A Mighty Girl's top picks of stories starring Mighty Girl witches for children and teens.
On Halloween night, don't be surprised if you see a broomstick in the sky! Witches are a fixture of the Halloween tradition — and since most witches are depicted as female, there are plenty of stories out there starring Mighty Girl witches. From funny picture books to quirky and suspenseful middle grade novels to creepy young adult titles, there's something here to suit every witch-loving reader.
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Mighty Girl Witch Stories
Fans of the original Room on the Broom will love this board book that lets them control the action! Kids can wiggle the witch's broomstick as she and her cat fly high in the sky, push and pull tabs to let the dog, bird, and frog ride along with them, and SNAP! Make the broom break in two. A scene-changing mechanism lets them scare away the greedy dragon, and a final big tab lets the witch and all her friends fly off on their magnificent new broom. With simple rhyming text adapted from the original, this board book is a fun, hands-on way to introduce young kids to a modern Halloween classic.
Wilma is the littlest witch in her family, so small that her hands can't catch a toad, tie up twigs for a new broom, or control the stunt broomstick so she can join her family in the broom-flying demonstration. Although she tries and tries, her family tell her she's just not big enough yet. Her friend Mae the mummy commiserates with her, and the pair decide to watch the flying routine together... and when something goes wrong, it's Wilma, atop Mae's shoulders, who saves the day! This companion to The Littlest Mummy is full of gently spooky friends and reassurance for kids who feel too small themselves.
On the far side of town, a brave young witch lives a big, dark house. Her fellow witches warn her about the scary humans and their mysterious and dangerous version of Halloween, but one year, the witch's curiosity gets the best of her and she decides to see just what these humans are all about. It turns out that witches and little girls aren't all that different after all! Author Allison McGhee tells her story completely in dialogue balloons, making it a fun read — and perfect for a young child who’s slightly nervous about this spooky holiday. For another gentle story about this young witch, check out the sequel The Sweetest Witch Around.
Little Witchling lives alone on a mountain top, where she practices her spells and potions... and dreams of having a friend. Finally, though, she gets to try a spell to conjure one! This is her chance to have the friend she's always dreamed of. As she works her way down the list of ingredients, she realizes there's one she doesn't have: fur from a one-eyed teddy bear. But when she finally finds such a bear, it turns out he belongs to a little girl named Lily, who refuses to part with her beloved stuffed animal. But maybe there's a way to make the wish come true anyway... Sweet rhyming text from Lu Fraser and charming illustrations by Sarah Massini, the illustrator of The Girl and The Dinosaur, combine to create a magical picture book about finding friendship in unexpected places.
A witch and her cat are on a broomstick flight when the wind blows her hat right off! Fortunately, a helpful dog retrieves it and all he asks is a ride on the broom. But then she loses her bow and her wand and picks up two more passengers, a green parrot and a frog. Soon space on the broom is very, very tight, but how can you kick a helpful friend off? And when the witch faces a truly frightening foe, she's going to need every friend she's got! This funny story ends with the witch finding a clever and satisfying solution to their space problem and making sure there is room on the broom for everyone. For littler fans of this friendly witch, check out the Room on the Broom Push, Pull, and Slide book for ages 1 to 3.
Mitzi is a city witch, fond of pizza and crowded subways and all the culture of an urban area. Her cousin Muffletump is a country witch, who prefers hayrides, pumpkin picking, and her friendly pet snake. The cousins love to get together, but their differences get them bickering, so naturally, they decide to solve their problem with a spell. Unfortunately, finding the right spell is more complicated than it seemed! This fun read-aloud includes vividly detailed illustrations; kids can spend hours finding all the little touches on its pages.
Bring some noisy interactive fun to the modern classic Room on the Broom with this interactive sound book! As kids enjoy this modern Halloween classic, following a witch and her cat as they give a broomstick ride to a helpful dog, bird, and frog, they can watch for the twelve sound buttons and wait for their cue to trigger the sound effects. Kids will hear the witch cackle and the cat purr, the tap of the witch's wand and the whoosh of her broomstick! It's a fun introduction to a family favorite that is sure to become a Halloween staple.
Delia has been looking forward to the annual witch parade for months but the day of the parade turns out to be cold and rainy. When the other witches start to complain, Delia decides to take matters into her own hands and casts a spell that turns the raindrops into cats and dogs. But raining pets doesn't help, so Delia decides to change the rain again. Hats and clogs, bats and frogs, every rain she can think of causes problems. Delia will have to be especially clever if she wants to solve this problem! Kids will love the repeating puns in this funny picture book.
This little girl's granny is (whispers) a witch! And frankly, having a witch for a grandmother can be a bit of a pain. So she decides to reform her granny and teach her to be just like all the other grandmothers out there. But it turns out that, when you take away the frogs and bats, the icky soup and the disappearing spells...Granny just isn't herself, and she's not nearly as much fun. Time to unreform Granny! Fun rhyme makes this an appealing read-aloud, and kids will love the message of loving someone just as she is. For more books featuring these fun characters, check out the picture book Whizz! Pop! Granny, Stop! and the chapter books for ages 6 to 9 The Super-Spooky Fright Night! and The Great Granny Cake Contest!
A little girl desperately wants to be able to fly — but only a witch can do that. She’s not deterred, though: instead, one special night, she gets a broom (and her cat) and tries, and tries, and tries... until, finally, her heart’s desire comes true. Told in poetic language with evocative illustrations, this story emphasizes perseverance and celebrates a little girl who believes she can do something amazing. This reflective, quiet book makes a great counterpart to the bustling, noisy Halloween holiday.
Winnie the Witch loves black: everything in her home, from the stairs to the chairs to the floor, is black. And that includes her cat, Wilbur, who ends up accidentally stepped on and sat on until both of them are fed up. So Winnie has the idea to turn him bright green so he'll stand out — except then Wilbur goes out in the long grass... This funny story with a colorful twist is fun to read aloud or alone and includes vibrant illustrations befitting the multi-hued subject matter.
In her Calabrian town in Italy, Strega Nona — "Grandma Witch" — is the person to see for potions, cures, and comfort for anything that ails you. And, of course, everyone knows about her ever-full pasta pot! When Strega Nona leaves her house in the charge of Big Anthony for a day, he's so hungry he decides to try the pasta spell himself. Unfortunately, Big Anthony doesn't quite have the knack of it and it will be up to Strega Nona to save the day! dePaola's vivid illustrations make this beloved classic a treat for young readers!
In this fun story for beginning readers, Lulu the witch girl is off for her first day of school! She's a little nervous, but her teacher Miss Slime quickly helps her feel comfortable, and her first flying lesson goes smoothly. But there's one thing she doesn't like at school: curly-haired Sandy Witch, who seems to do everything better than her and loves to show off. It will take a little witchy cleverness to find a way to make friends! Fans of Lulu can also check out her experience with a new sibling in Lulu and the Witch Baby.
Betty is excited to be a first-grade witch, but when she arrives, her classmates make fun of her small size and her kinder-broom. They even call her "Itty Bitty," which makes her feel small inside. Her solution it to win the Halloween Dash, the big broomstick race — surely then the mean witches will realize she's not itty bitty after all. But when she practices with a big broom, she swooshes and crashes, and feels even smaller than before. Then, she has an idea: what if her smaller size could be an advantage? With a few clever strategies (and a broom that fits her properly) Betty doesn't just prove herself to her classmates, but to herself as well. Anyone who's been made to feel small will love this magical tale of perseverance and self-confidence.
Years before Charmed, the Charmed Ones faced their first magical adventure! It's the 1980s, and Prue, Piper, and Phoebe are destined to be the most powerful witches the world has ever seen: the Charmed Ones. But right now, they're three little girls living with their Grams... and constantly bickering with one another. When their arguments threaten the future, their magic awakens early, sending them on a quest to change their destiny — for good or for ill! This bewitching picture book is a retro adventure that's perfect to help Charmed fans introduce a new generation to this magical tale!
In this clever retelling of the Hansel and Gretel story, author / illustrator Bethan Woollvin asks: what about the witch's side? Willow is a good witch, and she would never hurt innocent children... but Hansel and Gretel are far from innocent. Not only do they take bites out of her house and mess with her spellbooks, but they decide that they want the house all to themselves — and try to get it by shoving Willow into an oven! That's when it turns out Willow isn't always a good witch... and her patience can be pushed to its limits. Woollvin's wicked humor and striking illustrations are the perfect fit in this follow-up to creator of Little Red and Rapunzel.
Leila is a very gifted young witch: even though she's the youngest of her siblings, she's the fastest flier, the best spellcaster, and she can even create exquisite pumpkin carvings! She's got a trophy case that's almost full, but there's one space she's saving: a spot for the prize for the Magnificent Witchy Cake-Off. This year she's finally old enough to participate, and she's sure she'll win — especially since she's from a long line of masters of the Dark Arts of Patisserie. Except when she starts trying, she discovers that baking is harder than it looks... and no matter how hard she tries, her efforts only end in disaster! Fortunately, her sisters share some secrets, and Leila realizes that — win or lose — she's had plenty of fun... and lots of special time with family. Flavia Z. Drago, the author of Gustavo, the Shy Ghost, has crafted a sweet, offbeat story about what success really means.
This lonely and kind witch knows the perfect companion to keep her company: a cat! But a witch's cat has to be able to do many things, so whenever a cat applies, she lists them off: "Could you ride on my broom across the Moon, and stir my cauldron with a wooden spoon? Could you remember my spells from beginning to end? But, most of all, will you be my friend?" Except the Persian would get broomsick, the Siamese doesn't do chores, and the tabby is far too forgetful. It's not until the witch makes a trip to the SPCA that she finds the perfect black cat to be her friend! This charming book, perfect for reading aloud, is a celebration of finding the perfect pet — no matter what that means for you.
Little Witch Hazel is a tiny figure who lives in a cozy cottage in the woods — and devotes herself to helping the creatures around her. Through a year of four seasons in Mosswood, readers will follow Little Witch Hazel's adventures: rescuing an orphaned egg in the spring, takes a day off in summer; and investigates a mysterious cry from a (maybe haunted?) stump in autumn. And in winter, when Little Witch Hazel gets trapped in a blizzard during a busy day of doctoring her neighbors, one of her acts of kindness will be the key to her rescue! With beautiful illustrations and a gentle, evocative view of the natural world, this gorgeous book by award-winning author-illustrator Phoebe Wahl celebrates friendship, wildness, and seasonal changes.
Frankie loves fairy tales, so at first she's thrilled when fairy tale characters start showing up at her door. But all of them have the same story: the witch is coming, and they have to hide. As Frankie packs every nook and cranny of her house with Knights, unicorns, princesses, mermaids, and more, she can't help but wonder what will happen when this witch arrives. Fortunately, when the witch arrives as promised, it turns out she's a fairly friendly one — and she's challenged her friends to a lively game of hide and seek! With colorful illustrations and a delightful twist at the end, this is the perfect not-too-scary witch story.
Witches Alice and Greta grow up on the same mountain, but they're as different as can be. Alice has a rosy outlook and a kind demeanor; Greta delights in trouble and wreaking havoc and misery. When they both attend Miss Mildred Mildew's School of Magic, they learn the Brewmerang Principle: "Whatever you chant, / Whatever you brew, / Sooner or later / Comes back to you!" But despite the warning, Greta continues her unpleasant ways — until the day that Alice is able ot use that principle to put a stop to Greta's pranks. Funny and bewitching, this book celebrates the power of good deeds!
What's more fun around Halloween than playing pretend? This little girl knows her mother must be a witch — after all, the bathroom is full of magic potion bottles she's not allowed to touch! But since her mother is a good witch, it only makes sense to pull on a cat costume and become a witch's cat. A charming story with intricate collage illustrations, this is sure to become a favorite.
Anita and Winnifred Wompananny love to cook and bake — and quiver at the thought of the terrifying children that live in their neighborhood! One day, after a particularly stressful encounter with them, the witches are so anxious that they decide to make a delicious pizza to soothe their nerves... except that they accidentally bake their fearful feelings right into the crust, making for one mean pizza that sets out to wreak havoc around town. Fortunately, the hungry kids of the neighborhood decide to show that pizza who's boss. This fun and funny story about courage and friendship is sure to get kids giggling all year round.
Grimelda's house has stuff over the place, but she finds it cozy and comforting — until the day she wants to make her favorite pickle pie and she can't find a key ingredient! She rummages through other items like scream cheese spread, dragon fruit, and rot sauce without success; she even thinks of trying a finding spell, but she can't find the right spellbook. Making pickle pie might turn out to be more of an adventure than she had planned... With fun verse for reading aloud and busy illustrations that kids can scour for funny details, kids will return to this book over and over again. Fans of Grimelda will be delighted to see her return in Grimelda and the Spooktacular Pet Show.
Helen and her dog Martha (of Martha Speaks fame!) are trick or treating when they wander into a supermarket... but it doesn't take long browsing the aisles to realize that something's a bit strange. Why are apples with worms more expensive? Why is the broom selection so large? And what's with all the black cats? Readers will giggle as they catch onto the secret of the supermarket long before Helen and Martha do in this silly story.
This little witch looks the part just perfectly: she has a black pointy hat, black pointy shoes, and a red pointy nose. She even has the black cat! So why don't any of her spells seem to work? How can such a witchy witch have so much trouble with basic magic? This warm-hearted story will generate giggles when the big reveal shows just why this particular witch is having difficulty!
When a witch's broom lands in widow Minna Shaw's garden, she takes it in and puts it to work. She quickly discovers that it's a pretty ordinary broom for sweeping — but it can also do any number of other tasks, from chopping wood to feeding some very startled chickens to keeping her company when the day is done. When the broom stops two bullying children, the suspicious neighbors demand that Minna gives up the broom to be destroyed. But even after they've burned it at the stake, Minna still wants her companion.... Mysterious and just spooky enough, the 25th anniversary edition of this book is perfect for introducing a new generation to this memorable story by two-time Caldecott Medal winner and master of the mysterious Chris Van Allsburg.
Dorrie is a little witch, but sometimes she has to deal with some big problems — like when everyone in Witchville starts having nightmares! The same purple monsters are haunting all the witches' dreams, so the Big Witch, Dorrie's mother, decides it's time to consult with the Dream Witch. But when the spell to conjure the Dream Witch goes wrong, Dorrie ends up transported to the Dreamyard instead! Can Dorrie help the Dream Witch find a way to get the monsters back where they belong? Dorrie the Little Witch has been charming readers since she first appeared in 1962; now a new generation of readers can enjoy the fun!
Crimson Twill is a somewhat surprising little witch: she loves polka dots, bows, and puppies more than classic witch's garb, and she thinks there's room for witches to be nice, not wicked. And she's eager to ride on her mother's broom for her first big trip to New Wart City! A shopping trip to Broomingdale's provides plenty of things to see — including a new friend, Mauve. And with the help of a lost puppy, a fashion show, and some quick thinking, the two little witches have an adventure as unique as Crimson is! Bestselling author Kallie George has created a charming illustrated chapter book series opener, full of wordplay and fun, that stars a little witch who's determined to be herself.
Vasilisa lives with her jealous stepmother and stepsisters on the edge of a forest with an infamous denizen: the merciless witch Baba Yaga! Her only comfort is the little magic doll her mother made her before she died. But when Vasilisa's stepmother sends her on an errand to the witch herself — something few have ever survived — Vasilisa's determination and kindness — with the little doll's help — turn Baba Yaga from a threat into a surprising ally. And it turns out that the gratitude of a witch is a powerful thing. This elegant picture book with exquisite illustrations is a treat for any reader who enjoys folklore.
Fans of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli are likely familiar with young witch Kiki of Kiki's Delivery Service! When 13-year-old witch in training Kiki sets off for her first year as an independent witch, she comes up with an innovative business: a delivery service by broomstick! But when Kiki faces unexpected challenges, including losing her ability to fly, she'll have to draw on every ounce of determination and magic she possesses. This fun and detailed picture book adaptation, which includes 111 pages of full-color artwork from the film, is sure to be a hit with Kiki's fans!
You might think it's fun to be the daughter of a famous witch and be forbidden to go to school — but Minx just wishes that she were a normal little girl. So one day, she sneaks off to school, making life a little more exciting for everyone there! But Mr. Beanpot the detective and Mrs. Sputter from the Parent-Teacher Association are determined to learn the truth about this strange new student who arrived on a broomstick. This classic story is back in print for the first time in thirty years, in a new 60th anniversary edition that's perfect for sharing with a new generation!
Sadie has two best friends — but when both of them go on vacation together, Sadie is left behind and heartbroken. Then, she makes a startling discovery: a witch has moved into her backyard playhouse! Ms. M is no ordinary witch: her magic is based on nature and inspiration, not potions and wands, and she's an avid birder. But with Ms. M's friends Onyx the cat and Ethel the bird missing, she needs a little extra help — and Sadie fits the bill. It's the start of an adventure that will teach Sadie about birds, magic, and the wonder that surrounds her seemingly ordinary life. This charming early chapter book, the first of a planned series, will teach young readers about common bird species and get them thinking about the natural world that surrounds their own home.
Young witch Trixie is frustrated: she doesn’t get to do anything fun, but her little sister gets away with everything. And she’s determined to wow her classmates — a collection of monsters, witches, and ghosts — at show and tell, but they all know all of her tricks already! Then Trixie remembers she knows one more trick: making something disappear. And she knows just what she’d like to make go away... At the heart of this fun graphic novel is the struggle with sibling envy, making this story perfect for the whole year round.
Nora Cooper's new neighbor, Maggie Brown, seems to have a strange way with animals — she has a cat, a parakeet, a dog, and a lizard who all seem to love her, plus the neighborhood pets seem crazy about her. Humans are pretty fond of her too, thanks to her delicious fudge. In fact, a few pieces seem to turn Nora's dad into an animal lover...and after another few pieces, Nora can have a conversation with the family dog! But what happens if someone eats one piece too many? These charmingly mysterious early chapter books have recently been reissued; for more of these classic stories, check out this selection of Matter-of-Fact Magic titles.
At the top of a mountain surrounded by a deep wood stands Miss Cackle's Academy, where young witches train in all the witchy arts. Mildred Hubble is the worst witch in the school, struggling with everything, but she's getting by until she accidentally makes an enemy of Ethel, the teacher's pet. But when she decides to run away and overhears people plotting against the school, Mildred is faced with a choice: leave the Academy to its fate or see if the worst witch might actually save the day. Fans this series, originally published in the 1970s, can find seven of her adventures in The Worst Witch: Complete Adventures box set.
When 11-year-old Effie's mother dies, she finds herself on the doorstep of her elderly aunt Selimene and her partner, Carlota, acupuncturists and herbalists who serve their Brooklyn neighborhood. While the pair welcome Effie in, she can't help but feel like things will never be normal again... and it turns out that she's right. Just as she's settling into school and maybe even making friends, her favorite singer shows up at Selimene's door seeking magical help! It turns out that Selimene and Carlota are both witches — could Effie be one too? This delightful graphic novel combines real-world challenges with magical adventure that celebrates found family and the power of helping others.
Elizabeth is an only child, new in town, the shortest kid in class... and terribly lonely. Then she meets Jennifer, who says she is a witch — a real one. Elizabeth finds herself an apprentice, and then a journeyman witch, earning her stripes by casting small spells. But when a marvelous toad enters their lives, Elizabeth and Jennifer will learn that even witchy friendships require a little give and take. This charming story of friendship will please any reader who wonders if she'll ever find a kindred spirit.
The Castle Hangnail has lost its wicked witch, and without an evil master to rule it, the Board of Magic will decommission it — meaning that the minions of the castle will all lose their home. So when 12-year-old Molly shows up, swearing that she's a really wicked witch, the minions are dubious but let her give it a shot. But while she starts passing the tests that the Board of Magic requires, the truth is that Molly isn't who she says she is. Will the residents of Castle Hangnail save their home? This richly illustrated novel is filled with humor, magic, and an unforgettable all-star cast of castle characters.
Fans of Kiki's Delivery Service will be delighted to read this new translation of the book that inspired the Studio Ghibli film! Half-witch Kiki is ready to follow the witch tradition of choosing a new town to call home for one year after her thirteenth birthday. But the village of Koriko is not as welcoming as she might have hoped, and the villagers aren't so sure about her idea to use her witch's powers to help them. It takes some determination, but slowly, Kiki makes friends in her new home... and realizes that there's magic in every day, ordinary places, too. This brand new translation of the first book in the Kiki series will delight readers young and old!
If a witch doesn't fly home by the end of Halloween night, then she's stuck in our world until next Halloween... so when Felina's broom breaks down, she's in a bad spot! Fortunately, the Doon family — including Lucinda, a girl her age, and their cat, Itchabody — are willing to take her in. But Felina has a lot to learn about caring for and love from a family and this promises to be a very interesting year! This 1971 story is now available in a paperback edition to share with a new generation.
In Poppy's world, witches work for good and are treated with respect and honor so when Poppy, whose parents are not witches, develops powers, they are thrilled. Poppy, on the other hand, is not: all she wants to do is become a great baker. Her parents push her into magic despite her protests, and soon Poppy is exploring some dark paths out of frustration and resentment. Fortunately, friendship and good food win out in the end! Poppy is a sympathetic characters and readers will empathize with a tween who expresses her anger in inappropriate ways (and enjoy the included recipes!) Fans of this story can find more stand-alone stories set in Poppy's magical world in our Poppy Pendle Collection.
Willow's family has magic in their blood, but compared to her mother and sisters, Willow considers her knack for finding things very plain... until Starfell's most feared witch, Moreg Vaine, appears on her doorstep. It turns out that last Tuesday is missing, and Moreg believes Willow can find it. Afraid to refuse (and secretly excited at the prospect of an adventure) Willow grabs Oswin, the monster under her bed, and sets off at Moreg's side. At their first stop, though, the witch-phobic townspeople arrest Moreg, leaving Willow to continue the quest alone. With the help of Oswin, as well as a dragon, a female troll, and a seer of the past, can Willow find the missing day? This delightful series opener is full of wonder and mystery, perfect for fans of Nevermoor.
From Hermione Granger and Luna Lovegood, to Minerva McGonagall and Tonks, there are plenty of inspiring women who made their mark in the history of the Wizarding World! This full-color guidebook celebrates all the female characters of the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts franchises, complete with fun facts, photographs of iconic movie moments, and more. There are even specific tributes to girls who ruled on the Quidditch pitch, women who ran Hogwarts, and even the Wizarding World's dastardly female villains. It's the perfect handbook for anyone who's dreamed of getting their Hogwarts letter!
12-year-old Maud has grown up dreaming of being a witch like Mother Agatha, who makes all sorts of things out of sweets — including Maud herself. But after the pair have a ferocious argument, Maud storms out... only to return home to discover that Hansel and Gretel have pushed Agatha into the gingerbread cottage's oven. Unless Maud can bring Agatha back to life, she and all of Agatha's wonderful creations — including her friends Nuss the squirrel and Florian the vulture — will turn back into gingerbread. To save Mother Agatha, herself, and her friends, Maud will have to enter the dangerous Shadelands and evade the witch hunters on her trail. This clever story full of charming characters and reinvented tropes reads like a fairy tale classic.
In Mup's world, the raggedy witches are the enforcers for a tyrannical queen who has outlawed most magic — Mup's grandmother. And when her Aunty dies, the raggedy witches come for Mup's family and spirit away her father. Mup and her mother decide to leave the ordinary world and journey through the Witches Borough to rescue him... but it won't be easy. Everything is off-balance, and even Mam and Mup herself start to seem off-kilter. Even if Mup can retrieve her father, will she ever be the same? The first book of a trilogy about family and forbidden magic, this book takes fantasy tropes and gives them a new twist. Mup's story continues in The Little Grey Girl and concludes in The Promise Witch.
Many years ago, the Merlyn family — a family of witches — had a falling out with the other branch of the family, the Morgans... and ever since, they only have powers in October of every year. For 13-year-old Clemmie, the exciting possibility of finally coming into her magic is dulled by the growing distance between her and her cousin Mirabelle. When Clemmie's aunts try to recover their lost magic, and the creepy Morgans show up, the ensuing battle leaves Clemmie and Mirabelle alone. The cousins will have to work together — and solve the mystery of what exactly happened between the first Merlyn and the first Morgan — to get their magic and their family back! This delightful middle grade fantasy novel is perfect for young Hocus Pocus fans.
Every year, young Witchlings gather for the Black Moon Ceremony, where they're placed into covens and come into their full-blown witch powers. 12-year-old Seven Salazar was expecting to be placed in the most powerful coven, alongside her best friend... but instead, she's not placed in any of the five covens. That makes her a Spare, and Spare covens are smaller, less powerful, and looked down on by everyone. Not only that, but then the magic circle that should seal Seven and her fellow two Spares as a coven doesn't work, which means they'll be stuck as Witchlings and lose their magic forever. Their only option is to be assigned an impossible task; if they succeed, their coven will finally be sealed. And as the three of them set out to save their futures, Seven and her new sisters discover that friendship may be the most powerful magic out there! Full of action, humor, and heart, this story is perfect for fans of Amari and the Night Brothers.
Nearly 13-year-old Giada has been training to become a guaritrice, an Italian witch who specializes in magical healing, just like the rest of her family... but secretly, she feels a closer kinship with Diana, the goddess of wild animals, than she does with Apollo and his human medicine. She also feels stifled by expectations set by her older brother, Rocco, the apple of the family's eye. Then Giada's accidental spill of olive oil and salt (and wayward wish) leads to Rocco being kidnapped by the Streghe del Malocchio, witches who can sniff out bad luck. To rescue Rocco, Giada and her black cat Sinistro will have to enter Malafi, the underground city of the witches — but saving him may also require unexpected allies, including the baby gryphon Giada has been caring for. This magical mix of modern medicine and mysterious magic is a captivating series opener.
12-year-old Sophie desperately wants to impress her mother and grandmother and attend the Royal Magic Academy... but her magic never seems to be up to par. So they send her to stay with relatives she's never met, Cousin Sage and Great-Aunt Lan, who mostly give her chores (and make her feel even worse about her lack of skill.) When Sophie tries some magic on her own, she accidentally gets her own magic tangled up with the magic of a water dragon named Lir — who ends up in a human form, unable to remember who he is. He's still gifted with magic, though, and he might just be able to help her ace her entrance exams.... but getting him to help her also means keeping him from regaining his memories. This beautiful graphic novel, perfect for fans of Studio Ghibli, explores the choice between what's best for you and what you know is right.
Arianwyn has always dreamed of serving in the Civil Witchcraft Authority, but when she blows up the testing device at her official evaluation, she's given an assignment in the sleepy, tiny town of Lull, with a provisional designation of apprentice witch. It's a crushing blow, made even worse by her arch-rival Gimma's glee. But when Arianwyn arrives in Lull, she realizes that things aren't what they seem in the tiny town: strange sights in the woods, a creeping hex to tackle, and a mysterious magical visitor. As she slowly wins the townfolks' confidence — and builds her own — Arianwyn begins to realize that being an apprentice witch might not be the end of her career after all. Set in a cozy and old-fashioned world, this charming fantasy will be a perfect fit for middle-grade readers. Arianwyn's adventures continue in A Witch Alone and A Witch Come True.
13-year-old Moth Hush has always wanted to be a witch — and when she accidentally silences two eighth-grade bullies on Halloween, she discovers that she already is. It turns out that Moth's mother, Calendula, fled to the realm of Hecate with her coven during a 17th century witch hunt, only to rebel later and choose to live in the real world. Calendula is slow to teach Moth more, and when she meets a talking black cat and falls through her mother's diary into Hecate, Moth won't just learn about magic: she'll also unravel complicated aspects of history, identity, and family. With the perfect balance of thoughtfulness and humor, this graphic novel is a charming tale of teen rebellion and family love.
12-year-old Eva Evergreen is getting desperate: she only has until her birthday to earn the rank of Novice Witch, or she'll lose her magic forever — but she struggles to cast simple spells and falls asleep if she overdoes it. With a month to go, she travels to the seaside town of Auteri, where the major allows her to stay if she can protect them from the Culling, a destructive magical storm. It's not long before she's come up with a clever idea to win over the town: a "semi-magical fixes" repair shop that allows her to combine the magic she has with some technological know-how. But with the Culling drawing nearer, will Eva's pinch of magic be enough? This charming and creative fantasy celebrates ingenuity and persistence, perfect for fans of Kiki's Delivery Service. Eva's story continues in Eva Evergreen and the Cursed Witch.
Terry Pratchett brings his Discworld witches to younger readers with his series about budding witch Tiffany Aching. In The Wee Free Men, nine-year-old would-be witch Tiffany finds herself desperately seeking witch magic to defend her home — and her pesky little brother — from the denizens of Fairyland. It turns out that Tiffany, who's intelligent, determined, and has a talent for cheese, also has a gift for being a witch. Tiffany's story continues in A Hat Full of Sky, Wintersmith, I Shall Wear Midnight, and Terry Pratchett's final Discworld novel, The Shepherd's Crown — in which Tiffany comes into her own as a fully independent witch. With plenty of adventure, humor, and heart, this action-packed and thought-provoking series will bewitch readers young and old alike!
Grunhilda's family have always been witches, but now that no one believes in witches anymore and she's left hunting for other employment. Fortunately, she stumbles across a job that might be perfect for someone who can cook up pots of foul goo: lunch lady! Before long, a clever young student figures out who Grunhilda is. Grunhilda admires her spunk, but realizes that Madison is struggling both at school and at home. Witches don't help people, but maybe Grunhilda can make an exception, just this once. This quirky, silly story will have readers looking twice at the people stirring the pot in their school cafeteria. Fans of the series can check out the second volume, Lunch Witch: Knee-deep in Niceness.
For hundreds of years, a small group of Elders have ruled the Protectorate by terrorizing its citizens with stories of a witch who will destroy the community if a baby is not left in the forest for her once a year. A witch does live in the forest — but she is a kind and gentle witch named Xan, who rescues the abandoned babies. One year, however, she accidentally feeds a rescued baby moonlight instead of starlight. The moonlight fills the child with powerful magic, and for her safety, Xan decides to raise this special child, Luna, as her own. As Luna approaches her 13th birthday, her magic begins to grow in new and unpredictable ways. With her coming of age, Luna will face new challenges to protect the people she loves and bring renewed hope to the lives of those around her. This stunning novel, winner of the 2017 Newbery Medal, has become a modern classic.
When Max Dennison takes his little sister Dani out trick or treating on Halloween in Salem, Massachusetts, he has no idea that he'll accidentally resurrect three real life witches! Winifred, Sarah, and Mary have one night to suck the soul of a child or they will crumble into dust forever... and only Max and his crush Allison, with the help of a mysteriously immortal cat named Binx, can stop them. But even if they banish the witches tonight, are they really gone forever? In this stunning illustrated novelization, which pairs the film's story with dozens of original art pieces from Gris Grimly, this book captures the perfect combination of hilarious and dark that made the movie a cult classic. This is a terrific library addition for Hocus Pocus fans — and the perfect way to prepare for the witches' return in Hocus Pocus 2.
12-year-old Brida was a foundling taken in by Mother Magdi, a kindly hedgewitch, but hard as she tries she doesn't have the knack for herbcraft. Instead, Brida discovers that she seems to have a gift for a more powerful magic... one that catches the eye of the wicked queen Moira, who drove her two sisters out and set the formerly peaceful realm off-balance, causing unpredictable weather and even the rise of monsters. With the huntsman — and, worse, Moira's Crow spies — on her tail, Brida starts to discover the truth behind her powers, and realizes that she may be the key to overturning Moira's reign... as long as she can maintain her courage and her firm sense of right and wrong. Brida will uncover her destiny against truly evil foes in this rich fantasy, perfect for fans of Shannon Hale and Kelly Barnhill.
12-year-old Grace lives in an orphanage on Prince Edward Island, where nobody wants to adopt her — or believes in her magic. So Grace runs away to offer herself as an apprentice to Miss Puddlestone, the witch in the woods. To Grace's (brief) dismay, the rumors about Miss Puddlestone (and how she eats children) are true, but Grace still convinces her to accept a deal: if she learns all the spells in her grimoire, she'll become Miss Puddlestone's apprentice. The spells are difficult to master (although Grace's tenacity does grow on her unwilling mentor), but everything is threatened when Miss Puddlestone's past comes back to haunt her. Can Grace save the only family she's ever found? With plenty of nods to the original Anne of Green Gables, this inventive story from the author of The School Between Winter and Fairyland shows that sometimes, the greatest magic is imagination.
In the realm of Aurelia, 12-year-old Ellie Bettlebump has a witch's "contaminated, malevolent magic" as well as her fairy magic, but she hopes that applying to the Fairy Godmother Academy will overcome her witch heritage. Meanwhile, in Boulder Falls, Wisconsin, Caedmon Tuggle is grieving his best friend. Then, both kids receive invitations to join King Arthur's legendary Knights of the Round Table. But Ellie and Caedmon soon realize that a curse is draining the Knights of their power, and it's up to them break it. Doing so, though, means they have to reforge the lost sword of Excalibur... and that Ellie will have to accept her witch magic, and Caedmon will have to rise to knighthood. Told in alternating chapters from both Ellie and Caedmon's perspectives, this novel inspired by the legend of Camelot is perfect for fans of The School for Good and Evil and A Tale of Magic….
The "witches" of history the history books were generally misunderstood — or "troublemaking" — women. Graves introduces thirteen real-life women whose actions, like practicing medicine, standing up to a ruler, or even just living alone, ended up with them branded as witches. The infographic style makes for an accessible read of these fascinating stories, with lots of resources provided for further exploration of these daring women. For an excellent fictional depiction of witch hysteria in the past, check out the Newbery Medal-winning book The Witch of Blackbird Pond.
12-year-olds Delpha and Katydid both live in the Appalachian village of Howler's Hollow, and they've both got magical problems. Delpha is forbidden to use magic because a spell killed family members; Katydid, who is intersex, worries about whether she'll inherit the witch's powers of women in her family. When the two girls clash over who gets to use Delpha's family spellbook, they accidentally resurrect ancestors from both families — who are ready to pick up their feud right where they left off! To save Howler's Hollow, the two would-be witches will have to learn to work together. Full of magic and whimsy, this debut novel also captures universal experiences of insecurity and the search for identity, all in a folksy setting that readers will love.
In Emma's alternate historical London, witches were driven out after they attempted to rise up against the queen — and now every 13-year-old is tested for witch blood, and exiled if they fail. Emma knows her ability to hear the rhythm of heartbeats is a bad sign, so she desperately attempts to quash her power... but she starts to realize that there are secrets being kept by both her family and her country's history. When she fails on the day of the test, she finds herself in the company of new friends... and on a quest to find out the truth about the uprising, its aftermath, and more. This thrilling fantasy adventure, full of timely questions about who writes history, is perfect for fans of Serafina and the Black Cloak.
Jessica is already isolated from both her busy, dating mother and her peers when she brings home a skinny, ugly kitten she calls Worm. But then Worm starts convincing her to do mean, awful things — and Jessica realizes that Worm must be a witch’s cat. So has Worm bewitched her, or does he have other reasons to be interested in Jessica? And how can she free herself from his influence? This Newbery Honor book captures the isolation and alienation many young people feel, and explores the question of moral responsibility — all in a spooky, supernatural setting.
12-year-old Marigold's family are the last known aromages: witches who can perform magic with scents, but who know that each of their charms also alters someone's fate. Her ancestors have long lived on Luna Island in North Carolina — but suddenly things are changing. Her parents are planning to separate, and when Marigold tries to use magic to stop him, she causes an earthquake that hurts her dad, damages the island, and leaves her family ostracized by the neighbors.... and it doesn't even stop her dad from leaving. So she and her two big sisters make a pact that they'll swear off magic for good. When Marigold discovers a 200-year-old curse that threatens her family, though, she faces a choice: does she trust in herself (and her magic,) or risk losing her sisters forever? This magical novel, with its realistic emotions around family and sisterhood, is pure magic.
12-year-old Riley Oh is thrilled for her sister, Hattie, who's about to be initiated into the Gom clan, a lineage of Korean healing witches. She just wishes that she could join her — but Riley, who is adopted, is a saram, a person without magic. Then Hattie and Riley find a spell that could allow them to share Hattie's magic... but casting it violates the laws of the Godrealm. Now Hattie's life is at stake and Riley's only chance is to find the last fallen star to save her — and repair her fractured community. With the help of her best friend Emmett, Riley will overcome supposedly mythical creatures like an inmyeonjo, a dokkaebi, and gwisin — and discover the truth about her parentage. Graci Kim's first book in the Gifted Clans series is a powerful story of magic, sisterhood, and self-acceptance.
Abby Shepherd just turned 13... and discovered she's a witch. She's not quite sure how to manage her powers, and worse, her best friend Robby is suddenly keeping secrets from her. When a stranger named Miss Winters arrives in town and offers to teach Abby — and a few other young witches in town — it seems like the perfect opportunity. But when Robby reveals that he's trying to solve the mystery of what happened to his mother, and Abby helps him investigate, she starts wondering if Miss Winters is as trustworthy as she thinks. Atmospheric, just-spooky-enough, and magical, this story celebrates true friendship and standing up for what's right.
12-year-old orphan Zita believes she's destined for life as a housemaid — so she's shocked when an animated scarecrow appears to tell her that she is heir to a mysterious castle and the powerful witchcraft of the Brydgeborn family. At Castle Blackbird, Zita gets instruction in magic from a guardian, Mrs. Cantanker, and bonds with Minnifer and Bram, two other orphans who tend to the castle and grounds. But all is not as it seems: the Brydgeborns were victims of foul play, and their magic is key in a battle between the living and the dead. Zita needs to figure out who she can trust — and whether she can save the family she's always wanted. Suspenseful and magical, with a vibrant and witchy world, this compelling novel is perfect for fans of Katherine Arden’s Small Spaces and Diana Wynne Jones’s Howl’s Moving Castle.
Masha is looking for an adventure and a place to call her own. Unlike many of her peers, she both believes the legends her grandmother taught her about the fearsome witch Baba Yaga and is courageous enough to seek her out anyway. Masha is clever enough to find Baba Yaga's hut on chicken legs, but if she wants to become the witch's assistant, she'll have to pass several tests — all while living in a place where deceit is the rule and where children are on the dinner menu (though not for long with Masha's intervention!) This spooky and poignant graphic novel is sure to intrigue middle readers.
Elloren Gardner is the granddaughter of the last Black Witch, but unlike her ancestor, she has no mystical power in a society that prizes magical ability above all else. When she has the opportunity to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming an apothecary at Verpax University, which admits all manner of people, including many of sworn enemies of the Gardnerians, she quickly learns how difficult it is to escape her family's legacy. As Elloren seeks out other outcasts for company, which forces her to confront the stereotypes and xenophobia she's been taught, she begins to realize that there may be good reasons for their opposition to her government. This complex, rich fantasy conveys powerful messages about prejudice and extremism; Elloren and her friends return in the further books of The Black Witch Chronicles.
When Kara was five years old, her mother was convicted of witchcraft and executed, leaving her and her brother motherless and under suspicion. The village considers magic evil — almost as evil as the deep forest called the Thickety that covers most of the island. But when Kara dares to follow a strange bird into the Thickety, she finds a book with remarkable powers. But how will she use those powers — does she want to protect the people who killed her mother or will she choose revenge? Kara's story continues in the sequels, The Whispering Trees, Well of Witches, and The Last Spell.
Tea is from a family of witches, but even they are shocked when she accidentally raises her brother from the dead. Her unusual gifts mean that Tea is a bone witch, and her community now shies away from her... but an older bone witch takes Tea under her wing. However, Tea now faces a difficult choice: she is destined to become one of the Dark asha, elemental magicians who keep the demonic daeva at bay, but if she does, she'll slowly lose herself, one battle at a time. Or is there another path that Tea could seek? Lush, imaginative world-building and a tense cliffhanger that will make teen readers eager for the sequels, The Heart Forger and The Shadow Glass.
Sam doesn't feel particularly welcome in her new home in Salem, Massachusetts: she's related to Cotton Mather, who was responsible for the Salem Witch Trials, and a group of girls who call themselves the Descendants — of the women who were accused — are set on giving her no end of trouble. On top of everything, an angry ghost wants Sam to stop touching his things. But when Sam realizes that she's at the center of a curse that affects people with ties to the trials, she'll need to work with both the ghost and the Descendants... before history repeats itself. Full of twists and turns and a deep narrative that explores everything from bullying to destiny, teens will devour this spooky, atmospheric novel.