The weather has finally cooled down, and that has Shanel thinking about all things spooky! Some of her favorite books include tales about witches. Take a look!
1). Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno:
This book has been my absolute favorite book of 2018 so far, and I doubt I'll find another like it this year! Georgina comes from a long line of magical women from By-the-Sea, the tiny island off the coast of New England where Georgina's family owns the inn. Every summer the inn and island are crowded with ornithologists who clamber to get a glimpse of the allegedly 300 year old bird that visits each summer. This summer is special. Georgina is waiting for her magical gifts to reveal themselves before 18th birthday, a cute girl has booked a room at the inn, and an unexpected tragedy hits.
2). Dreadful Young Ladies and Other Stories by Kelly Barnhill:
This short story collection is filled with tales of magical realism and fantasy including casts of ghosts, witches, insects, automatons, and more. Themes of death, grief, jealousy, love, and fear are woven throughout. Many of the stories focus on the magic and power given and taken away by society. It’s a wonderful collection of stories for fans of Neil Gaiman and the delightfully bizarre.
3). Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women and Witchcraft edited by Tess Sharpe and Jessica Spotswood:
This anthology is an almost perfect collection of stories about all sorts of witches! Historical, contemporary, futuristic, realistic, fantastical settings with witches who are young, old, diverse in race, sexuality, religion, culture, location, socioeconomic class, and more. The collection has some of young adult’s most famous authors, and each add a fantastic element to the witchy book.
4). The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw:
Many years ago in the town of Sparrow, three sisters were executed for witchcraft. Every year in the summer, the sisters return through possessing the body of a teenage girl and pull boys from the town into the depths of the sea with them. Penny Talbot lives on an island off the coast of Sparrow, and is desperately trying to protect an island newcomer, Bo, from the terror of the summer. If you’re looking for a suspenseful and creepy witchy book, this one is for you!
5). The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman:
In Alice Hoffman’s prequel to Practical Magic, the focus is on the aunts, Franny and Jet. The two are in New York City in the 1950s and 60s attempting to navigate the social changes around them as well as the curse set on the family in the 1600s. None in the family can escape love, despite the warnings of the Owens matriarchs, and each must attempt to defy fate. It was wonderful to return to the Owens family and learn more about everyone’s favorite witchy aunties. This magical realism tale felt like coming home.
6). The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox:
This book will be published October 2, and I was lucky enough to receive an advanced review copy. After a family scandal, the Montrose family must retreat to rural Massachusetts in 1821. They are hoping for a calm and quiet home after their turbulent lives in Boston. However, something else is present in their new home of Willow Hall. This is especially true for Lydia, who possesses a power even she does not yet understand. I’m not quite finished with this one yet, but from what I’ve read, it’s a dark and twisty tale perfect for fans of historical fiction and gothic tales.
--Shanel Slater, Teen Services Specialist