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4.53  ·  Rating details ·  233 ratings  ·  73 reviews
Kat Leyh's Snapdragon is a magical realist graphic novel about a young girl who befriends her town's witch and discovers the strange magic within herself.

Snap's town had a witch.

At least, that's how the rumor goes. But in reality, Jacks is just a crocks-wearing, internet-savvy old lady who sells roadkill skeletons online--after doing a little ritual to put their spirits to
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Hardcover, 240 pages
Published February 4th 2020 by First Second
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Korrina  (OwlCrate)
I loved this weird little book. Unique story, great diversity, beautiful friendships. And it spoke to my roadkill-loving soul haha.
Candace Robinson
I really loved the drawings and the mystery in this! Some parts got a little too serious/contemporaryish for me, so I was pulled out of the story at times. But I really love that freaking cover!
Jay G
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I received a copy of this graphic novel in exchange for my honest review

Snapdragon has always felt like an outcast in her small town. She befriends the town witch, Jacks, who agrees to teach her magic.

I LOVED THIS GRAPHC NOVEL WITH MY WHOLE HEART! I loved how there were very serious topics discussed in such easy, simple ways. For example, Snap's friend Lu is transgender. At the
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Lindsey Lynn (thepagemistress)
This was literally perfect! I loved everything about it. So much diversity!!! The story was so important and all about acceptance in every shape, color and size. Just a dash of magic. It's my favorite read of the year!
Jen
Feb 04, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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bee
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this was absolutely adorable, I love love loved the characters and the art style and everything!!!
Hannah
SNAPDRAGON is whip-smart and fiercely embraces its eccentricity, just like its eponymous character. This witchy coming-of-age is a celebration using your powers for good and finding people who love you for who you are.
Alex
I received a copy of this book via the publisher. All opinions are my own.

This was probably one of my favorite stories and it tackled so much in a great and organized way. There’s a transgender girl who comes out and transitions through the book, i liked how it wasn’t the whole story but it was a part of Snap’s story — very important. There’s more lgbtq+ themes such as coming of age & Snaps mom was great! I loved how she addressed that Snap could come to her to talk about anything she was
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Lesley
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My heart! <3
Laura
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is phenomenal. Such a well crafted story, tight and exciting and full of true goodness and heart. The art is unique and expressive and so good. The colors are visceral. The characters and representation true to life and vibrating with deliberate care. I loved it. Absolute highest of recommendations.
Laura
Wow.

I love a story that surprises me.

I knew nothing about this book going into it, other than it was written by one of the co-authors of LumberJanes, and I figured that was good enough for me.

What an unique, charming, amazing story.

Snap is an outcast from her peer group because she is a Tom boy and Lou is an outcast because he likes feline things.

And then there is Jacks who appears to be a witch, or is she, or is she not.

I love how the story weaves and veers and you don’t have an idea where
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Andréa
Note: I received a digital review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.
emma
A delight.
Caitlyn
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Super cute and diverse graphic novel. Great read alike for the Okay Witch. Perfect for 4-5 grade
Anne
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Our town has a witch. She fed her eye to a fox."

This graphic novel is packed with so many things that I love: magic, pit bulls, happy queer characters. It was just wonderful.

Snapdragon goes to the door of the town witch to find her missing dog, Good Boy (a three legged pit bull). She returns when she discovers an abandoned litter of baby opossums and believes only the witch Jacks can help her save them. As they work together to help the litter, Snap begins to learn more about animals and magic.
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Avvai
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
[Review is based on the ARC]
oh my goodness...I just want to gush about this book forever.
I cannot wait for more Kat Leyh books...because this was perfect and I just can't wait to see what else she has in store for us.

The characters, the story, the art...gah everything was perfect in this book.

Snapdragon, aka Snap, is a girl who doesn't really fit into a group. She's cast out as the 'weirdo kid'. She becomes friend's with the town's so called 'witch', Jacks, and starts helping the witch out
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Rosemary
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Magical realism infuses this story about a girl who befriends the town witch. Snapdragon's heard the rumors about the "roadkill witch", but when Jacks - a loner constructs skeletons from roadkill to sell to veterinary schools - rescues Snap's dog, she finds herself cultivating a friendship with the loner, who takes her on as an apprentice. But Jacks also has rituals she goes through, to put those roadkill spirits to rest, and Snap is pretty sure that Jacks has a little bit of witchcraft after ...more
Sharon Tyler
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Snapdragon by Kat Leyh is a magical realist graphic novel about a young girl who befriends her town’s witch and discovers the strange magic within herself. It is currently scheduled for release on February 4 2020.


Snap's town had a witch. At least, that’s how the rumor goes. But in reality, Jacks is just a crocks-wearing, internet-savvy old lady who sells roadkill skeletons online—after doing a little ritual to put their spirits to rest. It’s creepy, sure, but Snap thinks it’s kind of cool, too.
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Nicole
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved every second of this book and it just kept getting better and better! Writing this review is a struggle, because every other sentence, my brain is just, “Wow! So good! Amazing! And this!”

Our heroine is Snapdragon “Snap” Bloom (who is totally awesome) and we meet her rescuing her dog from the town witch. When she finds some orphaned baby possums, Snap goes to the witch for help and ends up becoming the woman’s apprentice in her real life business of selling roadkill skeletons online. But
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Raven Terry
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thanks NetGalley for this ARC, in exchange for an honest review. Ok first, Snapdragon is a phenomenal name! This is the first time I’ve seen an Albino Girl as a protagonist in a graphic novel, and she’s friggin amazing! Hersh describes her as precocious and that couldn’t be more accurate! The story itself was one of self discovery, lost love, magic, acceptance, honestly Snap, is who we should all be. Willing to take the risk and willing to admit that she may have been wrong. It’s a love story, ...more
Randi
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received an advanced copy of Snapdragon from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

There’s no such thing witches, or so Snap believes. But there most certainly is something going on at the mysterious house down the road. The other kids at her school say that the woman who lives there collects roadkill, and so when Snap finds a dead possum mother surrounded by its litter, she has no choice but to take her chances with the so-called-witch, to see if anything can be done. Soon, Snap begins
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Naomi (3starsandup)
"Yeah! I love dragons, dude! "Dragon" is in my frickin' name!"

Thank you so much @StoryGramTours & @01FirstSecond for giving me this physical Advance Reader Copy (ARC) in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. (Release Date | 04 February 2020)

SYNOPSIS | Snap's town has a witch. In reality, it's just an old lady who sells roadkill skeletons online... after doing a little ritual to put their spirits to rest. Okay, maybe she is a witch but Snap thinks that is kinda cool. They agree to help
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Jaime
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you NetGalley and First second books for this digital copy in exchange for an honest review.

Kat Leyh's Snapdragon is a magical realist graphic novel about a young girl who befriends her town’s witch and discovers the strange magic within herself.

Snap's town had a witch.

At least, that’s how the rumor goes. But in reality, Jacks is just a crocks-wearing, internet-savvy old lady who sells roadkill skeletons online—after doing a little ritual to put their spirits to rest. It’s creepy, sure,
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Alicia
A unique story for sure that includes a magical witch who happens to be Snapdragon’s grandmother’s former love interest- a white lesbian who plays up her gender fluidity especially when she rode motorcycles when she was younger after getting kicked out of her house for being herself.

It’s only after working with Jacks on rescuing opossum babies and then learning about animals, roadkill, and skeleton bodies that the news emerges. There’s other storylines that include Snapdragon’s friendship with
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Mattie Richards
Thanks to Netgalley for sending me a copy for an honest review!
And honestly, IcriedIcriedIcried. There is not a thing about this story I didn't love. From the illustrations and story, to the characters and themes I am in LOVE with this. The relationships between every single character is really what did it for me. What impressed me even more than the relationships though, was the wrap up and how well planned it obviously was. I'm usually against a clean ending but I wouldn't change anything
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Mel
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 STARS!!

I was honored to win an arc of this in a giveaway created by the publisher First Second. The illustration style was/is one of my favorites.

I have many things to say about this graphic novel. All of them are positive. This is the kind of novel you give your kids to start them off seeing good in the world. It deals with death, judging a book(person) by the cover, transgender, same sex relationships, bad relationships, and being different. I cannot tell you how many times this pulled at
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Carla Vaisman
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, fiction
This is the best graphic novel I have read in a LONG TIME, let me tell you why:

1. The art style is unique and cool in a way that serves the story perfectly
2. The story is crafted magnificently
3. The writing is true to the ages and ethnicities of the characters
4. It explores real life issues in a simple but not watered down way
5. IT IS SO- SO- SO - SO inclusive
6. It made me laugh out loud. In public. I got odd looks.
7. It made me cry. In public. I got even weirder looks.

I don't want to
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Erin
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was such a beautifully drawn graphic novel, the color choices especially were stunning. Snap’s burgeoning friendship with Lulu, her support and love of her Mom, and her connection to Jacks through their care of animals were all such beautiful relationships to watch grow in this story. Snap’s feeling of displacement as a “weird” kid and her search for self-understanding were relatable, and it was wonderful to see her gain a sense of self and confidence through her experiences with Jacks.

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Victoria
When Snapdragon ventures into the woods to get her dog back from the town witch, she realizes the feared woman is actually a Croc-wearing taxidermist who assembled the bones of roadkill to sell on the Internet. Full of adventure, friendship, and magic, SNAPDRAGON features a diverse cast of characters that deal issues ranging from gender identity to family bonds while remaining light and whip-smart. I laughed, cried, and fell in love with possums before I was through.
Laura
Feb 12, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There were elements I liked (the art, Snap & Lulu’s friendship), but this book won’t be for everyone, and I’m not sure it was for me (mostly due to the roadkill and the eye thing). The issues with mom’s boyfriend also got more serious than I expected. Overall, though, there’s definitely appeal for fans of scary and magical stories, and I can see readers of The Witch Boy also enjoying this one. Has a handful of mild swears.
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