The Witch Boy (Paperback)
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More than anything, Aster wants to learn how to be a witch. But despite his affinity for that type of magic, his community adheres to strict gender roles. When caught spying on the girls lessons, he is admonished for his interest and pressured into following tradition by learning how to shapeshift. The only person who understands what he is going through is his friend Charlie, the type of girl who rides her bike off a cliff to prove she’s tough. When an unknown evil force begins kidnapping his male cousins, Aster knows that he is the only one who can save them. But he’ll have to break tradition and risk exile in order to do so.— From Kinsey's Picks
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
Molly Knox Ostertag 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. She currently lives in California and graduated in 2014 from the School of Visual Arts, where she studied cartooning and illustration. The Witch Boy is her middle-grade graphic novel debut.