By Kat Leyh
It’s no secret that the world can be a dark and scary place, especially for kids, who are so often left with more questions than answers. Parents looking for a graphic novel that tackles big issues with heart and humor, will find it in this eccentric coming-of-age tale following eponymous heroine Snapdragon Bloom. Snapdragon feels like a bit of an outcast—she lives in a trailer park with her loving single mother and their three-legged dog—and she’s dealing with the daily anxiety and discomfort of trying to find her place in a world that doesn’t quite fit. But when Snapdragon becomes the assistant to her town’s rumored witch, a woman named Jacks—they care for baby possums and learn about the animal world— and makes friends with Lu, a trans girl in her class, Snapdragon begins to discover that there is no one way to be. Messages of inclusivity and embracing all that makes us uniquely magical will inspire kids of all ages.
Kat Leyh’s Snapdragon is a magical realist graphic novel about a young girl who befriends her town’s witch and discovers the strange magic within herself.
Snap’s town had a witch.
At least, that’s how the rumor goes. But in reality, Jacks is just a crocks-wearing, internet-savvy old lady who sells roadkill skeletons online—after doing a little ritual to put their spirits to rest. It’s creepy, sure, but Snap thinks it’s kind of cool, too.
They make a deal: Jacks will teach Snap how to take care of the baby opossums that Snap rescued, and Snap will help Jacks with her work. But as Snap starts to get to know Jacks, she realizes that Jacks may in fact have real magic—and a connection with Snap’s family’s past.