The Hidden Witch (The Witch Boy, #2) by Molly Ostertag

The Hidden Witch (The Witch Boy, #2)

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 escap...

Details The Hidden Witch (The Witch Boy, #2)

TitleThe Hidden Witch (The Witch Boy, #2)
Release DateOct 30th, 2018
PublisherScholastic Inc.
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Fantasy, Childrens, Middle Grade, Comics, Young Adult, LGBT, Fiction, Graphic Novels Comics, Magic

Reviews The Hidden Witch (The Witch Boy, #2)

  • David Schaafsma
    A solid and perhaps even better entry into the series about Aster, a boy who doesn't want to do what boys are raised to do, which is become shape-shifters. He wants to be a witch, which (!) requires some adjustment by his family and friends and society in general. His friend is Charlie, a girl who is neither a witch nor a shape-shifter, but is what J.K. Rowling would call a muggle (i.e., us). Charlie has a new friend, Ariel, a foster child, that ...
  • Sara
    Is there anything more marvelous when the second book in a series delivers on all the promise of the first? If you read my reviews you'll know I live in almost perpetual fear of what I call second novel syndrome. You read a terrific first book in a trilogy or new series and then BOOM everything goes to hell in a handbasket in book two. The fun, quirky sidekick with one or two clever bon mots in book one is now front and center spouting wisecracks...
  • Rose
    A vibrant and adorable graphic novel about children dealing with life, Ostertag amazingly couches topics like gender non-conformity, depression, and mental-illness with a fantastical shroud, making it beautifully accessible to children who may need diverse role models like the children in this book.As with the Witch Boy, it makes me wish that something like this had been on the shelves when I was young.
  • Rod Brown
    While falling a little short of the first book, this is a pretty strong follow-up that establishes an appealing Scooby gang for ongoing adventures, which I will gladly read.
  • laurel [suspected bibliophile]
    I wasn't as bowled over by this one as I was by the first one, but that's because it feels like this plot was less original. As soon as you see Ariel, you kinda know what's going to happen.But that's okay.It's enjoyable, and the illustrations are a gorgeous riot of color and emotion. I love the quiet yet overt LGBTQIA+ representation, along with diverse POC, and the idea that people can change for the better. That no one is irredeemable, even if ...
  • Aisling Berube
    This is an unbelievably good sequel. It's not often that I can say I potentially loved the sequel more than the original but Molly has created a world that I can't help but get lost in. Her characters are instantly relatable, whether they're meant to be role models or whether they're meant to teach us a lesson. To continue to read about Aster's journey is perhaps the most relatable of all for many of us, to follow a kid who is just trying to find...
  • Laura
    Real cute. Great story, great messages, adventurous and exciting. Art is cute and expressive. Colors are warm and enveloping.
  • N (they/them)
    4.5 starsThis sequel was just as good as the first one, if not better! We are getting introduced to a wider cast of characters and the world is slowly expanding and I just love everything that's happening so much grhjdh. I'm lowkey highkey in love with all of the new characters introduced (and with all of the old ones, but that goes without saying). I'm very excited to see where Molly Ostertag takes this series in the next installment!! I would a...
  • Kathryn Kania
    I love these books T_T
  • Tib
    Not my favorite out of the two, but still really good. This one deals with a new witch who lives with foster parents. She's been bullied and is now more likely to lash out than let someone get close to her, which is what happens with Charlie and Aster. This series deals with a lot of heavy topics really well and the art is simply beautiful. Definitely worth the read at like eleven at night while I waited for my parents to come back from vacation.
  • Bookishrealm
    This was my second read for #PanelAThon and I enjoyed it! I completely read the books out of order haha, so that could be a reason why I didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would. I'll be posting a full review on here once it goes live on my blog.
  • Cy
    i'm emo over how good this book is????? so much friendship!! so much found family!! so much truth and honest feelings and helping each other and good vibes!! i want to read this series forever.
  • Maia
    This is a really nice follow up to the previous book. The story is less focused on Aster and spreads out into a group of teens, some magic, some not, all trying to figure out which direction they want to go in life. The story takes place over about one week, and in this one the big battle is not against a cursed dragon, but against the bruises and wounds life deals to every misfit teen. The art is clear and effective. I want to use this book as a...
  • Devon
    An absolute home run of a sequel. It immediately had what I wanted most (which was Charlie's dads and Charlie showing clear disinterest when her friends talk about a dreamy boy from camp) and again the dialogue from these kids felt like it was taken straight from my heart. I really cannot sing the praise of this series enough; along with continuing the themes and metaphors of gender this sequel expands the themes of hurt and anger that were there...
  • Jenna
    Wonderfully done and just as good, if not better than the first! It did seem like a smaller plot than book one, but Hidden Witch tied up all the little loose ends while bringing in a new character and new troubles. Lovely drawing style again and the atmospheric color palette and border panels worked well together. (view spoiler)[Is it just me, or is there a little bit more going on with Ariel? There are many pointed glances and blushes whenever s...
  • orangerful
    Just as good as the first one! I didn't even remember I had requested this so when it appeared on my desk, I was cautiously optimistic about a sequel to 'The Witch Boy'. But this was a fantastic read and I'm hoping there will be a book 3 so continue the adventures of these four kids.
  • Misty
    I found this an improvement on the first volume, and am curious to see more from the world and characters, should the series continue.Review here (live 10/19/18).
  • Elizabeth Mellen
    😍😍 I loved this sequel even more! Can’t wait for the third one
  • R Macklin
    I didn't like this quite as much as the first one, but I loved the emotional depth of this story. I really enjoy that Ostertag is showing healing through restorative justice to a young audience.
  • Sasha
    Great, quick read! Magic, inclusivity, friendship— it’s got it all!
  • Leanne Jones
    This one was just as good as book 1! I really enjoyed it and I can't wait to see what else Ms Ostertag does!
  • Lizzy // The Bookish Unicorn
    I love this series so much, I can't wait for more!
  • Katiria
    This graphic novel series just gets better and better in each volume I loved and enjoyed this graphic novel series so much. The Witch Boy graphic novel series is one of my all-time favorite middle grades graphic novel series that I started to read a couple of years ago. I love the uniqueness and different plotline and aspect of this awesome book that I have not read before in graphic novels yet. The writing style flows very beautifully and very e...
  • Christy
    Scholastic has so many amazing graphic novels out this fall, including The Hidden Witch, the sequel to The Witch Boy! I had the chance to read them both, a treat since I interviewed Molly Ostertag at SDCC 2016 and she was so excited about her first written + drawn novel. I loved Aster’s story, first struggling against the societal norm that only women can become witches and instead must become a shapeshifter. In The Hidden Witch, Aster sets out...
  • Dakota Morgan
    The Hidden Witch is the rare follow-up that actually improves upon its predecessor. My sole complaint about The Witch Boy was that character- and world-building was lacking. The Hidden Witch fortunately solves that problem by bringing a new, outsider witch into the world and focusing on a smaller group of characters so that their personalities can really shine.Aster, the witch boy from the previous volume, must help his non-witch friend Charlie f...
  • Winter Blanc
    I am loving this series!MILD SPOILERS!! I love Aster! He isn't trying to fit in with his cousins just trying to do what he loves and he's doing his best to stay positive through all the ridicule.I really liked how we got to see Charlie in her life. In the last book Charlie didn't even question Aster just accepted him and became friends with him right away. Seeing how she is at school, it showed that she's just as special as Aster or Ariel. Being ...
  • Kim
    This is a worthy sequel to The Witch Boy. The Hidden Witch is a story of redemption and finding one's place in the world. The main characters this time around include a new girl at school, Ariel, as well as Charlie and Aster. Ariel has lived a hard life and is currently in the foster system. There's no information about how long she's been in care, but she doesn't seem to know much to anything about her parents, so it appears that she may have be...
  • Gemma
    A solid follow-up to the first book, consistent in themes, story substance, engaging visuals, and array of characters. This is a touching story of developing self-confidence in one's abilities and interests, learning about / cultivating true friendship, redemption and learning to move forward from one's mistakes. In particular, I think one of the story's strengths is the author's portrayal of Charlie's empathy, her genuine and simple attempts to ...
  • Kirsten
    A sequel to the wonderful Witch Boy! This wonderful book expands on the character of Charlie, Aster's best friend from town. When Charlie meets Ariel, the new girl at her school, she reacts to her in typical warm, Charlie fashion. But can Ariel find it in herself to trust Charlie? Meanwhile, Aster is struggling in his witchery classes; not all of his family are entirely happy to be teaching a boy, and his grandmother has a frightening project for...