The Witch Boy, Molly Ostertag
Molly Ostertag’s The Witch Boy is a gorgeously illustrated graphic novel that, in a way accessible to readers of all ages, tackles the fear of ostracism so many people suffer from because they are different from what our contemporary society tries to deem as “normal”. But in a world where everyone follows the rules (and punishes those who don’t), thirteen-year-old Aster is about to break every single one.
For eons, girls have been raised to be witches and boys grow up to be shapeshifters. Anyone who dares to step a toe out of line is exiled. This, of course, is a problem for Aster, who can’t seem to get a handle on shapeshifting like the other boys, but is fascinated by Witchery and appears to have a natural talent for it. When a mysterious creature begins to attack the other boys he lives with, Aster is positive that he can help — but as a witch, not a shapeshifter. With the help of a new, non-magical friend (who I personally think that everyone will instantly love.) But it will take more than a non-conforming best friend for Aster to help his family. It will take the courage to stand up for what he believes in and to truly be himself, no matter the consequence.