Aster and his family live in the woods, and for a good reason: they’re magical. The women learn witchery and the men learn to shapeshift. But Aster doesn’t feel like he’s a shapeshifter. He loves witchery and wants to learn it. However his family won’t let him. When a mysterious force starts taking all the boys from their family, Aster realizes he may be the only one who can save them. With the help of his new friend who believes in his magic, Charlie, Aster practices magic and learns spells in secret until he is ready to face the demon that is terrorizing his family.
I would highly recommend this book for anyone, not just children. The illustrations are what originally drew me to this book, but the story is amazing as well. It has so many wonderful lessons about life, family, and relationships. I love the fact that the main takeaway from this story is to let people be as they are. Aster knew that he was a witch at heart, even if no one else believed him. When he finally accepted who he was, he was able to help the family. It’s a wonderful lesson to instill in children, that being yourself is what’s most important.