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When a jealous witch curses her family's well, it's up to Vonceil to set things right in an epic journey that will leave her changed forever. When Vonceil's older brother, Elber, comes home to their family's Oklahoma farm after serving on the front lines of World War I, things aren't what she expects. His experiences have changed him into a serious and responsible man who d When a jealous witch curses her family's well, it's up to Vonceil to set things right in an epic journey that will leave her changed forever. When Vonceil's older brother, Elber, comes home to their family's Oklahoma farm after serving on the front lines of World War I, things aren't what she expects. His experiences have changed him into a serious and responsible man who doesn't have time for Vonceil anymore. He even marries the girl he had left behind. Then a mysterious and captivating woman shows up at the farm and confronts Elber for leaving her in France. When he refuses to leave his wife, she puts a curse on the family well, turning the entire town's water supply into saltwater. Who is this lady dressed all in white, what has she done to the farm, and what does Vonceil's old uncle Dell know about her? To find out, Vonceil will have to strike out on her own and delve deep into the world of witchcraft, confronting dangerous relatives, shapeshifting animals, a capricious Sugar Witch, and the Lady in White herself--the foreboding Salt Witch. The journey will change Vonceil, but along the way she'll learn a lot about love and what it means to grow up. Hope Larson is the author and illustrator of the Eisner Award nominated All Summer Long and the illustrator of the Eisner Award winning A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel. Salt Magic is an utterly unique graphic fairy tale complete with striking illustrations by Rebecca Mock.


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When a jealous witch curses her family's well, it's up to Vonceil to set things right in an epic journey that will leave her changed forever. When Vonceil's older brother, Elber, comes home to their family's Oklahoma farm after serving on the front lines of World War I, things aren't what she expects. His experiences have changed him into a serious and responsible man who d When a jealous witch curses her family's well, it's up to Vonceil to set things right in an epic journey that will leave her changed forever. When Vonceil's older brother, Elber, comes home to their family's Oklahoma farm after serving on the front lines of World War I, things aren't what she expects. His experiences have changed him into a serious and responsible man who doesn't have time for Vonceil anymore. He even marries the girl he had left behind. Then a mysterious and captivating woman shows up at the farm and confronts Elber for leaving her in France. When he refuses to leave his wife, she puts a curse on the family well, turning the entire town's water supply into saltwater. Who is this lady dressed all in white, what has she done to the farm, and what does Vonceil's old uncle Dell know about her? To find out, Vonceil will have to strike out on her own and delve deep into the world of witchcraft, confronting dangerous relatives, shapeshifting animals, a capricious Sugar Witch, and the Lady in White herself--the foreboding Salt Witch. The journey will change Vonceil, but along the way she'll learn a lot about love and what it means to grow up. Hope Larson is the author and illustrator of the Eisner Award nominated All Summer Long and the illustrator of the Eisner Award winning A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel. Salt Magic is an utterly unique graphic fairy tale complete with striking illustrations by Rebecca Mock.

30 review for Salt Magic

  1. 5 out of 5

    Celia McMahon

    I’m on a book tour for this book, so I’ll keep my thoughts to myself until then, but OMG. Do not sit out on this book!!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Madison

    This was really lovely! It has an Emily Carroll creepiness coupled with Studio Ghibli cozy-weirdness. It's surreal and beautiful and thoughtful, and I think kids that gravitate towards darker, more intense stories will totally devour it. This was really lovely! It has an Emily Carroll creepiness coupled with Studio Ghibli cozy-weirdness. It's surreal and beautiful and thoughtful, and I think kids that gravitate towards darker, more intense stories will totally devour it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Maggie Tokuda-Hall

    I need to know why every single person I know isn't screaming about how perfect and beautiful this book is. Affecting, and surreal, just what I want from a fairytale. Absolutely gorgeous. I need to know why every single person I know isn't screaming about how perfect and beautiful this book is. Affecting, and surreal, just what I want from a fairytale. Absolutely gorgeous.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nore

    Oof, ow, my heart. I was already in love with it, but that ending really cinched it for me. Maybe because I loved Little House on the Prairie as a kid (I joined the fan club!), but everything about this did it for me. The setting. The magic system, which felt intuitive and grounded despite being fantastical. The characters, including one very tragic villainness, which gets me as a fan of well-written terrible people. The gorgeous art, which made me slow down just to appreciate the pages even thou Oof, ow, my heart. I was already in love with it, but that ending really cinched it for me. Maybe because I loved Little House on the Prairie as a kid (I joined the fan club!), but everything about this did it for me. The setting. The magic system, which felt intuitive and grounded despite being fantastical. The characters, including one very tragic villainness, which gets me as a fan of well-written terrible people. The gorgeous art, which made me slow down just to appreciate the pages even though I wanted to devour the story. An endearing if annoying main character, who was just bratty and hard-headed enough to sell me on the wild adventure. I'm definitely buying a copy of this for my shelf at home - this blew me away.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    4.5 stars. I need this to be a movie ASAP. It would look so beautiful animated

  6. 4 out of 5

    Doreen

    This stunningly original graphic novel tells a tale of life in Oklahoma after the Great War, when a young soldier returning from Europe triggers a curse, leaving his younger sister to find a way to save their family farm. Vonceil Taggart is the youngest of five children growing up on a farming homestead ten miles north of the nearest town. The Taggarts' farm has a freshwater spring that sustains them even when the rains fail, as they're threatening to do around the time Vonceil's beloved oldest b This stunningly original graphic novel tells a tale of life in Oklahoma after the Great War, when a young soldier returning from Europe triggers a curse, leaving his younger sister to find a way to save their family farm. Vonceil Taggart is the youngest of five children growing up on a farming homestead ten miles north of the nearest town. The Taggarts' farm has a freshwater spring that sustains them even when the rains fail, as they're threatening to do around the time Vonceil's beloved oldest brother Elber returns from fighting in Europe. To Vonceil's disappointment, Elber barely has time for her now, having eyes only for Amelia, the sweetheart he left behind. Vonceil finds Amelia crushingly dull, and had secretly prayed that Elber would meet and marry a sophisticated European beauty while deployed and whisk Vonceil off with them afterwards to tour the world. Instead, Elber seems fairly intent on being boring and grown-up and marrying Amelia and settling down in Oklahoma for good. When a beautiful Frenchwoman sweeps into town shortly after Elber's wedding, Vonceil feels instantly drawn to her. Greda is exotic and lovely, but has come bearing a grudge. Apparently, she and Elber had embarked on an affair while in Paris, and now she wants him to come away with her again. Elber refuses, at which point Greda curses the farm's spring, telling Elber and Vonceil that it will only run salt water till he forsakes his family and comes lives with her in Sere. Guilt-stricken at the thought that it was her own injudicious longing that caused all this, Vonceil embarks on a perilous mission to find Greda and Sere and lift the curse. Resourceful and smart, she figures out how to find this mythical place, making unlikely friends and rescuing the helpless in the process. But Greda won't lift the curse without exacting a price, one that may be more than even brave Vonceil can pay. Gosh, I cried at the end of this lovely, moving book, which moved me in a way I haven't felt since reading Mark Siegel's brilliant Sailor Twain. Salt Magic effortlessly blends American history and folklore with entirely new fantastic constructs to build a truly unique fairy tale suitable for ages 10 and up. Rebecca Mock's wonderfully emotive illustrations breathe life into Hope Larson's smart, thoughtful story, occasionally hiding important plot points in plain sight, where they can sneak up on the reader for another emotional sucker punch after you've just gotten over the first few. I really hope these authors write more set in this wildly original universe they've created. There are so many rich, wonderful characters I'd love to revisit in future books, especially if their stories are told as movingly as Vonceil's was here. Salt Magic by Hope Larson & Rebecca Mock was published October 12 2021 by Margaret Ferguson Books and is available from all good booksellers, including Bookshop!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie (A Backwards Story)

    There is nothing quite like the magic of picking up a new work and discovering an instant classic, one you could instantly see animation studios fighting over movie rights for. SALT MAGIC has that sparkle and has a bit of a Studio Ghibli aesthetic that would make the perfect pairing, but also has a whimsy that would appeal to Disney lovers. I first discovered the writing / illustration team of Hope Larson and Rebecca Mock a couple of years ago when I read former New York Times Best Selling Graph There is nothing quite like the magic of picking up a new work and discovering an instant classic, one you could instantly see animation studios fighting over movie rights for. SALT MAGIC has that sparkle and has a bit of a Studio Ghibli aesthetic that would make the perfect pairing, but also has a whimsy that would appeal to Disney lovers. I first discovered the writing / illustration team of Hope Larson and Rebecca Mock a couple of years ago when I read former New York Times Best Selling Graphic Novel Compass SouthCOMPASS SOUTH and its sequel Knife's EdgeKNIFE'S EDGE. Larson has since won an Eisner Award for A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic NovelA WRINKLE IN TIME: THE GRAPHIC NOVEL, and an Eisner Nomination for All Summer LongALL SUMMER LONG. SALT MAGIC is just as adventurous and big-hearted as COMPASS SOUTH, full of magic and whimsy and the lengths one will go for family. Set in Oklahoma during the early 1900s, our spunky heroine Vonceil is ecstatic when her her older brother Elber returns home after serving during World War I, but is quickly upset when he instantly proposes to his sweetheart Amelia. Vonceil resents Amelia, who isn't "right" for her beloved brother. She isn't adventurous enough, and Vonceil wishes he'd found a girl in Paris and she could have gone abroad with him, and the three of them could have gone on adventures together. She doesn't understand why he would want to settle down in Oklahoma and become a boring adult. When a spurned nurse who helped heal Elber in France comes to Oklahoma to claim his hand only to find out he is married, she reveals herself to be a powerful Salt Witch and curses the family. From now on, there will only be salt water and their land will be ruined. Vonceil refuses to let this witch ruin her family's livelihood and happiness, and sets off on a quest to find her and make things right -- but is she willing to make a hard sacrifice in order to save her family? Middle-grade readers will embrace Vonceil and go on the journey of a lifetime with her. She's a plucky youth unafraid to brave the wild west on her own in the dead of night, knowing little about her opponent or where to find her, and encountering various horrors and unexpected help along the way. It is a spoiler to say too much about some of the plot, but some of the stand out characters are Crazy Great Uncle Dill, who seems at first to be a stereotypical throwaway character but turns into so much more, and a dangerous but beautiful Sugar Witch, who you can see in the below panel. Once I met her, I couldn't stop seeing an animated movie in my head! (And also, I kind of want a spin-off centered around her now because SPOILERS......) The graphic novel is a perfect blend of whimsy and danger, and balances itself well. Sometimes stand-alone stories can feel rushed and incomplete, but SALT MAGIC paced itself well and never felt like too much or too little. Vonceil's quest felt epic and full, and the stakes were properly high, as was the payoff. This is the perfect enchanting, captivating tale to appeal to readers of all ages and genders. If you need a great holiday impulse gift this year, take a look at SALT MAGIC!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sinistmer

    This was a great adventure; I am a sucker for stories with fairy tale and mythology inspiration. The story weaves historical elements and has a determined, brave heroine in Vonceil. The art is lovely and took me to both the prairie and witches’ houses ; some of the designs have a bit of a manga feel.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Anna Beth

    I LOVED THIS!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kamya P.

    This book was amazing. I loved all the drawings and the plotline keeps you hooked. The pictures really gave you the story and they really helped! I wished they had added a bit of background information. The book just started out and I was very confused. I really liked this book! If you like some magic and like graphic novels, this book is for you! If you don't like graphic novels, this book is probably not for you. This book was amazing. I loved all the drawings and the plotline keeps you hooked. The pictures really gave you the story and they really helped! I wished they had added a bit of background information. The book just started out and I was very confused. I really liked this book! If you like some magic and like graphic novels, this book is for you! If you don't like graphic novels, this book is probably not for you.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jerry Bennett

    An unexpected delightful fantasy! What I thought would be a slice-of-life story, which is how it joyfully starts out, with great characters and a solid beginning, quickly transforms into a surprisingly mesmerizing and non-stop whimsical fantasy I couldn’t turn pages fast enough to absorb. It’s a fantastic adventure with a lot of heart. The main character, Vonceil, who was a delight to follow through her entire journey. I blazed far too quickly, because now I shall have to go back to better take in An unexpected delightful fantasy! What I thought would be a slice-of-life story, which is how it joyfully starts out, with great characters and a solid beginning, quickly transforms into a surprisingly mesmerizing and non-stop whimsical fantasy I couldn’t turn pages fast enough to absorb. It’s a fantastic adventure with a lot of heart. The main character, Vonceil, who was a delight to follow through her entire journey. I blazed far too quickly, because now I shall have to go back to better take in and appreciate the gorgeous art from Rebecca Mock, who creates some fantastic imagery.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kat

    This was absolutely amazing!!!! Grand in scale, with a distinct Ghibli feel - the art is cute but the story is so much deeper than I was expecting. It’s a surreal fairytale and coming-of-age adventure mixed into one, with morally gray characters and a bittersweet ending. I cannot recommend this enough.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Meredith

    Fairytale witches and the American West make for strange bedfellows, but I enjoyed it. I do wish this had been a little bit longer. The cast of characters is vast, and as a reader, you don't get to spend much time with any of them. I don't think that pages of backstory are needed, but I didn't feel like anyone's plight was very compelling because I didn't really know the key players at all. On the story alone, I'd probably have given it a solid three stars, but the illustrations are so stunning Fairytale witches and the American West make for strange bedfellows, but I enjoyed it. I do wish this had been a little bit longer. The cast of characters is vast, and as a reader, you don't get to spend much time with any of them. I don't think that pages of backstory are needed, but I didn't feel like anyone's plight was very compelling because I didn't really know the key players at all. On the story alone, I'd probably have given it a solid three stars, but the illustrations are so stunning that I had to bump up my rating.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Nurdhiya Adriana

    This book is litterally my favourite book🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰❤️❤️.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Amitha

    This was so good. As soon as I finished it, I wanted to read it again!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    A gorgeous, spellbinding fairy tale - I could have used at least 200 extra pages. Loved the epilogue, it made me cry.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Shepard (Between-the-Shelves)

    One of my favorite things about this graphic novel is the color palette. It is absolutely gorgeous. While I thought the story itself lagged a bit in the middle, the magical world building was well done. It was something I hadn't really seen before, and Vonceil is such a strong willed character. I loved her tenacity. She's really what makes the book, with the art! One of my favorite things about this graphic novel is the color palette. It is absolutely gorgeous. While I thought the story itself lagged a bit in the middle, the magical world building was well done. It was something I hadn't really seen before, and Vonceil is such a strong willed character. I loved her tenacity. She's really what makes the book, with the art!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ben Truong

    Salt Magic is a graphic novel written by Hope Larson and illustrated by Rebecca Mock. It is an eerie graphic novel that slides from apparent historical fiction into an unsettling fairy tale. When her older brother Elber returns to Gypsum, Oklahoma from the First World War profoundly changed and ready to settle down, 12-year-old Vonceil misses his adventurous spirit, which previously matched her own. After Elber marries his sweetheart, Amelia – accused at the wedding of being a witch, his past intr Salt Magic is a graphic novel written by Hope Larson and illustrated by Rebecca Mock. It is an eerie graphic novel that slides from apparent historical fiction into an unsettling fairy tale. When her older brother Elber returns to Gypsum, Oklahoma from the First World War profoundly changed and ready to settle down, 12-year-old Vonceil misses his adventurous spirit, which previously matched her own. After Elber marries his sweetheart, Amelia – accused at the wedding of being a witch, his past intrudes in the form of the arrival of an elegant woman who nursed him in Paris. Spurned, the newcomer turns the family spring – the only reliable source of water in a drought affecting the farming community to saline. Determined to lift the curse, Vonceil rides out at night, encountering her bizarre family history and a hidden world of dangerous magical beings that will require grit, resourcefulness, and unexpected allies to navigate. Salt Magic is written and constructed rather well. Mock's washed-out, dusty palette and carefully observed fashion swiftly conjures rural Oklahoma in 1919, while occasional bursts of bright, clear color separate the magical from the mundane. Despite uneven pacing at some transitional moments, this story unfolds skillfully, taking time to develop memorable heroine Vonceil and her quotidian world, before setting her on an adventure that echoes fantasy classics yet feels entirely distinct. All in all, Salt Magic is an unusual and excellent graphic novel, containing wonder within.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    Salt Magic is an enrapturing mix of historical fiction and magical realism! Bold and hardy Vonceil is the youngest sibling in her big family, though she relates most to her older brother Elber-- but he hasn't been as fun since he returned to Oklahoma from the army. When Elber refuses to leave home with a witch he'd met in France, she curses the family's water supply, and it's up to Vonceil to undo it. Salt Magic is a gorgeously illustrated standalone adventure that's sure to captivate readers yo Salt Magic is an enrapturing mix of historical fiction and magical realism! Bold and hardy Vonceil is the youngest sibling in her big family, though she relates most to her older brother Elber-- but he hasn't been as fun since he returned to Oklahoma from the army. When Elber refuses to leave home with a witch he'd met in France, she curses the family's water supply, and it's up to Vonceil to undo it. Salt Magic is a gorgeously illustrated standalone adventure that's sure to captivate readers young and old.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    One of my more favorite middle grade graphic novels! I loved the setting, characters, the plot all of it! Highly recommend!!

  21. 5 out of 5

    E

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. It was great in the first half, but it kind of fell apart near the end. The illustrations were beautiful and immersive, I was hooked from the start, but by the end I felt completely lost. The conflict felt a bit rushed, I felt like it was solved too quickly. (view spoiler)[Also, I found the time jumps near the end to be very random and strange. Vonceil’s family not liking her much anymore felt disappointing and sad. I mean, she goes on this whole mission, sacrifices two years of her life, and in It was great in the first half, but it kind of fell apart near the end. The illustrations were beautiful and immersive, I was hooked from the start, but by the end I felt completely lost. The conflict felt a bit rushed, I felt like it was solved too quickly. (view spoiler)[Also, I found the time jumps near the end to be very random and strange. Vonceil’s family not liking her much anymore felt disappointing and sad. I mean, she goes on this whole mission, sacrifices two years of her life, and in return she just gets ignored by her family? It’s just depressing. The time jump to her taking care of her niece was okay, but then the time jump to the 1970s was too much. I just felt lost by that point. Like, the story started out as Vonceil telling her tale, but then with the 1970s time jump, suddenly it’s just Vonceil having a nightmare? Where did the nightmare start? Is the first time jump even real then? At least we know that the entire story isn’t a nightmare, because Greda exists, so there must be some truth. It was just weird, because it went from “I am taking care of my niece” to “Wait! It’s all a nightmare and I’m on a boat and I’m old now and nothing happened to my niece apparently”. It should’ve ended at Vonceil’s niece disappearing, in my opinion. Then the story would’ve been satisfying, and it could have material for a possible sequel, or a spin-off, or just a lingering feeling of curiously after the book is over. And the story had some plot strings that never really got explained or expanded on. Like, what actually happened between Elber and Greda? I was expecting a bit more explanation. What happened with Vonceil’s niece? What happened to Greda’s family? (hide spoiler)] Overall, I liked the story, I was just expecting something more, so I ended up being a little disappointed. I loved the first half though! And the art was wonderful.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lenoire

    Vonceil is excited to have her older brother, Elber, return home to Oklahoma after serving in the war. However, she quickly realizes Elbert isn't who she remembers him to be. Elber has became more serious and responsible after the war and he barely has time for Vonceil anymore. He even married this childhood sweetheart that he had left behind. A beautiful and mysterious woman shows up and claims that Elbert had abandoned her in France. Elber refuses to leave his wife so, the woman puts a curse on Vonceil is excited to have her older brother, Elber, return home to Oklahoma after serving in the war. However, she quickly realizes Elbert isn't who she remembers him to be. Elber has became more serious and responsible after the war and he barely has time for Vonceil anymore. He even married this childhood sweetheart that he had left behind. A beautiful and mysterious woman shows up and claims that Elbert had abandoned her in France. Elber refuses to leave his wife so, the woman puts a curse on the family well. The town's entire water supply turns into saltwater. Vonceil is determined to find the woman and save her family. The graphic novel was an endearing and lovely read. I love Vonceil and the wonderful world of witchcraft that the author created. The gorgeously illustrated book is perfect for young readers who want a standalone adventure. I am looking forward to reading more books by the author.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    I thought Salt Magic was a fun read by Hope Larson. The story had me intrigued as to what was going to happen next. I love the illustrations by the talented artist, Rebecca Mock. I had no problem sitting down and reading the whole book in one sitting. I can not wait to hand my copy over to my twelve year old daughter and find out what she thinks. I am giving Salt Magic four stars. I recommend it for readers who are between the ages of nine and thirteen years of age and who, also, like to read fa I thought Salt Magic was a fun read by Hope Larson. The story had me intrigued as to what was going to happen next. I love the illustrations by the talented artist, Rebecca Mock. I had no problem sitting down and reading the whole book in one sitting. I can not wait to hand my copy over to my twelve year old daughter and find out what she thinks. I am giving Salt Magic four stars. I recommend it for readers who are between the ages of nine and thirteen years of age and who, also, like to read fantasy graphic novels. This would be a great addition to a school library. I would be interested in reading more like this from Hope Larson in the future. I received a paperback copy of Salt Magic from the publisher, but was not required to write a positive review. This review is one hundred percent my own honest opinion.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

    Enthralling! What begins as a family story set in 1919 Oklahoma slides smoothly into an original and sharp-edged fairy tale. Larson spins this tale like candy floss and keeps both story threads woven wonderfully into each other. A sweet and satisfying ending wraps up this confection that carries an underlying bite. Rebecca Mock's illustrations are outstanding, giving each character of depth of expression that adds much to their whole and creating a wondrous fairy tale landscape that springs from Enthralling! What begins as a family story set in 1919 Oklahoma slides smoothly into an original and sharp-edged fairy tale. Larson spins this tale like candy floss and keeps both story threads woven wonderfully into each other. A sweet and satisfying ending wraps up this confection that carries an underlying bite. Rebecca Mock's illustrations are outstanding, giving each character of depth of expression that adds much to their whole and creating a wondrous fairy tale landscape that springs from the dry desert. A story of growing up and the sacrifices made the understanding of self and for the love of family.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Destiny

    The artwork was beautiful, just lovely and colorful. I enjoyed Vonceil and the close sibling relationship despite a large age gap. It reminded me of my brother and I; very close but we're 6 years apart. In addition, Vonceil had a lot of agency, determination, and a fun adventure. She had to save the day due to her raggedy brother's actions. The witches in this story aren't the typical ones either. Overall, fun, creepy, and whismical. One nitpick I thought the ending was perfect (view spoiler)[ wit The artwork was beautiful, just lovely and colorful. I enjoyed Vonceil and the close sibling relationship despite a large age gap. It reminded me of my brother and I; very close but we're 6 years apart. In addition, Vonceil had a lot of agency, determination, and a fun adventure. She had to save the day due to her raggedy brother's actions. The witches in this story aren't the typical ones either. Overall, fun, creepy, and whismical. One nitpick I thought the ending was perfect (view spoiler)[ with older Vonceil meeting Dee's daughter (hide spoiler)] , then they added a few more pages that made things confusing.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mmmhhmm

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Such wonderful, colorful art, it captures the quiet and simple life of the 1920s, and I really enjoyed its different take on magical curses. I wasn't the biggest fan of Vonceil's almost obsessive/possessive towards her own brother (and then at the end of the book he's barely mentioned?) Still really enjoyed this regardless Such wonderful, colorful art, it captures the quiet and simple life of the 1920s, and I really enjoyed its different take on magical curses. I wasn't the biggest fan of Vonceil's almost obsessive/possessive towards her own brother (and then at the end of the book he's barely mentioned?) Still really enjoyed this regardless

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Schanze

    Amazing! Beautiful art with a painterly but energetic coloring style and a purely original story. It's fun to read a fantasy story set in the Old West, which isn't really a setting that gets that kind of treatment most of the time. Amazing! Beautiful art with a painterly but energetic coloring style and a purely original story. It's fun to read a fantasy story set in the Old West, which isn't really a setting that gets that kind of treatment most of the time.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Mandy

    4.5/5 A truly fun book with just the right amount of spooky. Great writing and art, both! Full review to come, but you can check out a mini teaser review on the Forever Young Adult Instagram. 4.5/5 A truly fun book with just the right amount of spooky. Great writing and art, both! Full review to come, but you can check out a mini teaser review on the Forever Young Adult Instagram.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Ressler Wright

    A fascinating western magical tale that represents feelings of identity and jealousy and growing up. Wasn’t sure how it was all going to turn out and interesting jumping around in time. Incredible color and illustrations. Definitely one to reread. Appropriate for all late elementary and up.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Maria McGrath

    A great, quick magical/historical middle grade read. Feels like a mashup of the musical Oklahoma and The Witch Boy. A great, quick magical/historical middle grade read. Feels like a mashup of the musical Oklahoma and The Witch Boy.

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