The Witch Boy by Molly Ostertag

The Witch Boy

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...

Details The Witch Boy

TitleThe Witch Boy
Release DateJan 1st, 1970
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Childrens, Middle Grade, Fantasy, Comics, Young Adult, Graphic Novels Comics

Reviews The Witch Boy

  • Lola Reviewer
    This works very well as a standalone. I don’t feel as if there are unanswered questions or elements missing. Still, I wish to read more books about Aster and his magical community. The characters are strong. They all play a certain role in the story. It’s when you can’t imagine a book without its different characters that you realize they’ve left an impression on you and are worthy of being in the story. Aster is so relatable. In his worl...
  • Korrina (OwlCrate)
    Such a cute little graphic novel that challenges gender constructs in a unique way. Plus it's just a fun spooky magical story! My only complaint was that I wish it was a bit longer and more fleshed out. But I really enjoyed reading it.
  • Davey
    (The bookstore where I work received an ARC of this today from Scholastic and, as it was a particularly slow day, I read it all in one go while standing behind the cash register.)I loved it. I loved the world right away--in fact, I wished it were longer (or perhaps the beginning of a series) just because the magic was so interesting. I really dug the artwork, too, of course. It felt very organic. But also magical. And I liked the character design...
  • Rachael Hobson
    Actual rating: 3.5 stars This is a really lovely story. It's a morality story with a magical twist. Let people be who they truly are! This is a middle grade novel, which is probably why the story moved as fast as it did. I personally wish there was more detail in regards to both the build up and climax of the story.
  • Stacy Fetters
    "Oh! I wanted to ask: Do you get a flying broom? A what? Nevermind. Pass the cookies?" From page one, I was trapped in a magical world that I didn't want to escape from. The story was very different from what is being released that I didn't want it to end. The art was exceptional. Can't wait for the actual release to see all the artwork in full color. The first few pages were in color and it made the story pop in a different light. All magic has ...
  • Lorie Barber
    Aster lives in a magical community where boys shapeshift and girls practice witchcraft, yet he can't shapeshift but shows promise in the magical arts. The problem? His family freaks out when they see him trying to practice magic. However, when the community is threatened by a demon, Aster's powers may help save them. But will Aster be brave enough to show everyone who he truly is?At first, I absolutely LOVED this middle grade graphic novel debut....
  • Barbara
    In this graphic novel that challenges gender roles and stereotypes, thirteen-year-old Aster is sure he has the ability to become a witch. But in his family, only girls can become witches while boys are destined to be shapeshifters. While he waits to find out the animal shape into which he will shift and soaks up everything he can about spells and magic, three family members disappear. Aster comes under suspicion because he's different from his ot...
  • Gemma
    Though the main character is 13, I think that his story and experiences are accessible to a variety of ages. The very personal, intimate look we have into Aster's experience as a boy who's supposed to shape-shift, but feels more inclined/is gifted to witchery, makes this story very powerful and evocative. I couldn't help but be drawn into the narrative and feel Aster's loneliness, small comforts in the form of practicing witchery and meeting Char...
  • Mary
    I really enjoyed this book! It was a quick but exciting read. I like to read about characters that live outside the “norm.” I am a huge fan of the art as well! Nice diverse cast, which is much appreciated. I can’t wait to read more about Aster, his family, friends, and adventures!
  • Amanda
    The full color graphics are going to be amazing in this. Can't wait to see the final book.
  • Steve Chaput
    Ostertag introduces us to Aster, a young man whose family, both male and female, have powers. Approaching manhood it is expected that Aster will begin showing the shapeshifting abilites that the males in his group demonstrate. However, as he seems incapable of this he becomes fascinating with the spell casting lessons that allow his sisters, mothers and other females to perform magical incantations.
  • Melissa
    Astor's community has passed down magic for generations with girls learning witchery and boys developing their shapeshifting abilities. These rules of magic are followed to protect the supposed natural order of the world, but our hero finds himself drawn to witchery, sneaking into classes to learn spells and casting in the night to practice. No one understands Astor's yearning except a girl he meets in the non-magic world; the two bond over the d...
  • Munro's Kids
    The sign of a good story for me is one that leaves you wanting more, and this one definitely left me wanting more even though ending was complete and satisfying. The pacing of the narrative was perfect, and I loved how the artwork wasn't trying to be artsy or experimental, and instead focused on characterization through detailed character design (ie. Aster accessorizes with protection charms from his mother, while at the same time being fascinate...
  • Samantha
    I received an ARC of The Witch Boy from Scholastic for a review on Rogues Portal . You can read an excerpt from that review below, or click this link to read it in full. **The Witch Boy is Molly Ostertag‘s middle grade graphic novel debut. It follows 13 year-old Aster, whose magical family raises boys to be shapeshifters and girls to be witches. But Aster isn’t like the other boys. He hasn’t found his animal form; frankly, he would rather ...
  • Krys
    The Witch Boy by Molly OstertagGraphic novel ages 8-12Release date: October 31, 2017 (appropriate 😄)Everyone in Aster's family has magic. Boys become shapeshifters and girls witches. No exceptions.Until maybe now. Aster can't quite seem to get the hang of shapeshifting and much prefers listening in on the girls magic lessons but no one seems okay with this. In fact, the last male to try and learn witchery went bad and stole a powerful artifact...
  • Kay
    Very sweet Children's/YA Graphic Novel about finding your place, even if that means defying expected gender norms. Aster wants to practice witchcraft, which is something only the women in his family are able to study. Through some sneaking and spying, he learns what he can & practices on his own. With the encouragement of a new friend, Aster uses his gifts in witchcraft to help save some of the members of his family from a dark (and kidnapping) t...
  • Laura
    This is a story that I picked up because it was about witchcraft. I personally am drawn to books about witchcraft, and this book was interesting. I liked the plot, and would recommend this to anyone that likes Fantasy, Comic Books, and stories about someone that wants to be something they can't.The plot really stood out to me, and it was interesting that the story is told from a boy's point of view, trying to be something that girls usually would...
  • Kari
    **4.5 Stars**ARC received for review from BEA.This is an excellent middle-lit graphic novel about a boy who wants to be a witch like his sisters. Only, in his world boys are shape shifters and girls are witches; everything about the other is kept secret. But Aster spies on the girls' classes and learns some of the secret spells; and guess what.... he is good at it. I really enjoyed the fact that this is a beautiful and subtle way of bringing up t...
  • Marisa
    The only bad thing about this graphic novel was that it ended so soon! Boys are trained to be shifters, girls are trained to be witches. That is how it has been and will be.Until Aster.A boy who can't find his shifter animal, yet all he wants to do it listen to the girls' witch lessons. When an evil creature threatens his home and family, Aster might be the only one who can save day.Beautiful story about a boy just trying to find his place and ge...
  • Tammy
    I read an advance copy so only the first 16 pages were in color but I did love getting a peek at how the graphic novel will look in it's finished form. Aster's entire family has magical powers. The boys are shapeshifters and the girls are witches but Aster wants to be a witch and not a shapeshifter. I wish more than one adult recognized Aster's abilities for witchcraft and encouraged him to do what he's good at. I liked Aster and Charlie's friend...
  • Sandra
    Clever and adorable. Can't wait to see the finished full color version. In a family where boys become shape shifters and girls become witches, Aster feels the pull of witch magic and no urge to shift-which gets him grief from both sides. When his cousins start vanishing no one listens to him except for the non-magical girl who caught him practicing. Feels like a complete story, but I'd love to see more of Aster and Charlie. I mean, Aster is a swe...
  • Abigail
    I got a copy of this book at BEA and while I was looking forward to it, I was a bit disappointed. The story had an interesting set up, but it felt like something that could have developed over a few books instead of being truncated into one. I found some of the foreshadowing to be too obvious and the responses from characters to be canned and too quick to have an opinion and too fast reversed the opinion to fit the story. I also found there to be...
  • Ashlie Elizabeth
    I enjoyed this story with a message that boils down very neatly to "be who you are, even if it goes against the roles laid out for you." A family with magic that sticks tightly to gender roles is confronted by an outside evil, and the key to their safety lies in a boy who has always longed to cultivate his gift for "female" magic. My biggest complaint was that it read a little short- I wanted more of the magical word and the MC's interactions wit...
  • Z
    This book is hands down incredible. I loved every second so much, from the amazing drawings to the fast plot to the great characters. Witch Boy does so much to push the boundaries of gender norms, another facet of this book I absolutely love. Seriously. Go buy this when it comes out. The copy I read didn't even have color for half of it but I was still incredible. Would give it more stars if I could.
  • Alexa
    Aster is supposed to be a shapeshifter like the rest of the men, but he wants to study witchery with the women. Plus, he has a talent for it! I loved the way the author gave Aster a way to talk about everything outside of his family and nothing insanely bad happened. I would happily read more about Aster's future adventures as they break down the gender barriers in this society. I read an advance copy of this and can't wait to see it all in full ...
  • Stephanie Tournas
    Sweet and smart story about a boy who wants to do the magic that his society reserves for girls only. Boys are supposed to be shapeshifters, girls are groomed to become witches. Aster wants to learn what the girls learn, and everyone makes fun of him. He makes a friend in a non-magical girl who, like Aster, doesn't conform. And finally his skills, learned on the sly, help save the day.
  • Clare Vaughn
    My favorite kind of story, where witches kick ass and gender norms eat grass (badum-che). The characters are also fantastic, easily relatable and full of depth despite their short showtime. Incredibly fun to read, with a remarkably poignant and relevant plot. Can't wait to see the final thing in full color, as it's already gorgeous. All my love to this incredible author and illustrator.
  • Emma
    This was okay but holy cow it was not subtle. I don't mind that in some cases but there wasn't enough world building in this book to back it up. In a book where ALL of the tension comes from the fact that boys can't be witches I need a little more than "that's the way it's always been" when it comes to internal logic.
  • Jennifer
    A nice book about being different from those around you set in a unique world of magic and mystery. Characters were very memorable and fairly realistic. Should be a hit with the Telegemeier set. There were a few small plot holes, but overall well done! Hope we continue to get more stories like this for young readers. Can't wait to see the full color version.