The Okay Witch
by Emma Steinkellner
* * * * Stars (Great!)
Moth discovers that she’s a real, honest-to-goodness witch with witch powers – a fact that her mother has been keeping from her ALL her life. When mom won’t divulge any additional details and refuses to teach Moth how to master her powers, Moth takes matters into her own hands. (Well, she has the help of Mr. Laszlow, who was once almost like a father to her and now has been reincarnated as a cat.) Moth learns a great deal from her mother’s diary – particularly about her grandmother, a very powerful witch, who called upon the goddess Hecate to create a world where they (the witches) could live peacefully without fear of persecution, misunderstanding, and hate. Moth thinks that sounds wonderful, but her mother found it claustrophobic and kept returning to the human world until her actions made her a permanent exile from the coven. As Moth learns about her heritage and her family, she discovers other truths about her community and its history. Can she bridge the gap between witches and the people of Founder’s Bluff? You betcha!
This is a fun and engaging mix of supernatural and historical fiction with a charmingly awkward teen witch protagonist who is determined to ferret out the secrets of her family history and embrace her own powers.
Reviewed by YA Librarian