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There's a new witch in town! Life in Brooklyn takes a strange turn when Effie discovers MAGIC runs in the family. A middle-grade graphic novel adventure filled with magical hjinks for fans of Phoebe and Her Unicorn and Making Friends . Effie lost her mom. Lost her home. And now she has to live with two strange aunts who she's never There's a new witch in town! Life in Brooklyn takes a strange turn when Effie discovers MAGIC runs in the family. A middle-grade graphic novel adventure filled with magical hjinks for fans of Phoebe and Her Unicorn and Making Friends . Effie lost her mom. Lost her home. And now she has to live with two strange aunts who she's never met before. Life in Brooklyn takes a strange twist for Effie as she learns more about her family and herself. With new friends who will do whatever they can to be there for her, a cursed pop-star, and her new magically-inclined family -- Effie's life is about to get interesting.


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There's a new witch in town! Life in Brooklyn takes a strange turn when Effie discovers MAGIC runs in the family. A middle-grade graphic novel adventure filled with magical hjinks for fans of Phoebe and Her Unicorn and Making Friends . Effie lost her mom. Lost her home. And now she has to live with two strange aunts who she's never There's a new witch in town! Life in Brooklyn takes a strange turn when Effie discovers MAGIC runs in the family. A middle-grade graphic novel adventure filled with magical hjinks for fans of Phoebe and Her Unicorn and Making Friends . Effie lost her mom. Lost her home. And now she has to live with two strange aunts who she's never met before. Life in Brooklyn takes a strange twist for Effie as she learns more about her family and herself. With new friends who will do whatever they can to be there for her, a cursed pop-star, and her new magically-inclined family -- Effie's life is about to get interesting.

30 review for The Witches of Brooklyn

  1. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl Gladfelter

    Effie shows up on her aunt's doorstep one night. Her mom has recently died and Selimene is her closest relative. They've never met, and Selimene is old enough to be her grandmother instead of her aunt. It takes some time to warm up to her and her partner Carlota. They work as herbalists and acupuncturists, until Effie learns what they really are when Effie's pop idol Tily Shoo arrives needing help. It turns out they are both witches! Does Effie have the same affinity for magic that they do? I sav Effie shows up on her aunt's doorstep one night. Her mom has recently died and Selimene is her closest relative. They've never met, and Selimene is old enough to be her grandmother instead of her aunt. It takes some time to warm up to her and her partner Carlota. They work as herbalists and acupuncturists, until Effie learns what they really are when Effie's pop idol Tily Shoo arrives needing help. It turns out they are both witches! Does Effie have the same affinity for magic that they do? I savored reading this book. Effie becomes friends with two kids in her class, one of which also lost his parents. Their friendship is a lovely part of the story, and I hope future books give more information about them. Effie is a strong character who when faced with something unsettling, confides in Selimene right away (I always appreciate when kids can trust adults with their problems). Sophie Escabasse does a great job of paneling middle grade excitement (Effie's word bubbles will go across other characters and what they're saying). The art is also really beautiful. I thought the floor diagrams of Selimene and Carlota's house was a nice touch. When the end of the book came I was disappointed because I wanted to spend more time in Effie's world. I think readers who enjoy realistic graphic novels with a tiny twist of magic will love Witches of Brooklyn.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lata

    Effie has a lot of changes to deal with when she has to move in with a pair of aunts she’s never met, start a new school, make new friends, and discover she’s a witch! But her two aunts are also witches, and between their knowledge, guidance and kindness, Effie is in good hands. When a music star comes to Carlotta and Selimene for help breaking what looks like a curse, Effie gets to help. The story is cute, and the artwork has tremendous energy and charm, much like Selimene, Carlotta and Effie. I Effie has a lot of changes to deal with when she has to move in with a pair of aunts she’s never met, start a new school, make new friends, and discover she’s a witch! But her two aunts are also witches, and between their knowledge, guidance and kindness, Effie is in good hands. When a music star comes to Carlotta and Selimene for help breaking what looks like a curse, Effie gets to help. The story is cute, and the artwork has tremendous energy and charm, much like Selimene, Carlotta and Effie. I wonder what new trials and adventures await Effie as she learns more about being a witch.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lorraine

    Effie is sent to live with her much older aunt, Selimene after the death of her mother. Selimene is her closest living relative and at first she does not want a kid living with her! Her friend, Carlota is much more easy going and welcomes Effie. Eventually Selimene warms up to her and Effie settles into her new life in Brooklyn. She starts school and makes 2 friends, Oliver and Berrit. Oliver just lost his parents too, so Effie has that in common with him. Selimene and Carlota say that they are a Effie is sent to live with her much older aunt, Selimene after the death of her mother. Selimene is her closest living relative and at first she does not want a kid living with her! Her friend, Carlota is much more easy going and welcomes Effie. Eventually Selimene warms up to her and Effie settles into her new life in Brooklyn. She starts school and makes 2 friends, Oliver and Berrit. Oliver just lost his parents too, so Effie has that in common with him. Selimene and Carlota say that they are acupuncturists and herbalists, but some things seems odd about what they do. When a famous pop star comes to them with a rare skin discoloration, Effie learns the truth - they are both witches and she soon discovers that she is a witch too! This book was really entertaining. The difference in personalities between Selimene and Carlota is funny. Effie is a good kid. She had no idea about her powers and it was fun watching her discover them. I loved the art work. It really brought the story and the spells to life! This is a fun book that I really think kids will enjoy.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jill Kenna

    Thank you to NetGalley for a free review copy of this book! This is a super cute graphic novel following Effie, who's just coming into her powers as a witch. After losing her mom, she's sent to live with two aunts that she's never met before and slowly they help her deal with her grief as well as her burgeoning powers. This book is very cute and I love how the aunts are with Effie. They give her her space but still help her deal with everything without smothering her. Overall, really great graphi Thank you to NetGalley for a free review copy of this book! This is a super cute graphic novel following Effie, who's just coming into her powers as a witch. After losing her mom, she's sent to live with two aunts that she's never met before and slowly they help her deal with her grief as well as her burgeoning powers. This book is very cute and I love how the aunts are with Effie. They give her her space but still help her deal with everything without smothering her. Overall, really great graphic novel.

  5. 5 out of 5

    ev ♡

    one of the best graphic novels i have ever read, hands down !! first of all, it had one of my most favorite drawing styles ever; i couldn't get enough of the amazing illustrations and the pretty colors. the plot itself was really nice and unique. but what i love the most, were the characters. usually, characters outside of the main protagonists tend to be underdeveloped and rather flat in graphic novels. HOWEVER, the author managed to create so unique and interesting characters that I fell in lov one of the best graphic novels i have ever read, hands down !! first of all, it had one of my most favorite drawing styles ever; i couldn't get enough of the amazing illustrations and the pretty colors. the plot itself was really nice and unique. but what i love the most, were the characters. usually, characters outside of the main protagonists tend to be underdeveloped and rather flat in graphic novels. HOWEVER, the author managed to create so unique and interesting characters that I fell in love with every single one of them. my personal favorite was aunt selimene! i couldn't stop laughing with all her savage moments. plz read this novel, it deserves so much more hype!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Abby Johnson

    After the death of her mom, Effie lands with her aunt Silomene in a wacky old house in Brooklyn and soon after she arrives, she learns that she has latent magical powers that are starting to bloom now that she's surrounded by magic. This likeable fantasy graphic novel will appeal to readers who love stories of tween witches and I'd hand it to fans of The Okay Witch. I loved both of them! After the death of her mom, Effie lands with her aunt Silomene in a wacky old house in Brooklyn and soon after she arrives, she learns that she has latent magical powers that are starting to bloom now that she's surrounded by magic. This likeable fantasy graphic novel will appeal to readers who love stories of tween witches and I'd hand it to fans of The Okay Witch. I loved both of them!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

    Completely enjoyable! This charming discovery of self story is wonderfully done with a light touch, plenty of humor and considerable skill in both text and illustrations. There is much conveyed here with subtlety of expression and there are a lot of interesting rabbit holes waiting to be peeked into in the next installment. Loved the aunts, especially Selimene and her fashion sense. Effie is a character readers will root for and sympathize with and I really appreciated the group effort that was Completely enjoyable! This charming discovery of self story is wonderfully done with a light touch, plenty of humor and considerable skill in both text and illustrations. There is much conveyed here with subtlety of expression and there are a lot of interesting rabbit holes waiting to be peeked into in the next installment. Loved the aunts, especially Selimene and her fashion sense. Effie is a character readers will root for and sympathize with and I really appreciated the group effort that was required to solve the central problem. Some nicely done social commentary eased into the story line too. Terrific fun! I will eagerly read the next installment.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Amanda M (The Curly Reader)

    This is such a cute fun middle grade graphic novel. I love that there is no romantic elements to this. Instead there is discussion about when artists/celebrities let you down. How sometimes we can love the art and not the artist and sometimes it's ok to allow the artist to effect how we feel about their art. It such a great message for kids wrapped in this fun package of a full-color graphic novel about witches. I also appreciate that the witches in this particular novel have chosen to be helpfu This is such a cute fun middle grade graphic novel. I love that there is no romantic elements to this. Instead there is discussion about when artists/celebrities let you down. How sometimes we can love the art and not the artist and sometimes it's ok to allow the artist to effect how we feel about their art. It such a great message for kids wrapped in this fun package of a full-color graphic novel about witches. I also appreciate that the witches in this particular novel have chosen to be helpful/good witches. Overall a great story with relevant themes for a middle grade audience.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Molly Ferguson

    I bought this for my 9 year old for Christmas and wanted to read it myself because the illustrations were just so inviting. I loved the fact that older women were main characters, and that they are so cute and witty. My 9 year old was expecting it to be more about witchcraft, but I thought it had enough witchy stuff in it. I wish we had gotten to know more about Effie's past. Cute book! I bought this for my 9 year old for Christmas and wanted to read it myself because the illustrations were just so inviting. I loved the fact that older women were main characters, and that they are so cute and witty. My 9 year old was expecting it to be more about witchcraft, but I thought it had enough witchy stuff in it. I wish we had gotten to know more about Effie's past. Cute book!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Mehsi

    A girl comes to live with her aunt, discovers she is a witch, that they are witches, and so many adventures will start. I bumped against this book and was instantly curious about it. It is almost Halloween so I just love a good book about witches. And this one sounded adorable and I definitely would like more Effie and her aunts. In this one Effie becomes an orphan and starts living with her eccentric (but oh so fun) aunt and her friend. At first it is all bumpy but I just loved seeing how everyon A girl comes to live with her aunt, discovers she is a witch, that they are witches, and so many adventures will start. I bumped against this book and was instantly curious about it. It is almost Halloween so I just love a good book about witches. And this one sounded adorable and I definitely would like more Effie and her aunts. In this one Effie becomes an orphan and starts living with her eccentric (but oh so fun) aunt and her friend. At first it is all bumpy but I just loved seeing how everyone started to get together more and more. How Effie and the aunts (I will just call them both that) got closer. I loved how they took care of Effie. And how when they find out she has powers they help her. Train her. Include her. They don’t mind that she is young, she is one of them. That was really fun. Effie’s power (at least the one we saw) was fabulous… though I can only imagine that until she learns to control it, things won’t be easy. Until then best not to be in the neighbourhood of paintings or other art with dangerous animals or things. 😛 The other main focus of this book is Tilly, a popular singer who has a big problem. While I did like the problem and what the witches (and Effie) were trying to do and figure out how to help, I wasn’t a fan of Tilly. I loved how Effie quickly made friends in school. Tilly’s cook, Martin? I loved that guy and I loved seeing all that he could cook and bake. I would love to see him pursue a career as cook. Tilly was the most vain and horrible character I have seen in a while. Constantly thinking about her appearances, being a total diva, having tantrums when things don’t work out for her, being a bully to people who are around her and try to help her. HOLY WOW. I am kind of happy she got that face of hers because maybe she will learn something from it. I am not sure she did though. I felt the solution and how it was solved was just too quick, too fast. I mean wasn’t she supposed to find her way? To show some personal self-improvement? Singing one song is enough? Wow. sighs I am sorry, but I couldn’t help but laughing at the font at times. It was just so much like the Disney font, but often used when people were having an argument. No princesses and cuteness here, so I just laughed. The art was fabulous, I really love the style. Plus, bonus points for the added floor plans! I would definitely like more books in this series! And I would recommend this one to all. Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com/

  11. 5 out of 5

    Tammy

    Cute story and illustrations.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Vikki VanSickle

    More sweet than spooky, this first book in a new middle grade graphic novel series is a lighthearted story about found family, friends, and learning to be a witch. Warm, bright, and promising start to a new series!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Young orphaned Effie is initially bummed at finding herself on the doorstep of her eccentric maiden aunts. But once she discovers that they are practicing witches, and she might be one also, things get a lot more interesting. Throw in a cute tiny dog named Lion, a taking suit of armor librarian named Francis and a cursed pop star and you have the ingredients for a delightful new GN series. I was especially taken with the perfectly articulated art vs. the artist statement snuck in by author/artis Young orphaned Effie is initially bummed at finding herself on the doorstep of her eccentric maiden aunts. But once she discovers that they are practicing witches, and she might be one also, things get a lot more interesting. Throw in a cute tiny dog named Lion, a taking suit of armor librarian named Francis and a cursed pop star and you have the ingredients for a delightful new GN series. I was especially taken with the perfectly articulated art vs. the artist statement snuck in by author/artist Escabasse. Necessary and much needed. For a similar take on neighborhood witches and witchery for perhaps a slightly older audience, try the fabulously executed Snapdragon.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Loz

    Really charmed by this! Loved the magic, the characters, the story, and the art. Good stuff!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tyra

    Just finished this and literally screamed: "That was so cute! I can't wait to keep reading!" So yeah, those are my thoughts. I loved this! Just finished this and literally screamed: "That was so cute! I can't wait to keep reading!" So yeah, those are my thoughts. I loved this!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    *Huge thank you to Random House Graphic for an ARC in exchange for an honest review* ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ When Effie comes to stay at her aunt’s house, she quickly realizes that things are not as they seem. While Carlota and Selimene say they are simple naturalists, Effie can see they’re actually witches! When a celebrity needs her aunt’s help, Effie does all she can to assist them and in the process, learns about herself. So here we are again, with gays, witches, and adventures. Reading these books is my favori *Huge thank you to Random House Graphic for an ARC in exchange for an honest review* ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ When Effie comes to stay at her aunt’s house, she quickly realizes that things are not as they seem. While Carlota and Selimene say they are simple naturalists, Effie can see they’re actually witches! When a celebrity needs her aunt’s help, Effie does all she can to assist them and in the process, learns about herself. So here we are again, with gays, witches, and adventures. Reading these books is my favorite part of this profession, and it will NEVER get old. So let’s dive right in! First, there’s the art. It’s beautiful, simple, a little quirky, and overall a treat for the ole eyeballs. I love the design of each character and how no two characters look anywhere similar to each other. It has a diverse group of people who come together to fight a common evil. I particularly love Effie’s pigtails and Selimene’s fashion choices. Both made me snort at random times throughout the story. I loved that the plot wasn’t too intense as it made for an overall enjoyable, relaxing read. To choose one favorite character would be difficult, but man I gotta give it to Francis, the librarian, who is in fact, an enchanted suit of armor. His dry, witty humor made me cackle everytime, and he broke up any tension that the book may have been giving off. The story itself touched upon some really delicate topics like loss and love, but also the more grey areas of life like when you don’t like someone but like their art, and so on. The book doesn’t give a definitive answer to these problems, but rather shows parents and/or guardians how they could handle those difficult, grey area situations in the best way possible. I loved that about this book. As a child, I would find this comforting, and as an adult, I find this relieving to know that there are books out there who show that parents/guardians don’t have to have the answer to every question. Such a wonderful little book, one that I will treasure when it’s time for me to have my own children.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Theediscerning

    A decent series opener, that brings the world of this trilogy to life and also provides some small entertainment – I would hope the other adventures were of a slightly larger scale now that the characters have been defined and everything has been set up by these pages. Our heroine has just lost the second of her parents, and been forced to live with an aunt and her friend in their three-floor New York home. Little does she know they're actually witches, and even less than little does she know th A decent series opener, that brings the world of this trilogy to life and also provides some small entertainment – I would hope the other adventures were of a slightly larger scale now that the characters have been defined and everything has been set up by these pages. Our heroine has just lost the second of her parents, and been forced to live with an aunt and her friend in their three-floor New York home. Little does she know they're actually witches, and even less than little does she know that she's one too. So when problem comes a-calling late at night, it will take all three to try and solve their first case together. Here we get the girl and her new best friends, and her aunts, and what magic exists in this world. For Effie it's the bizarre ability to get things in paintings to come to life, but it might be more. Even the ability to say the right thing, and to think the right thought of someone, is a bit of a power in this story. So the piece does spend perhaps too much time in retrospect letting us get to know who's who and what's what, only to swap that out for an easy and slightly sanctimonious resolution, but the young reader of this will not object to that too much. Effie is a nicely immediate character, everyone here is quite likeable, and for the target audience this is a success.

  18. 5 out of 5

    BAYA Librarian

    After her mother’s passing, Effie is sent to live with her Aunt Selimene and Aunt Carlota in Brooklyn. She navigates her life and meets new friends, Oliver and Berrit. After a few mysterious events, including manifesting a snake to appear around a student who bullied Oliver, Effie learns that she, along with her aunts, is a witch. Effie’s favorite singer and her entourage appear at their house one evening in need of a magical solution from a beauty ointment experiment gone wrong. She learns the After her mother’s passing, Effie is sent to live with her Aunt Selimene and Aunt Carlota in Brooklyn. She navigates her life and meets new friends, Oliver and Berrit. After a few mysterious events, including manifesting a snake to appear around a student who bullied Oliver, Effie learns that she, along with her aunts, is a witch. Effie’s favorite singer and her entourage appear at their house one evening in need of a magical solution from a beauty ointment experiment gone wrong. She learns the singer’s public persona differs from her private identity and struggles with the revelation. In the end, Effie proves her witch prowess by figuring out a solution for the singer. This graphic novel written and illustrated by Escabasse was an unexpected delight. Escabasse includes the author includes fully developed, diverse background characters. She simplifies concepts, like democracy, the idea of separating an artist from her art (and how the choice of continuing to like the artist or not is up to the consumer of the art), and the agency to own one’s feelings without shame. Additionally, she portrays Aunt Selimene and Aunt as two caring adults in Effie’s life who help her navigate her conflicting feelings without belittling them or dismissing them. Escabasse makes these concepts accessible and easy to understand for middle school readers who are just starting to be exposed to these abstract ideas. The depth and sensitivity Escabasse creates within her story makes this an excellent choice for pre-teens.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Brooklyn || The Wild Library

    So fun! I LOVED the humour from Effie's aunties (ps: yay older queer representation!). The characterization was SO GOOD- for everyone in the story! You can definitely tell that each character was very well thought out, and yet the author was able to portray their personalities in the most nuanced way without it feeling forced. The magic was great, and CAN WE TALK ABOUT THE POSSIBLE JK ROWLING CONTENT?!?! --> Okay so there's a passage in the book where Effie feels let down once she see's her favo So fun! I LOVED the humour from Effie's aunties (ps: yay older queer representation!). The characterization was SO GOOD- for everyone in the story! You can definitely tell that each character was very well thought out, and yet the author was able to portray their personalities in the most nuanced way without it feeling forced. The magic was great, and CAN WE TALK ABOUT THE POSSIBLE JK ROWLING CONTENT?!?! --> Okay so there's a passage in the book where Effie feels let down once she see's her favourite singer acting like, well, a dick. Effie says she will never be able to listen to Tilly's songs again. And then Aunt Selimene & Carlota give Effie this speech about how you can separate the artist from the work... and how the way Effie felt when she first heard Tilly's music will never go away because those are Effie's feelings, and she owns them- not Tilly. IS THIS NOT A PERFECT WAY TO SAY "HEY KIDS YOU CAN STILL ENJOY HARRY POTTER WHILE NOT LIKING JK ROWLING?!"

  20. 4 out of 5

    ellen

    This was a nostalgic read for me as I hail from the same neighborhood mentioned in the story. As a child, I also lived with my aunts and this story brought back the memories that I had of them as mystical, other-worldly beings as they were so educated, well-traveled, and subscribed to spiritualism. The artwork was gorgeous, and the details in the grids were stunning. Each character had a distinctive voice, and the story pace was just right. I liked that this debut series gave just enough of a ba This was a nostalgic read for me as I hail from the same neighborhood mentioned in the story. As a child, I also lived with my aunts and this story brought back the memories that I had of them as mystical, other-worldly beings as they were so educated, well-traveled, and subscribed to spiritualism. The artwork was gorgeous, and the details in the grids were stunning. Each character had a distinctive voice, and the story pace was just right. I liked that this debut series gave just enough of a background of the main character, which allows readers to really enjoy her journey and learn more about her aunts while she is in training to be a witch. Highly recommended for children and adults alike. This graphic novel didn't feel like a middle-grade read and is a great introduction to graphic novels for curious people.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Meghan

    This book was received as an ARC from Random House Children's - Random House Graphic in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. I knew there was something special about this graphic novel when I first opened the page. I knew from the get go that this was not going to be your typical graphic novel and my eyes were glued right to the page. I loved the concept from beginning to end and the illustrations were beautifully and brilliantly don This book was received as an ARC from Random House Children's - Random House Graphic in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. I knew there was something special about this graphic novel when I first opened the page. I knew from the get go that this was not going to be your typical graphic novel and my eyes were glued right to the page. I loved the concept from beginning to end and the illustrations were beautifully and brilliantly done. At first I did not know what to expect with the description but as I read and and viewed the pictures and dialogue, the story just got better and better. We will consider adding this title to our JGraphic novel collection at our library. That is why we give this book 5 stars.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Carissa

    I didn't love the whole "the kid's mom dies and so in the MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT some authorities show up unannounced on the doorstep of her long-lost great aunts' home and dump her off" aspect of this story at all. BUT... the two irascible witchy aunts are charming and I enjoyed the coming of age aspect of the story. The "superstar's face turns red" part of the story was entertaining too. I think perhaps I would have been able to buy the story set-up if it had been backstory (something that happen I didn't love the whole "the kid's mom dies and so in the MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT some authorities show up unannounced on the doorstep of her long-lost great aunts' home and dump her off" aspect of this story at all. BUT... the two irascible witchy aunts are charming and I enjoyed the coming of age aspect of the story. The "superstar's face turns red" part of the story was entertaining too. I think perhaps I would have been able to buy the story set-up if it had been backstory (something that happened years ago) instead of happening in real time in the story. The main character seems to pretty much just shrug off her trauma after the first few chapters.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Christy Broderick

    This book was just the cutest!! Thanks again to NetGalley and Random House Graphic for allowing me to read this ARC in exchange for feedback. This middle grade book was adorable and had humorous (and cute) Sabrina the Teenage Witch vibes. Effie goes to live with her two aunts and she doesn’t know anything about her magical abilities until after she’s lived with them for awhile. You get to see how Effie learns how to work her magic, plus figure out a solution to a pop star’s startling dilemma. An This book was just the cutest!! Thanks again to NetGalley and Random House Graphic for allowing me to read this ARC in exchange for feedback. This middle grade book was adorable and had humorous (and cute) Sabrina the Teenage Witch vibes. Effie goes to live with her two aunts and she doesn’t know anything about her magical abilities until after she’s lived with them for awhile. You get to see how Effie learns how to work her magic, plus figure out a solution to a pop star’s startling dilemma. Any age will enjoy this book and should add this to their graphic novel collection!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Courtney

    After the death of her mother, Effie is quickly whisked off to Brooklyn to live with her aunts - much to their shock when she’s brought to their doorstep in the middle of the night. New school, new friends... and new mysteries abound as Effie settles into her new life. Strange dreams seem to be leading her to a door that the aunts keep locked, and stranger still are the slips-of-tongue from her aunts when asked about their jobs as herbalists. When another middle-of-the-night arrival reveals her After the death of her mother, Effie is quickly whisked off to Brooklyn to live with her aunts - much to their shock when she’s brought to their doorstep in the middle of the night. New school, new friends... and new mysteries abound as Effie settles into her new life. Strange dreams seem to be leading her to a door that the aunts keep locked, and stranger still are the slips-of-tongue from her aunts when asked about their jobs as herbalists. When another middle-of-the-night arrival reveals her own strange gifts, Effie discovers a whole new aspect to the world she never would have thought possible. But will she be able to help her aunts break the curse on their latest client? ~*~*~*~*~ This was cute. Fairly standard kid discovering magic story, with friendship, family drama, and so on. The illustrations are cute, and I liked the character designs. I kind of love the one outfit we see the ‘manny’ (Archibald?) in, though I’m not too sure of jeans under a skirt. Definitely a neat look. I did like the one issue that was addressed by the story, since it’s not one I’ve seen much in any books. Effie meets a celebrity she admires, and has to come to terms with this person not being the kind of person she thought they were, and to decide how she is willing to let that effect her appreciation for and opinion of their work. It’s a good point to make, and one that is often relevant, especially these days as many similar stories come up in the media.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Fiona Mackie

    Selimene and Carlota are woken are woken at 1am by loud door knocking. Selimene’s niece, Effie, has been brought to live with them, after the death of her mother. She’s angry, scared, grieving, and at first, Selimene isn’t happy to have her either. Big changes are about to take place, for all of him. This was a delight to read and I think students from Y5-9 would enjoy it. I know some Y10s who would like it too. I’d like the next one now!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mindy

    Thank you Random House Children's and NetGalley for the opportunity to review this title. This was such a fun read! The illustrations were fantastic and I loved the theme of the story. It was funny, charming and had a lot of heart! Its beautiful and quirky and I enjoyed the diverse cast of characters. Thank you Random House Children's and NetGalley for the opportunity to review this title. This was such a fun read! The illustrations were fantastic and I loved the theme of the story. It was funny, charming and had a lot of heart! Its beautiful and quirky and I enjoyed the diverse cast of characters.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Hannah Galler

    This was such an adorable graphic novel! The two older aunts were fabulous and I loved how they worked with Effie to help her, even though she was just thrown into their care after her mom died. I sped through this at bedtime and now I cannot wait for the next one to come out! Will definitely be recommending this one.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Stephie

    I thought this book was absolutely adorable. I did not like the story arc at the end though. It felt disjointed. However, I do want to see where the story goes in further volumes and still recommend this to young readers who love magic! Thank you Netgalley for an e-arc for this book in exchange for an honest review.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tara Ethridge

    Another fabulous graphic novel to add to our collection! Effie winds up at the home of two aunts who happen to be witches and she soon discovers she also has the power. The two aunts are awesome in that one is super grumpy and the other super kind and Effie grows to love them both. A problem arises where a favorite pop singer needs help from the aunts and this is certain to be a hit with kids. I was curious about Effie’s life before the aunts and wonder if this will be explored deeper in further Another fabulous graphic novel to add to our collection! Effie winds up at the home of two aunts who happen to be witches and she soon discovers she also has the power. The two aunts are awesome in that one is super grumpy and the other super kind and Effie grows to love them both. A problem arises where a favorite pop singer needs help from the aunts and this is certain to be a hit with kids. I was curious about Effie’s life before the aunts and wonder if this will be explored deeper in further novels. The illustrations are downright gorgeous!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kaytalist

    Have you feel dissapointed over your role model? Do your family hide big secrets from you? Or do you need a fast, cute, lighearted, warm read to spazz in the weekend? Well this book maybe just fit for you. I love every single of it. The MC is lovely too. I need more. I want to read all books in this series🥰

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