The Okay Witch And The Hungry Shadow by Emma Steinkellner

The Okay Witch And The Hungry Shadow by Emma Steinkellner. Aladdin, 2021. 9781534431492

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

Format: Graphic novel 

Genre:  Fantasy

What did you like about the book? I mean 8th grade is a tough year. However, 8th grade and you are a half-witch, with a talking cat that is actually a dead old man and a mom who is dating your teacher, well, that is just disastrous. In this sequel to the book The Okay Witch we are back together again with Moth and her journey to find who she truly is. Moth feels like she is so different from her peers and that she just doesn’t fit in, even when she tries. Within the very first week of school she ends up dressing just like the teacher her mom is dating and it goes viral in the teen social media universe. One day she finds a charm that allows her to make a wish. In true young adult fashion she chooses to fit in. One of the most impactful parts of the novel is when Moth is talking to her cat about not feeling like she is enough. By the end of the story we meet a completely different Moth who boldly declares that she is more than enough. The journey is one that many young people at this age navigate. The graphics are amazing. They are bold and vibrant. It is also amazing that Moth is a girl of color with curly hair, a witch main character we do not often see in young adult novels. 

Anything you didn’t like about it? I loved everything about this book! Now I must read the book right before it: Okay Witch

To whom would you recommend this book?  I recommend this book for every brown girl who feels awkward and that she is not enough. This book is perfect for readers age 9 and older who are looking to see fantasy characters that look like them and face similar issues as they do.

Who should buy this book? Middle schools, high schools and public libraries 

Where would you shelve it ? Graphic novels

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes 

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Rose Metayer, Boston Latin School, Boston MA 

Date of review: August 16, 2021

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