The Midwinter Witch

The Midwinter Witch

Graphic Novel - 2019
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"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. 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. 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?"--Publisher's description.
Publisher: New York, NY : Graphix, an imprint of Scholastic, 2019
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781338540550
9781338540567
Branch Call Number: JGN Oste
Characteristics: 201 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm

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Fuzzy_Slippers
Nov 12, 2020

Another great installment about gender rules not needing to be a thing. Also friendship and choosing your family are themes in this book.

JessicaGma Apr 09, 2020

I feel AraphoeLauraRose's review was the prefect summary of what happened in this volume. It's fantastic as usual and I do hope we get to revisit this world again!

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KaylaJTKlassen
Mar 11, 2020

i havent read the book but when i first grabbed the book i was like "i love it" and i also like the background alot

ArapahoeLauraRose Mar 10, 2020

The saga continues! Book 3 focus mainly on Aster and Ariel and the theme of family. (Although Charlie's subplot was great, too. She continues to be an awesome, supportive friend: also, more evidence of her crush on Ariel!) I liked how well Aster's and Ariel's stories complemented each other. Aster, having fought for the support of his close family, is now determined to be recognized as a witch by his extended family. Meanwhile, Ariel questions if she can be a part of the Vanissen family despite her volatile nature and magic. The ending tied everything up nicely! (Of course, if Ostertag decides to write more of these characters, I won't say no!!)

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The_Zookeeper
Dec 15, 2019

Another great volume. I like seeing the new witches' background and I hope we see more of her mother in future books.

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katmz
Nov 15, 2019

This was just as great as its predecessors! I loved getting to meet more of Aster's family and see more of their dynamic. I love that this story is still all about family and friendship and being true to yourself!

DCLkids Nov 11, 2019

A Great Books for Great Kids pick. Aster is looking forward to the annual Midwinter Festival, where he will compete for the first time...as a witch. Grades 7-8.

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