-eque. I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. | Twitter | Reader Fox Blog | Instagram |

  2. 4 out of 5

    Joyce

    Synopsis: When an awkward 13-year-old, Moth Hush, discovers that she is descended from a long line of powerful witches; life becomes anything but average. With the help of her mom and a bevy of zany characters; she goes on an awesome adventure to reclaim her heritage. Review: I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I initially requested this graphic novel from NetGalley for my 13 yo daughter. While perusing a list of new Synopsis: When an awkward 13-year-old, Moth Hush, discovers that she is descended from a long line of powerful witches; life becomes anything but average. With the help of her mom and a bevy of zany characters; she goes on an awesome adventure to reclaim her heritage. Review: I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I initially requested this graphic novel from NetGalley for my 13 yo daughter. While perusing a list of new releases for middle schoolers, she was drawn to this one both by the cover art and the synopsis (which she claims to "relate to"). She asked about it nonstop and inspired me to read along. The story starts in much the same way all coming of age stories start. Meet awkward pre-teen, Moth Hush. She lives in a single-family home above a thrift/gift shop with her mother, Calendula Hush and wishes to be "special." The relationship between mother and daughter initially great, but it becomes strained after a strange occurrence at school. On Halloween, very shortly after her 13th birthday, Moth discovers that she possesses a powerful gift quite by accident. Terrified at the changes her body was going through, she seeks the help of her mother. Here's when the strain starts. Turns out, not only does mom have the same gift, she's been secretly hoping that Moth did not. In fact, her mother has gone out of her way to avoid her gift due to a painful experience in the past. After a very strained conversation, moth agrees to her mother's terms but very quickly breaks her promise. From this point on, I was completely invested in this story. The author does a superb job in her depiction and growth of each character. The character interactions were so "real," and each very relatable. I found myself annoyed at Moth, then overjoyed when she and her mother make up. I felt a bit silly feeling my eyes mist at the apex of the final battle, but I'll admit it here. There were a few laugh-out-loud moments as well as I revisited my own awkward early teen years. I recommend this book to young and not-so-young women who enjoy quirky, coming of age tales with a paranormal twist.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lost in Book Land

    Hey Everyone! So this week, no this month, no this season, has a ton of new releases coming out and ya girl is about to be broke from all the books she is trying to buy! So many new titles came out this past Tuesday (Sept 3rd) and I only do a post a day so it was hard to organize all the posts about all the new books but that only means I will have so many posts coming at you guys for the next few weeks! I also still need to post my September list but it is so long!!! The Okay Witch i Hey Everyone! So this week, no this month, no this season, has a ton of new releases coming out and ya girl is about to be broke from all the books she is trying to buy! So many new titles came out this past Tuesday (Sept 3rd) and I only do a post a day so it was hard to organize all the posts about all the new books but that only means I will have so many posts coming at you guys for the next few weeks! I also still need to post my September list but it is so long!!! The Okay Witch is another release from this past Tuesday that I got the chance to read as an ARC and it was so good! SPOILERS AHEAD The Okay Witch is a graphic novel about a teen girl who does not know she is a witch but she lives in a town that in the past had witch trails. However, what she does not know is that her family were the witches in those witch trails. One day she is at school and suddenly she performs magic, without trying because she has no idea she is a witch but then once she returns home she learns from her mother that they are a family of witches! (Guys, I was a huge Sabrina fan as a kid and this was so my thing it was unreal)! From here she sets out to learn spells against her mother's will, learn about the secret witch city, learn about her witchy past, and help her friend out! Alright, I already admitted that I was a huge Sabrina fan as a kid and I still am both the old and new versions hold special places in my heart. So once I learned that the main character in this book finds out she is a secret witch and that there is a witch society and a cat familiar, I was utter trash for this book. I literally did not want to put it down, I did not care what else was happening. Then when it was done I carved more from the witchy world and still wanted to know everything! I felt like a new Sabrina was happening right in front of me and I was so sad when it ended so quickly (or at least it felt quickly). I highly recommend this graphic novel if you like me love all things witchy! I am definitely planning a Halloween reread just for fun! I am giving this book five stars on Goodreads. ** I was given an ebook ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Beth Cato

    I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley. The Okay Witch is more than okay. It's absolutely charming. I adored this book and everything about it--art, story, characters, EVERYTHING. Moth is thirteen and doesn't fit in at school--and when she suddenly discovers she has magical powers, that doesn't exactly help much. This is a story packed with genuine heart. The tone is light, but there are heady issues addressed with a delicate hand. Moth is a wonderful, relatable heroine, but the entire ca/>The I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley. The Okay Witch is more than okay. It's absolutely charming. I adored this book and everything about it--art, story, characters, EVERYTHING. Moth is thirteen and doesn't fit in at school--and when she suddenly discovers she has magical powers, that doesn't exactly help much. This is a story packed with genuine heart. The tone is light, but there are heady issues addressed with a delicate hand. Moth is a wonderful, relatable heroine, but the entire cast is fantastic--including a talking cat who threatens to steal the whole show. I loved, loved, loved how inclusive it is. A subplot involving the said talking cat and a beloved actually made me get teary-eyed at one point. I mean, really. Start reading because it's about magic and a smart girl and because the art is fantastic, and keep reading because you find everything about this book is fantastic. This is not only a 5-star read for me, but I'm adding it to my nomination list for the Norton Award.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Julie Zantopoulos

    This was a really cute middle-grade graphic novel about Moth who is obsessed with witches and dresses up as one on Halloween in the hopes to fly under the radar of bullies. Only, this Halloween, 13 yr old Moth performs her first magic. She's a witch and there's a long history to be shared about her family, her town, and the persecution witches have faced. This reads like a history lesson in graphic novel form, on witches. It's cute but it gets a bit wordy and homeworky...like "are you paying att This was a really cute middle-grade graphic novel about Moth who is obsessed with witches and dresses up as one on Halloween in the hopes to fly under the radar of bullies. Only, this Halloween, 13 yr old Moth performs her first magic. She's a witch and there's a long history to be shared about her family, her town, and the persecution witches have faced. This reads like a history lesson in graphic novel form, on witches. It's cute but it gets a bit wordy and homeworky...like "are you paying attention kids, cause this is fun but it's also LEARNING." I don't know if the facts about colonization or witchcraft and persecution were accurate but it certainly felt like we should be paying SUPER close attention to some details and it took the fun out of the book for me. Still, the artwork, MC and her new BFF, are great. I loved her "familiar" and I thought the story was compelling.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    THE OKAY WITCH is chock-full of humor, heart, and whole lot of magic. Moth, as she learns she is a witch and discovers that she holds the power to decide who she wants to be, empowers readers to embrace their own identities, no matter the quirks. Come for the magic (and the talking cat), stay for the nuanced takes on family, legacies, and growing up.

  7. 4 out of 5

    USOM

    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher. This does not impact my review which is honest and unbiased. I was instantly intrigued by The Okay Witch. And I was surprised not only with the charming illustration style, but the way Steinkellner is able to balance a story about family, unique history of witches, and people's ability to change. It's one of those graphic novels that has more than meets the eye. Discussing origins, repeating our family's mistakes, and hope, The Okay Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher. This does not impact my review which is honest and unbiased. I was instantly intrigued by The Okay Witch. And I was surprised not only with the charming illustration style, but the way Steinkellner is able to balance a story about family, unique history of witches, and people's ability to change. It's one of those graphic novels that has more than meets the eye. Discussing origins, repeating our family's mistakes, and hope, The Okay Witch is also about families and forgiveness. It's about responsibility and power, our duty to our community, and our family. I love how The Okay Witch plays with the concept of a good, bad, and okay witch. What does it mean to be a good or a bad witch? I feel like we've heard these titles thrown around and Steinkellner looks at this place in between. The Okay Witch is about placing trust in ourselves, reaching out to the ones we love around us, and the idea about staying true to our home and community. It's about the need to be our own person, our own witch, and seeing the possibility of change. When we tally up everything done against us, everything that's been said, it's hard to see the possibility of change, of something more than a repetition of history. But that's why The Okay Witch is so tender - because it's about our hope for change. full review: https://utopia-state-of-mind.com/revi...

  8. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Hewitt

    This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction Addiction This wonderful graphic novel was a lot more than just okay. The story follows Moth, who discovers at age thirteen that she is actually a witch and that her mother has been hiding a multi-century history from her. To make things even more complicated, she learns all of this while her school is celebrating its witch-hunting heritage. (This aspect of the book felt a little backward in today’s world, but I realize there are places wh/>This This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction Addiction This wonderful graphic novel was a lot more than just okay. The story follows Moth, who discovers at age thirteen that she is actually a witch and that her mother has been hiding a multi-century history from her. To make things even more complicated, she learns all of this while her school is celebrating its witch-hunting heritage. (This aspect of the book felt a little backward in today’s world, but I realize there are places where a small town’s “history” might still be seen in a positive light, even if it was backward and xenophobic.) Moth’s mother has witnessed some of the negative effects of magic and has lived without it for years—she’d hoped that her daughter wouldn’t inherit magic at all. I loved how the author wove xenophobia, racial tensions, and the fear of witches together, creating a perfect parallel to the ways in which our society often still spurns people we consider “other.” But the book gives us a sense of hope and of change as well, showing that we have made some forward progress and we can continue in that direction. Hope and unity are the ultimate messages. Lots of kids will also be able to relate to the fact that Moth already felt like an outsider before she ever discovered she was a witch—for her, discovering her magic is empowering and satisfying (knowing there might be a reason she’s always felt different), even if it is a little scary at first. The illustrations are wonderfully done as well. I loved that we see not just ethnic diversity but different body types portrayed as well (Moth’s mother isn’t tiny—and she wasn’t even in her younger years—and it’s never once mentioned in the story, which I appreciated). If you’re a fan of witchy stories, I definitely recommend this graphic novel! ***Disclosure: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given and all opinions are my own.***

  9. 4 out of 5

    Elise Filka

    Emma Steinkellner really did an amazing job on this (debut?) book. (And I'm going to be addressing authors personally from now on because they deserve it! Also I feel like Goodreads culture can be a bit...not so kind sometimes and I want authors to know I appreciate them!) Thank you BOOKEXPO for the free ARC! I digress.. This book is a delightful mix of whimsy, history, empowerment, and accepting others and yourself. Imagine your favorite Miyazaki movie mixed with Hocus Pocus. Plus current socia Emma Steinkellner really did an amazing job on this (debut?) book. (And I'm going to be addressing authors personally from now on because they deserve it! Also I feel like Goodreads culture can be a bit...not so kind sometimes and I want authors to know I appreciate them!) Thank you BOOKEXPO for the free ARC! I digress.. This book is a delightful mix of whimsy, history, empowerment, and accepting others and yourself. Imagine your favorite Miyazaki movie mixed with Hocus Pocus. Plus current social justice issues and the Salem Witch Trials (in Massachusetts, though). SO GOOD. And (SPOILER) the history and time travel was so unexpected! I actually learned something new (which I think is based on real life) that during all the factory fires in the 1800's, the owners of those factories made money off the women (and men) who worked for them from their insurance if they died in the fires. I also read her bio and the author studied Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Stanford...SO cool! This book is everything I want in a GN and so much more...including a talking cat who is really the spirit of the main character's family friend (and who identifies on the LGBTQ+ spectrum!) YES- a talking gay cat! What?!? Are you in my head Emma? This is just- PURRfect!!!! Also: I believe this is a subtle nod to our current day "commander in chief" (AND spoiler alert- this is said by the mayor who turns out to be one of the witch hunters): "This is what it means to be a Kramer. These are the great men of history...We made it great. Even when they got in the way" (AKA lots of use of the word, GREAT) ;) So much good context on how our society was built upon capitalistic, racist and patriarchal values and how we aren't "Great" and never have been, but how we need to work hard to be better. Thanks, Emma! I hope you and other authors write more and more amazing, informative, and uplifting books like this one!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jill Kenna

    Thank you to NetGalley for a free review copy of this book. This book is about Moth Hush, a normal girl who doesn't have any friends and who is obsessed with witchy stuff. While she's at school one day she discovers that she has magical powers! This starts her off on a journey to find out more about her powers and her family's history in the town of Founder's Bluff, Massachusetts. This was a really cute book. I loved the artwork, especially the design of the people. The story was real Thank you to NetGalley for a free review copy of this book. This book is about Moth Hush, a normal girl who doesn't have any friends and who is obsessed with witchy stuff. While she's at school one day she discovers that she has magical powers! This starts her off on a journey to find out more about her powers and her family's history in the town of Founder's Bluff, Massachusetts. This was a really cute book. I loved the artwork, especially the design of the people. The story was really well crafted even though there were parts of it that kind of felt very obvious to me. But I feel like if I was a kid reading this book I would very much enjoy it. As that is who this is geared towards, I really feel like it would be a great addition to any library. The story has a great lesson about being yourself and standing up for who you want to be which I really appreciated too. Overall, this was a cute book with a good message.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Teresa Barrera

    Moth Hush has always been into witchy things and has always felt different and when bullies try to ruin her Halloween, her unknown powers are awakened. When she runs back home after an incident from her awakening powers, she learns her mother has been keeping the secret of their family's history of witches and finds out their family is the center of the town's history. While Moth's mother has her reasons for not wanting Moth practicing or learning magic, Moth curiosity has her digging deepe Moth Hush has always been into witchy things and has always felt different and when bullies try to ruin her Halloween, her unknown powers are awakened. When she runs back home after an incident from her awakening powers, she learns her mother has been keeping the secret of their family's history of witches and finds out their family is the center of the town's history. While Moth's mother has her reasons for not wanting Moth practicing or learning magic, Moth curiosity has her digging deeper. Along with her new friend who's a talking cat, she gets sucked into an enchanted diary and unlocks a hidden witch world. I really enjoyed the characters. Loved the illustrations. The story was heartfelt, had some comedy and showed how history and judgment can be overcome. Thank you NetGalley as well as the author for the opportunity to read and enjoy this book.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lana

    I really enjoyed this graphic novel. For me, I love anything witchy, and this adorable story didn’t disappoint! One of the topics this story deals with is mother and daughter issues, and I thought that was appropriate given it’s a middle grade story. I think this book would be a great addition to any middle grade library. Thank you to NetGalley and Alladin for this review copy.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Brianna - Coffee Books and Bullet Journals

    This was a really interesting premise. A thirteen year old girl finds out she's a witch and finds her powers. But the plot was really confusing and jumbled.There were speech bubbles with a lot of text and there was just so much going on and at the same time, nothing really happend. It just didn't work for me.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Becca (Coffeebooksandjournals)

    Thank you to Netgalley for providing me with an earc copy. I really like the art style and the colors in the beginning parts. The story was pretty good. I liked how family came together in the end. That doesn’t always happen. I liked learning about Moth’s family. I loved the cat in this, I usually always love cats though.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Meaghan Brown

    So cute. Excellent illustrations. Very Sabrina the Teenage Witch-ish. A 13 year old outcast in Massachusetts finds out she has powers, and her mom lied to her. This graphic follows Moth as she learns about these powers through her mom's journal, and eventually meets her grandmother. It also tells the story of the founders of the town being witch hunters.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Leah (Jane Speare)

    This was very cute!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    Loved it! I would love more books about Moth learning witchcraft!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jeweliana

    This was such a cute story! And it was actually funny to the point where I was cracking up laughing 😄. I want a sequel!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

    I received an ARC from Book Expo. This was such a cute and fun graphic novel. Great for middle grade readers! Highly recommend.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Hannah’s Library

    What an adorable and fun graphic novel. It gave me all the Fall/Halloween/Witchy vibes. I could read an entire series about Moth Hush! My full review is here: https://hannahslibrary.com/2019/10/18...

  21. 5 out of 5

    Deanna (Deanna Reads Books)

    This review was originally posted on my review blog Deanna Reads Books The Good Witch was a fun coming of age graphic novel with a quirky protagonist just trying to learn to fit in. But also there is magic! And it deals a lot with family and conflict in those families and trying to figure out who you are. I think it did a really good job of showing what it's like to be in that awkward stage in life when you are just trying to figure out your life and your parents are only giving you one-sided an This review was originally posted on my review blog Deanna Reads Books The Good Witch was a fun coming of age graphic novel with a quirky protagonist just trying to learn to fit in. But also there is magic! And it deals a lot with family and conflict in those families and trying to figure out who you are. I think it did a really good job of showing what it's like to be in that awkward stage in life when you are just trying to figure out your life and your parents are only giving you one-sided answers. I felt like Moth was such a convincing young girl, and a lot of her struggles did really give me middle school flashbacks. Ack! Those truly were the worst days of my life. I was really glad that she finds a friend in this one, and I really like that they correct people that they are just friends a couple times! The artwork in this one was pretty good. The color wasn't complete in this advanced copy I read, so only half of it was in color and the other half was in black and white. I did like the really saturated colors in this one. I think the noses were done a little weird here, but it wasn't huge dealbreaker for this one. This book is being comped with Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and I would say that is a very fair assessment of this book. If we are talking old school Melissa Joan Hart Sabrina, because it has such a light-hearted fun feel to it, even though it does deal with those hard topics. I think this is great for any middle school reader in your life, or if you just want a nice light coming of age book to read. *I received an eARC copy of this book via Netgalley and the publisher Aladdin. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Wendi Lee

    4.5 stars I loved everything about this book. Moth was a fun, sympathetic protagonist who has never really belonged in her mostly white small town. Her discovery that magic was real felt empowering and special. Even better were her interactions with her mom, a quirky woman who has pretended for years not to be a witch. To me, the heart of this graphic novel was the relationships (at times tenuous) between Moth, her mom, and her grandmother. Who else has powerful witches for family mem 4.5 stars I loved everything about this book. Moth was a fun, sympathetic protagonist who has never really belonged in her mostly white small town. Her discovery that magic was real felt empowering and special. Even better were her interactions with her mom, a quirky woman who has pretended for years not to be a witch. To me, the heart of this graphic novel was the relationships (at times tenuous) between Moth, her mom, and her grandmother. Who else has powerful witches for family members? What should Moth do, follow the footsteps of her mother, or those of her grandmother? In navigating the push-and-pull between accepting magic wholeheartedly, or pretending to be "normal," Moth discovers her own well of inner strengths. This will be a fantastic graphic novel for tweens struggling with fitting in, or finding their own unique strengths. Honestly, this is a fantastic book for adults too! And I absolutely have to mention her adorable familiar, Mr. Laszlo. The cat's past life was a beautiful, bittersweet addition to the story. I admit, it made me cry! Another beloved supporting character was Moth's friend, Charlie. Every character and side-story was woven perfectly into the narrative, which was very satisfying! I want more Okay Witch adventures!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus Moth lives in Founder's Bluff on the east coast, and her town has an annual celebration that celebrations the founders, the Kramers, triumphing over a group of witches. The problem? Moth finds out after a small incident that she and her mother are, in fact, witches! She keeps this fact from her new friend whose father is a Kramer, even though she uses her magic to earn him a role in the school play about the town's founding. The real problem is wi E ARC from Edelweiss Plus Moth lives in Founder's Bluff on the east coast, and her town has an annual celebration that celebrations the founders, the Kramers, triumphing over a group of witches. The problem? Moth finds out after a small incident that she and her mother are, in fact, witches! She keeps this fact from her new friend whose father is a Kramer, even though she uses her magic to earn him a role in the school play about the town's founding. The real problem is with her mother, who doesn't want Moth to have anything to do with witchcraft, mainly because of the mother's difficulties during the time of the Salem Witch Trials with her own mother. Moth's grandmother wants to shelter her kin from the difficulties of the world by allowing them to remain in the realm of the witches, which Moth and her mother don't find exciting. Add to this the fact that the town's depiction of witches is offensive, and you have a very interesting take on the festival and play. Things come to a head both in Moth's school and in her family world. How will she find a way forward? Strengths: I love the Aladdin M!X and MAX books, and so was pleasantly surprised to find that this was a graphic novel. The art is quite appealing, and the story easy to follow, with text that is a good size. There are strong themes of family, being true to oneself, and making friends who might be different from you. I also loved the former shop owner turned cat! Definitely a winner, and one of the rare graphic novels with a character of color. Hooray! Weaknesses: The noses were a bit odd. I don't know why so many graphic novels depict noses as being a different (darker) color than people's faces, nor why this bothers and distracts me. This was a bit overly angsty with the family relationships, but my readers won't care. What I really think: Definitely purchasing. Many of my readers like to think that they could be witches or have magical powers, so this will circulate well!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Autumn Byrd

    ARC was given by in exchange for an honest review Content/Trigger Warnings: Bullying, harassment, minor racism, scene of parental abuse/child abuse, talk of death Magic is harder than it looks and it always comes with a price. Moth Hush is a thirteen year old who loves all things witchy and is just trying to survive school. She’s about to learn witches aren’t like how they are in fairy tales and movies, they’re more complex. When the bullies at her school take things too far, strange things begin to happen. Now Moth’review ARC was given by in exchange for an honest review Content/Trigger Warnings: Bullying, harassment, minor racism, scene of parental abuse/child abuse, talk of death Magic is harder than it looks and it always comes with a price. Moth Hush is a thirteen year old who loves all things witchy and is just trying to survive school. She’s about to learn witches aren’t like how they are in fairy tales and movies, they’re more complex. When the bullies at her school take things too far, strange things begin to happen. Now Moth’s world will open up to things she never even knew about before. That is if her mother doesn’t stop her first. From talking cats, to family secrets, all the way to flying brooms… Moth’s life will never be the same again. Readers, this was the perfect book to put me in the mood for the spooky season! Black cats, magic, and witches, oh my! I have been eager for all things witchy and spooky. And this graphic novel was the perfect way to fall into the mood. From the fall setting to all the magical witchy things happening, this is a super cute graphic novel to get anyone ready for Halloween. This was such a cute and precious middle grade book to read! From the bond between Moth and her mother to the talking cat, all the way to Moth making a friend who’s just as quirky as she is, I loved every piece of this book. This graphic novel has so much to offer and I think many readers will enjoy this book. Plus, what better way to bring in the fall season then to curl up with a graphic novel packed with witches and magic with a gorgeous fall setting?! There’s also some really great representation in this graphic novel. We get main characters who visibly brown skin and we also get two different family dynamics! Be still my beating heart! I truly loved Moth’s character in this book. While this graphic novel does take place close to Halloween, you can tell that Moth wears her uniqueness on her sleeve. She doesn’t bend to what the world wants her to be like and it really shows her uniqueness. And when she reveals her room, I couldn’t helping being in awe. She really devotes herself to the things that she loves and it was so nice to have that little glimpse. I also really love the bond Moth shares with her mother. Even though throughout this book Moth’s mother tries to prevent Moth from learning and magic, there’s a lot of love and a strong bond there between the two of them. That bond really shows at the beginning and end of this graphic novel. The way Moth and her mother feel about each other so strongly is so wholesome and touching. And can I take a moment to gush about the artwork? The artwork is simply stunning and there’s so many pages where the mood it really set thanks to the artwork on the pages. It’s extremely easy to get wrapped up in the story and the artwork because of the way they flow together. I think it’s some of my most favorite art style for a graphic novel that I’ve seen so far and it definitely left an imprint on my memory. However, my only true issue with this graphic novel and why I feel like I can’t commit to giving it five stars is due to a lot of history. This graphic novel has a way of reading like a history lesson and the readers are in class. There’s a lot of talk about the witch trials and colonization that gets focused on heavily throughout this book. Often times, this graphic novel felt like you really had to pay attention otherwise you would miss a lot of this that happen later on in the book. It all felt very school-y and homework-y for my tastes. It truly felt like I was sitting in history class all over again and I was about to get a pop quiz on witches and colonization. Also, I’m even sure how accurate the witch trials and colonization were represented in this book. I can definitely testify that the witch trials did originally start in the UK and Europe, which later on expanded over into North America, but past that I can’t speak for how accurate things were. Overall, I truly did enjoy this graphic novel. It was a great way to kick off the fall season and get in the mood for all the spooky things to come. If you’ve been here a while, you know I love different family dynamics and this graphic novel offers so much of that in that diverse family department. It truly warmed my heart o see a single mother and her daughter in this book, but also see the dysfunctional family side of things as well. It was a breath of fresh air. But in all honesty, if you’re looking for a book to put you in the mood for fall, Halloween, and everything that comes along for the ride then this is the book for you! There’s so much representation and the main character is absolutely precious! Plus, there’s a talking cat! |Blog|Instagram|Twitter|YouTube|

  25. 5 out of 5

    Carmen

    I received a copy from Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Moth Hush has never fit in her small town. It’s okay because she has her mom, but she wishes she could make a friend or at least finally fit in enough to stop getting picked on by her peers. Everything changes on one glorious Halloween. Not only does she make a friend, but she discovers that she’s a witch! Coming into the magic she didn’t know runs through her family is I received a copy from Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Moth Hush has never fit in her small town. It’s okay because she has her mom, but she wishes she could make a friend or at least finally fit in enough to stop getting picked on by her peers. Everything changes on one glorious Halloween. Not only does she make a friend, but she discovers that she’s a witch! Coming into the magic she didn’t know runs through her family is the coolest thing that’s ever happened to her. Unfortunately, her mom swore off magic before she was born and doesn’t want to teach Moth a thing. In fact, she has a no magic rule. Falling face first into very real centuries old witch hunt, things quickly get out of control and she comes into her own right in the middle of it all. I’m a huge fan of all things witches so I was very excited when I saw this book because it sounded cute, inspiring, and right up my alley. I was not disappointed because Emma Steinkellner had me glued to every page and ready to see what happens next. I love Moth as a character. She doesn’t fit in and she’s lonely, but she marches to the beat of her own drum and doesn’t let it get in the way of her interests. The storytelling and artwork go hand in hand and tell a beautiful story about a 13-year-old girl finding who she is at an age where everyone is still confused about who they are and who they want to be. Moth is extremely relatable, and I think that any kid who has been picked on or bullied can see a piece of themselves in Moth. I love that she’s outspoken, thoughtful, and makes mistakes along the way. Alongside Moth is a great cast of characters ranging from her mom and new friend to a helpful ghost and a group of witches who just want fellow witches to be safe and happy. I love the way that Moth’s family history, which is tied into the true history of her small town, are presented and explained through a series of flashbacks. I was so absorbed in the story at this point that my phone rang, scaring me, and I was waiting for that call when I started reading! At its core, this is a story of friendship, family, and compromising rather than trying to force love ones to do what one thinks is best for them. I loved seeing Moth and company become a strong unit as she comes into her own and finds the confidence and strength to help and save the people she loves. I absolutely love the story and the artwork and I am looking forward to reading more of Steinkellner’s work in the future.

  26. 5 out of 5

    laurel [suspected bibliophile]

    Moth Hush is just your average ordinary girl who feels really out of place in her small coastal Massachusetts town—and she discovers that part of her feelings are because she's a witch. Witches and magic exist, and they're not the evil beings that her hometown claims they are. Okay this was just too stinking adorable. So cute. And this is not biased by my thinking that all people-turned-super-fluffy-cats are just precious. From the adorable illustrations to the very relatable feelings of not Moth Hush is just your average ordinary girl who feels really out of place in her small coastal Massachusetts town—and she discovers that part of her feelings are because she's a witch. Witches and magic exist, and they're not the evil beings that her hometown claims they are. Okay this was just too stinking adorable. So cute. And this is not biased by my thinking that all people-turned-super-fluffy-cats are just precious. From the adorable illustrations to the very relatable feelings of not fitting in (I'm saying this from a general "I'm weird and kids don't like me," without the added feelings of people a person of color in a town that has racist asshat kids like Moth experiences), this is just a fantastic book with lots of magic and witches and history. And history is a big part of the story, from witch-hunting and the vilification of witches and people who were different or didn't fit into the white Puritan norm, to those in present day times who had trouble fitting in as well. And while history is very much written by the victors, there are ways to reconnect to the past and bring back the true history of what actually happened. So there's definitely a deeper subtext to the story on top of being really, really cute. Moth is hilarious (as are the illustrations), and her reactions are 100% what I would expect from someone who always felt different and just discovered why. Magic? Yes, please! And bonus points for the huge cast of marginalized peoples. In addition to Moth, her mom and her grandmother, there are other people of color, and a very key gay couple that just made my eyes tear up (although I will not leave a mouse for my wife because ew—plus I think either the cat or dog would eat it before she came home anyways). So. Ostracization. History. The deep discomfort of producing middle grade plays about a reimagined historical past. Friendship. Betrayal. Belonging. Facing the crimes of your ancestors. Magic. And one adorably fluffy talking Jewish cat. I received this ARC from NetGalley for an honest review.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Elly (imaginemorebooks)

    *** I received an ARC of this graphic novel from Simon and Schuster and NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. However, this does not influence my opinions in any way.*** Publication Date: September 3, 2019 5/5 Stars When it comes to witches, I am all over it! This middle grade graphic novel followed a young girl on her journey to harness her new found powers while confronting the harsh town history and where her family belongs in it. I honestly loved every m *** I received an ARC of this graphic novel from Simon and Schuster and NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. However, this does not influence my opinions in any way.*** Publication Date: September 3, 2019 5/5 Stars When it comes to witches, I am all over it! This middle grade graphic novel followed a young girl on her journey to harness her new found powers while confronting the harsh town history and where her family belongs in it. I honestly loved every minute of this graphic novel. I was a little hesitant at first since it was middle grade, but I loved it none the less. There was a wonderful level of humor to balance out the intense history. Additionally, it was a wonderful portrayal of a coming of age story. Moth always felt like an outcast and once she found out her family history, much like her powers, her story arch also began to blossom. In hand, there was a wonderful parallel between Moth’s struggles as well as her ancestor’s struggles. Even though they were born centuries apart and dealt with differing topics, there was still a clear line between the two. But most importantly, Moth grew in a way to bridge the two together and form her own path in life. This is the exact kind of graphic novel I wish I could have had growing up. Not only is the magic and artwork intriguing, but it teaches a wonderful lesson in staying true to yourself and sticking to your morals, no matter the obstacles in your way. I can’t wait to show this graphic novel to some young women in my life, and hopefully they will see the enjoyment I had while reading it myself!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Packy

    Here's where I always get hung up in writing reviews. I loved this book. But why did I love this book? It's not just because it has a talking cat. Did I mention it has a talking cat? It's not really a talking cat. It's a perfectly normal cat that's agreed to be possessed by a delightful elderly deceased Jewish gentleman, and it's him that does all the talking. The cat handles the craving of tuna and the dropping of dead mice on your doormat. Ms. Steinkellner drops gems of humor like t Here's where I always get hung up in writing reviews. I loved this book. But why did I love this book? It's not just because it has a talking cat. Did I mention it has a talking cat? It's not really a talking cat. It's a perfectly normal cat that's agreed to be possessed by a delightful elderly deceased Jewish gentleman, and it's him that does all the talking. The cat handles the craving of tuna and the dropping of dead mice on your doormat. Ms. Steinkellner drops gems of humor like that all through the wonderfully drawn novel. She captures the picturesque beauty of the fictional coastal Massachusetts town of Founders Bluff effectively; it reminds me of all the small New England towns I know well. The protagonist Moth Hush is intensely relatable; she's every unique kid who's been teased and bullied at school. As the story unfolds, we learn more about her family history and why she's a witch. It's a story about discovering who you are and forging your own path in life, one that you don't need to be a 13-year-old girl to relate to. Oh, and whenever Mr. Lazlo (that's the delightful deceased gentleman possessing the cat) speaks, my brain hears Jackie Mason (though the author claims to have had Felix Bressart and Harvey Firestein in mind while writing).

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kitty Jay

    Moth Hush is an energetic, quirky girl who lives alone with her mother and picked on by the local school bullies. When strange things start happening, however, she learns a secret: her family are witches! Descended from a group who were chased out of a Puritan town, her mother turned her back on the group and tries to teach Moth how dangerous magic can be. Moth is determined, however - how can magic not be cool? - and with the help of her new friend, Charlie, and a familiar, she begins to teach herse Moth Hush is an energetic, quirky girl who lives alone with her mother and picked on by the local school bullies. When strange things start happening, however, she learns a secret: her family are witches! Descended from a group who were chased out of a Puritan town, her mother turned her back on the group and tries to teach Moth how dangerous magic can be. Moth is determined, however - how can magic not be cool? - and with the help of her new friend, Charlie, and a familiar, she begins to teach herself magic. The art in this is dynamic and colorful, with plenty of expression and emotion in all the characters. Even something as simple as a boy being nervous on stage is brought to life in only two panels. I could see the action unfolding even though the panels are static. The storyline is also interesting - I loved the fact that they actually brought in Hecate! - and Moth is an endearing character, even when she makes mistakes. A very cute story with delightful artwork!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    The Okay Witch is adorable from start to finish. If you don’t love it for the art, you’ll love it for Moth and her journey of self-discovery. Moth Hush is a weird, friendless outcast who discovers that her family isn’t at all what it seems. Putting magic in place for the consequences of our emotional outbursts, Moth literally steals the mouths right off some bullies’ faces. The Okay Witch features all kinds of teenage witch favorites: talking cat, cool best friend, family s The Okay Witch is adorable from start to finish. If you don’t love it for the art, you’ll love it for Moth and her journey of self-discovery. Moth Hush is a weird, friendless outcast who discovers that her family isn’t at all what it seems. Putting magic in place for the consequences of our emotional outbursts, Moth literally steals the mouths right off some bullies’ faces. The Okay Witch features all kinds of teenage witch favorites: talking cat, cool best friend, family secrets, and other realms. I really loved watching Moth figure out the extent of her powers reveling in her triumphs and reacting to the uncontrollable nature of her magic. An especially empowering scene comes near the end when Moth decides to make a commitment to herself and her magic in her own way, telling both her mother and her grandmother that it’s hers to discover. Which is a great coming-of-age message that no two people will get through the same experience in the same way. The Okay Witch is a must-read for everyone, adults and kids. (review will be live closer to publication)

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