The Witch Boy

Book review by Michael Berry, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 8+

Sensitive fantasy graphic novel explores gender roles.

Parents say

age 8+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 6+

Based on 2 reviews

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age 8+

Fantasy story without sexuality

My 7 year-old is a strong reader and it can be hard to find things that are challenging reading that are age appropriate. The Witch Boy seems to meet that need. The plot is compelling; issues of gender, identity, and fitting in with your family are explored but in a way that is accessible for younger audiences. The world of The Witch Boy is well-thought-out and explained, without feeling false or tacked on. And, unlike many "identity books," there is no preoccupation with crushes or other romantic relationships. A great fit for my fantasy-loving kid!

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age 8+

Thought-provoking, may raise questions

My 8 year old boy (a traditional "boy" in most areas, I think the term is "cis"?) devoured this book when it came from the library and asked for more in the series. He explained to me that, in the book, boys and girls weren't allowed to do the same things, but this boy, "who looks like a girl", wants to learn magic. I read it on his advice. It stars a boy, Aster, who is good at magic despite being a boy (boys in this universe are shape-shifters), and his friend Charlotte (known as Charlie, an African-American girl from the nonmagical part of society). The kids are thoughtful and persistent. I love that this book questions society's gender roles and has people of color. The scary parts are a bit scary, and some parents might be concerned over the witchcraft side of things (pentagrams and the like). Really, that was my biggest concern, that the "witchy" elements of the book would lead to it being rejected by some people who otherwise might enjoy its messages.

This title has:

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Great role models

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