The Okay Witch is a story about curiosity, family, and hope. The drawing style is charming and wonderfully illustrated.
Magic is harder than it looks.
Thirteen-year-old Moth Hush loves all things witchy. But she’s about to discover that witches aren’t just the stuff of movies, books, and spooky stories. When some eighth-grade bullies try to ruin her Halloween, something really strange happens. It turns out that Founder’s Bluff, Massachusetts, has a centuries-old history of witch drama. And, surprise: Moth’s family is at the center of it all! When Moth’s new powers show up, things get totally out-of-control. She meets a talking cat, falls into an enchanted diary, and unlocks a hidden witch world. Secrets surface from generations past as Moth unravels the complicated legacy at the heart of her town, her family, and herself.
(Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)
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 Witch is also about families and forgiveness. It’s about responsibility and power, our duty to our community, and our family. I love how The Okay Witch plays with the concept of a good, bad, and okay witch. What does it mean to be a good or a bad witch? I feel like we’ve heard these titles thrown around and Steinkellner looks at this place in between.
The Okay Witch is about placing trust in ourselves, reaching out to the ones we love around us, and the idea about staying true to our home and community. It’s about the need to be our own person, our own witch, and seeing the possibility of change. When we tally up everything done against us, everything that’s been said, it’s hard to see the possibility of change, of something more than a repetition of history. But that’s why The Okay Witch is so tender – because it’s about our hope for change.