Bewitching Graphic Novels for Upper Elementary Kids

Bewitching graphic novels for upper elementary kids. A witch's hat sits on the B in Bewitching. Stars float around the words

All through autumn, I find myself craving Halloweeny books! This year, I set out searching for a few witchy books that would scratch that itch, and boy do they! Some are sweet, some are scary, and some are right in the middle. If you have older elementary kids who want a dash of fall magic in their lives, check out these wonderful reads. Garlic & the Vampire by Bree Paulsen – J GN PAULSENThis book feels like a cup of warm tea on a cool autumn day. Nervous Garlic, who was brought to life by a kind, green-thumbed witch, goes on an adventure to hunt down a vampire. I fell in love with Garlic and her friends immediately – the art is spectacular, the writing is terrific, and I wish I could get lost in this sweet world forever. This book is aptly dedicated to “all the anxious bulbs.” The Okay Witch by Emma Steinkeller – J GN STEINKELLNMoth Hush has always felt out-of-place in her small town – a town obsessed with a carefully curated history and controlled by powerful families. Moth soon learns that she is a witch from a long line of witches whom the town has always reviled. The book is about confronting historical inaccuracies, navigating family trauma, and learning how to reconcile one’s ancestral legacy with one’s own personal goals and desires. It’s an adorable, adventurous romp with a spunky main character and a hilarious talking cat, but the themes would appeal more to older kids. The Witch Boy by Molly Knox Ostertag – J GN OSTERTAGHave you ever felt like you didn’t fit in? Or that you were destined for something else? Aster has. He lives in a small, secret community where the men are shape-shifters and the women practice magic. Aster is drawn to magic but is forbidden from learning about it. But when the boys in his community start getting kidnapped, he starts to secretly learn magic to help. This book is serious in tone, with scary depictions of frightful monsters – a wonderful read for the more hard-core Halloween lovers out there. The Accursed Vampire by Madeline McGrane – J GN MCGRANEAh, this book! This beautiful book! It has a spectacular mix of irreverent humor, suspenseful mystery, heartfelt “found family” dynamics, and downright bone-chilling scares. Dragoslava is a troubled young vampire who has spent centuries serving a cruel witch. But when they and their friends meet a kind witch and vampire, they have to sift through their own fears and deep mistrust of others as they make choices that will affect themself and their friends. If you’ve got an older child who loves scary (but deep!) tales, this is the perfect choice. Witches of Brooklyn by Sophie Escabasse – J GN ESCABASSE V.1Irascible Effie finds herself living with her two strange aunts after the death of her mother, but is quickly charmed by their habits and ways. Life gets even better when Effie realizes that they’re witches – and that she is a witch, too! Like Effie, I was quickly taken in by the curmudgeonly Selimene and the doting Carlota. There’s nothing scary about this sweet tale of a hilarious witch family learning from and with each other, which makes it a great read for someone who loves magic without the creepy parts. ~Lisa Jenkins, Youth Services Librarian

Upcoming November Reads

upcoming reads

November is here and so are new books! Below is a list of books that you can look forward to borrowing from the library this November.  Please note that descriptions are taken from the publisher.  Class by Stephanie Land | November 7  From the New York Times bestselling author who inspired the hit Netflix series about a struggling mother barely making ends meet as a housecleaner—a gripping memoir about college, motherhood, poverty, and life after Maid. My Name is Barbara by Barbara Streisland | November 7 The long-awaited memoir by the superstar of stage, screen, recordings, and television The Wishing Bridge by Viola Shipman | November 7 With unabashed winter charm, The Wishing Bridge sparkles with the humor and heart fans of Kristy Woodson Harvey, Nancy Thayer and Jenny Colgan love most. Last Night at the Hollywood Canteen by Sarah James | November 7  Perhaps the best place in 1943 Hollywood to see the stars is the Hollywood Canteen, a club for servicemen staffed exclusively by those in show business. Murder mystery playwright Annie Laurence, new in town after a devastating breakup, definitely hopes to rub elbows with the right stars. Maybe then she can get her movie made.  The Little Liar by Mitch Albom | November 14  Beloved bestselling author Mitch Albom returns with a powerful novel that moves from a coastal Greek city during the Holocaust, to America, where the intertwined lives of three survivors are forever changed by the perils of deception and the grace of redemption. The Edge by David Baldacci | November 14 The 6:20 Man is back, dropped by his handlers into a small coastal town in Maine to solve the murder of a CIA agent who knew America’s dirtiest secrets—can Travis Devine uncover the truth before his time runs out? The Future by Noami Alderman | November 23 The bestselling, award-winning author of The Power delivers a dazzling tour de force where a handful of friends plot a daring heist to save the world from the tech giants whose greed threatens life as we know it. The Mystery Guest by Nita Prose | November 28 Molly Gray is not like anyone else. With her flair for cleaning and proper etiquette, she has risen through the ranks of the glorious five-star Regency Grand Hotel to become the esteemed Head Maid. But just as her life reaches a pinnacle state of perfection, her world is turned upside down when J. D. Grimthorpe, the world-renowned mystery author, drops dead—very dead—on the hotel’s tearoom floor. Which of these reads are you looking forward to borrowing? We hope to see you at the Library soon! Happy reading! -Jessica, Head of Adult Services & Acquisitions