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The midwinter witch /

by Ostertag, Molly [author,].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York, NY : Graphix, an imprint of Scholastic, 2019.Edition: First edition.Description: 201 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9781338540567 : LIB; 1338540564 : LIB.Subject(s): Graphic novels | Witches -- Fiction | Magic -- Fiction | Occultism -- Fiction | Family life -- Fiction | Graphic novelsSummary: Aster defies tradition by entering the annual witch tournament and a mysterious witch keeps visiting Ariel claiming to know about her past.
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The acclaimed graphic novel world of The Witch Boy and The Hidden Witch comes to a thrilling conclusion in this story of friendship, family, and finding your true power. <br> <br> Magic has a dark side . . .<br> <br> Aster always looks forward to the Midwinter Festival, a reunion of the entire Vanissen family that includes competitions in witchery and shapeshifting. This year, he's especially excited to compete in the annual Jolrun tournament-as a witch. He's determined to show everyone that he's proud of who he is and what he's learned, but he knows it won't be easy to defy tradition.<br> <br> Ariel has darker things on her mind than the Festival-like the mysterious witch who's been visiting her dreams, claiming to know the truth about Ariel's past. She appreciates everything the Vanissens have done for her. But Ariel still craves a place where she truly belongs.<br> <br> The Festival is a whirlwind of excitement and activity, but for Aster and Ariel, nothing goes according to plan. When a powerful and sinister force invades the reunion, threatening to destroy everything the young witches have fought for, can they find the courage to fight it together? Or will dark magic tear them apart?

Aster defies tradition by entering the annual witch tournament and a mysterious witch keeps visiting Ariel claiming to know about her past.

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Horn Book Review

This third graphic novel about the taboo-breaking male witch Aster (The Witch Boy, rev. 11/17; The Hidden Witch, rev. 3/19) finds him attending a midwinter gathering in a charmed mountainous setting. Hes joined by friends Ariel (who has a history of dark magic and no knowledge of her biological family) and Charlie (who has no magical abilities). When it comes time to compete for Midwinter Witch, a coveted role traditionally reserved for girls in the clan, both Aster and Ariel face challenges of identity, truth, and belonging. In the panel illustrations, colored with bold and lush hues, subtle glances between characters often reveal their inner thoughts and tensions, while dialogue provides narrative support to readers. Visual symbols add depth; squiggly figures inside word balloons represent the characters magical language, and the shapes of the balloons convey tone of voice. With clear and effortless references to past installments, without too much distraction from the main narrative, this is a strong addition to the series. Elisa Gall January/February 2020 p.94(c) Copyright 2020. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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