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The Okay Witch

(The Okay Witch #1)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  5,261 ratings  ·  887 reviews
Sabrina the Teenage Witch meets Roller Girl in this hilarious, one-of-a-kind graphic novel about a half-witch who has just discovered the truth about herself, her family, and her town and is doing her best to survive middle school now that she knows everything!

Magic is harder than it looks.

Thirteen-year-old Moth Hush loves all things witchy. But she’s about to discover th
Paperback, 272 pages
Published September 3rd 2019 by Aladdin
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Oct 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of witches and teen dramadies
What an enjoyable read and a great story for this time of year with Halloween and hauntings and witches all about us. This went down smooth and easy.

The characters were well formed and the drama was good, not over dramatic, but enough. The artwork is nice and it enhanced the story.

Moth Hush is a teenager obsessed with witches and one day she discovers that she is actually a witch in this small town in Massachusetts. She is an outsider at school. She finds a past between her family and the town.
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The Okay Witch by Emma Steinkellner was more than okay. In fact, it was actually a rather fun and cute book with a bit of an insightful look into the Salem witch hunts. Now, this is definitely more of a kids book and doesn't really get into a lot of the deeper subjects that surround what went on back in those days, but it still touches base on some aspects of the situation. The story follows a young girl called Moth, someone who generally doesn't fit in at school and whos
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Delightful from start to finish! All the best elements of story: mystery, magic, humor, a hint of romance, friendship, family relationships, drama, dynamic characters, all combined with charming art to make an excellent Halloweeny story about a brand new witch, her crotchety familiar, her family, and her family secrets.
CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨
What a gorgeous graphic novel! I enjoyed this coming-of-age story about a witch who discovers her witchy heritage, that also explores prejudice, family, and change.

- Follows Moth, a 13-year old teenager who doesn't quite fit in at school. When she discovers that she possesses witch powers, Moth discovers that she has a long history in the town of Founder's Bluff and unravels the complex history of the town and who she is.
- I loved how this story explores family, change, and ultimately forgivenes
Melanie  Brinkman
Sometimes okay is more than okay.

Halloween should be the time of year where witches and other "weirdness" is acceptable. But 13 year old Moth Hush knows in real life that isn't true. When some bullies try to ruin her holiday, her powers emerge.

Living in Founders Bluff, Massachusetts comes with a centuries-old history of witch drama, and Moth's family is at the center of it. With the help of a talking cat and an enchanted diary, she finds a hidden witch world. But as she discovers secrets of gene
When an awkward 13-year-old, Moth Hush, discovers that she is descended from a long line of powerful witches; life becomes anything but average. With the help of her mom and a bevy of zany characters; she goes on an awesome adventure to reclaim her heritage.

I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I initially requested this graphic novel from NetGalley for my 13 yo daughter. While perusing a list of new releases for middle scho
Update Here's my full review: https://bookishrealmreviews.blogspot....

This was such a cute graphic novel! I’m so excited for people to check this one out. I have more to say but I think I want to save it for my written blog post. If you like witches, cute and positive friendships then definitely check this one out! Plus the artwork is AMAZING!
Julie Zantopoulos
This was a really cute middle-grade graphic novel about Moth who is obsessed with witches and dresses up as one on Halloween in the hopes to fly under the radar of bullies. Only, this Halloween, 13 yr old Moth performs her first magic. She's a witch and there's a long history to be shared about her family, her town, and the persecution witches have faced.

This reads like a history lesson in graphic novel form, on witches. It's cute but it gets a bit wordy and "are you paying att
A pretty cute graphic novel about witchcraft, family, and discovering your own abilities. Some of it felt a bit rushed at the end, where perhaps just a few thought bubbles could have made it more emotional and dramatic rather than just MAGIC. Similarly, some of the discussion of witches and belonging felt familiar, but that might just be from recently watching Sabrina....

Drawing style had great expressions and eyes, even if the mouths were rather over exaggerated at times. Reminded me of Sarin’s
Beth Cato
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley.

The Okay Witch is more than okay. It's absolutely charming. I adored this book and everything about it--art, story, characters, EVERYTHING. Moth is thirteen and doesn't fit in at school--and when she suddenly discovers she has magical powers, that doesn't exactly help much. This is a story packed with genuine heart. The tone is light, but there are heady issues addressed with a delicate hand. Moth is a wonderful, relatable heroine, but the entire cast
Jan 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
[3.5 Stars]
Wow I really enjoyed this. I really liked the setting and how Moth grows throughout this story. She's always been an outsider, and then she learns that she really is something different - a witch.

My main issue with this is that the plot moves sooo fast. Graphic novels usually move pretty quickly, but this story would have really benefited from being spread out into a series of graphic novels. It read like an entire season of a TV show was smooshed into a single, short episode. I wou
Nov 07, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Moth Hush doesn’t seem to fit in with her neighbors in Founder's Bluff, Massachusetts. Not only does she discover she is a witch, but that that witches have been persecuted by the mayor’s family since the town was formed. Moth befriends a boy, only to find out his is the mayor’s estranged son. Together, they join the school play, celebrating the town's struggles against witches. The two main themes are: (1) mother-daughter relationships as Moth’s mother has hidden the fact that Moth is a witch a ...more
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Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hey Everyone!

So this week, no this month, no this season, has a ton of new releases coming out and ya girl is about to be broke from all the books she is trying to buy! So many new titles came out this past Tuesday (Sept 3rd) and I only do a post a day so it was hard to organize all the posts about all the new books but that only means I will have so many posts coming at you guys for the next few weeks! I also still need to post my September list but it is so long!!! The Okay Witch is another re
4.5 stars. This was a sweet story of a girl discovering she’s a witch, and that she’s part of a a family of witches. Problem is, this was a secret to her, as she lives in a town run by a wealthy family with a history of hunting witches.
While main character Moth Hush is discovering her roots and her powers, she’s also becoming friends with a kind and not confident boy, who also happens to be the son of the current head of the town’s wealthy family.
The story is filled with gentle humour, even whil
Sep 08, 2020 rated it liked it
I looove the art, it’s so unique and gorgeous, and the colouring is very warm. The story is pretty simple but fun, with some small town mystery and lots of humour mixed in. Magical stuff is always fun and exciting! The climax and ending were rushed though, and the resolution felt too easy and quick.
Samantha W.
Omg so fun, and adorable, and a perfect October graphic novel.

Also, so accurate in terms of 13 year olds talking to their moms about anime. 😂
Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved everything about this book!
Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher. This does not impact my review which is honest and unbiased.

I was instantly intrigued by The Okay Witch. And I was surprised not only with the charming illustration style, but the way Steinkellner is able to balance a story about family, unique history of witches, and people's ability to change. It's one of those graphic novels that has more than meets the eye. Discussing origins, repeating our family's mistakes, and hope, The Okay
Wendi Lee
4.5 stars

I loved everything about this book. Moth was a fun, sympathetic protagonist who has never really belonged in her mostly white small town. Her discovery that magic was real felt empowering and special. Even better were her interactions with her mom, a quirky woman who has pretended for years not to be a witch. To me, the heart of this graphic novel was the relationships (at times tenuous) between Moth, her mom, and her grandmother. Who else has powerful witches for family members? What s
Brianna - Coffee Books and Bullet Journals
This was a really interesting premise. A thirteen year old girl finds out she's a witch and finds her powers. But the plot was really confusing and jumbled.There were speech bubbles with a lot of text and there was just so much going on and at the same time, nothing really happend. It just didn't work for me. ...more
Oh I really hope this becomes a series! I loved the characters and the story and the art style is adorable. Reminded me of Disney films, back when they were hand drawn.
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Adorable graphic novel. Friendship, family, magic. Highly recommended
Rod Brown
The okay witch book. The characters are charming throughout even if the plot meanders as the story goes on a bit long to reach an inevitable destination.

While I liked the art overall, coloring everyone's noses slightly darker than the rest of their faces was distracting as it gave them all a vaguely doggy appearance.
Oct 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
This was a lot of fun but I just felt like it dragged on way longer than it needed to and I found myself bored towards the end. I didn't connect to the characters and just felt like this was disappointing. :( ...more
May 26, 2019 added it
Shelves: 2019, graphic-novels
THE OKAY WITCH is chock-full of humor, heart, and whole lot of magic. Moth, as she learns she is a witch and discovers that she holds the power to decide who she wants to be, empowers readers to embrace their own identities, no matter the quirks. Come for the magic (and the talking cat), stay for the nuanced takes on family, legacies, and growing up.
The way race is very deliberately not handled is odd. I don’t know the writer but I’m assuming she’s white from how this was just completely glossed over.

I also don’t like the cat. Don’t like that a human spirit is possessing a cat at all. It’s not right.
Nov 28, 2020 added it
Shelves: i-own
I carry this around the house with me and flip through it to random chapters
The art and story are enchanting and sweet
I want more in this world
More of Moth and her family and friends
It's like a blanket of good childhood vibes
Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.
Dec 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So cute! I'm obsessed. ...more
this was such a DELIGHTFUL story about reckoning with the past & a teen girl's coming of age, with the setting of small-town prejudice and magic shenanigans. i wasn't expecting the depth of the story, and it was such a wonderful surprise! ...more
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Emma Steinkellner is an illustrator, cartoonist, and writer based in Los Angeles, CA.

She is the author and illustrator of the middle grade graphic novel The Okay Witch (Aladdin, Fall 2019). The Okay Witch tells the story of 13-year-old Moth Hush, who learns that magic is to be expected when you're a Hush in an adventure that spans centuries, generations, and even worlds as Moth unravels the compl

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“I was afraid once... And because I was afraid, my magic was weak and full of fear... If you do not trust in yourself, then you shall indeed fall. Trust in yourself, Moth. When you set your magic free, then you shall be free. And your magic shall be all the stronger for it" (P. 184)” 0 likes
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