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.
October 31, 2017  |  224 pages
(Read from Aug 8, 2018 to Aug 8, 2018)
Grade: A–    (switch to numeric scale)
L/E Ratio: 90% Entertainment, 10% Literature
Tags:
Writing Quality:
Low High
Originality:
Low High

Addictiveness:
Low High
Movie Potential:
Low High

Re-readability:
Low High
Sequel Potential:
Low High
Comment:
Beautiful art and a satisfyingly ambiguous protagonist. What do I mean by ambiguous? Well, The Witch Boy is a story that dismantles gender roles without lapsing into identity autopsy. Its main character, Aster, is a boy who wants to be a witch. This is all the information we get, and for the purposes of the story, this is all the information we need. Aster's sexuality is irrelevant. The crux of the story remains the same: He wants to occupy a conventionally feminine gender role, and that's okay.  (+3 votes)