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4.56  ·  Rating details ·  55 ratings  ·  29 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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Paperback, 240 pages
Expected publication: February 4th 2020 by First Second
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Korrina  (OwlCrate)
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
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
Shelves: favorites
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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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Hannah
Oct 03, 2019 added it
Shelves: 2019, graphic-novels
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
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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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Anne
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"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 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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Raven Terry
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
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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Jaime
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
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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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
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
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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Lukas Holmes
Dec 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was just perfect. My 10 year old daughter actually got the ARC first and read it and then demanded I read it and she wasn't wrong. A beautifully illustrated book of acceptance, mystery, death, life, rebirth, ghosts, witches, gender identity, bullying, abuse...my gosh. EVERYTHING. I would never have guessed so many topics could be addressed so quickly, so well, in such a small package. Simply outstanding.
Bekka
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was such a fun and heart warming graphic novel! There is a witch who lives in Snapdragon's town, at least that is what the rumors say. . .

This graphic novel is a coming of age/discovery tale, which features:
~a precocious and unique girl
~diversity in genders and ethnicities
~a LGBTQ romance
~magic
and more.

I loved the story, read it all in one sitting, and cannot think of any changes I would want made to it. Bravo!
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.
Jess Smiley
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful deep-dive into the lives of Snapdragon and the Roadkill Witch! Rich themes of friendship, understanding, the past, and potential are magically threaded together in this vibrant graphic novel. Fans of The Witch Boy, The Prince and the Dressmaker, and Anya’s Ghost will love Snapdragon!
Miranda
Dec 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Snapdragon has never fit in with other kids her age. This is the story of how a strange cast of characters makes everything fall into place for her.

I thought this was adorable in terms of story line and illustrations. The characters were very well developed and the story flowed smoothly. I felt like I was cheering Snap on the whole way.

Thank you to NetGalley for this ARC.
Mary
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this graphic novel. It had magic, friendship, family, lgbtq+ characters and issues. It was well-written with great art. Snapdragon and Lu are great characters. It was nice to see supportive families. There were serious moments but there were also funny ones. I would hand this to middle schoolers who enjoyed Witch Boy. #Netgalley
Beth
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels, arc, lgbtq
I don't like magical realism one bit. But this, this book is wonderful.
It is a hard task to develop a story that is both whimsical and weighty. Coming of age, LGBTQ, bullying, single parenting, science, and so much more. I need more time in the world of the Road Kill Witch please!

Thanks to Netgalley and the Publisher for the Advanced Reader Copy.
Jen
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: feb-2020
I loved this story of a girl and her friend, the "roadkill" witch. It's so weirdly beautiful. There isn't anything I didn't like, it checks all my boxes and is thus entirely inclusive in every way. I'd give it ten stars if I could, mostly cause I worked "thus" into a review.
Gabrielle Belisle
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
IT'S SO CUTE.
Erin
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Inclusive, middle grade graphic novel about discovering who you are and who you can be from many different angles.
Raven Black
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Few bumps but a neat story about being you. About friends and family.
Kathleen
Nov 12, 2019 added it
Shelves: 2019, arc-galley
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Ms. Yingling
Dec 01, 2019 rated it liked it
E ARC provided by Netgalley

Quirky, Southern graphic novel with STEM ties.
Tabitha
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fun story with even better drawings.
Rosemary
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
Ivy
Jan 30, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
- Kat Leyh
- Witch
- Someone named "Snap"
- yes please
Michelle Nowill
rated it it was amazing
Nov 08, 2019
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