Over My Dead Body

HarperAlley. Aug. 2022. 240p. Tr $24.99. ISBN 9780063056312. pap. $17.99. ISBN 9780063056305.
Gr 8 Up–Abigail, a student at the Younwity Hidden Institute for Witchcraft, has woken up late for the morning’s assembly. Upon arrival, she finds that one of her closest friends, Noreen, has vanished overnight, having last been seen heading into the Untamed Woods. While most students are able to leave the search in the hands of The Coven, the united group of teachers at the school, Abby knows she must intervene. Abigail works together with her friends Goldie, Enver, and Violet to try and solve this magical mystery—only to find that it goes deeper and has similar circumstances to the last time a student went missing. Award-winning French Canadian author and illustrator Boo uses a full palette of colors to show off her unique digital illustrative style, a strong comparison to modern animation. She puts the cast of characters to the forefront here, allowing both her expertly written dialogue and the vibrant diversity of the students to give off the true magic of this tale, rising over even the spells and rituals they perform.
VERDICT This graphic novel about a witchy school will resonate with fans of spooky season and is a great story about the power of friendship helping to solve a mystery. A wonderful addition to Halloween collections that will continue to be checked out long after the season is over.

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