The Okay Witch

The Okay Witch is a page-turner of a graphic novel about an unlikely witch just discovering the truth about her new powers and her family’s centuries-old history as outcasts in a small Massachusetts town. 13-year-old Moth is a relatable heroine with quirks, insecurities, and a wicked sense of humor. The crisp vibrant illustrations perfectly capture Moth’s larger-than-life emotions and the kinetics of her journey. From the bright colors of Moth’s cozy home, to the drab earth tones of 1600’s New England, to the cool pastels of ethereal Hecate (the mystical realm of witches), the changing color pallets beautifully express changes in mood and energy from scene to scene and across various settings.

I especially love how the panels are composed to convey spot-on comedic timing in some scenes, and a hushed sense of wonder in other scenes. Despite all the supernatural content, this story portrays some very realistic mother-daughter relationship challenges. Anyone who has ever felt dismissed, underestimated, or disallowed from seeking adventure will surely find a friend in Moth.

Eagle Huntress: The True Story of the Girl who Soared Beyond Expectations

Aisholpan Nurgaiv’s triumph as the first female winner of the  Mongolian eagle hunting  competition in 2014 is shared with the world in an award winning movie called Eagle Huntress in 2016. Now she gets to tell her own story in her own words in this book! Aisholpan speaks in a simple yet powerful way. She starts with the day before she was born and ends with her meeting the 7 girls she inspired to compete in the eagle hunting competition in 2017. She describes how she became interested in learning the male sport of Eagle Hunting, how she learned how to care and train an eagle. She also shares  her feelings and impressions from the experiences recorded in the film and the new experiences she has as a nomadic tribeperson at film festivals. Aimed at 3rd – 7th grade, but would also be a compelling family read aloud and will appeal to naturalists of all ages. Compelling especially when describing a traditional Kazakh life.

This book is going to be published in May of 2020.

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