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Molly Ostertag

Author of The Witch Boy

24+ Works 2,873 Members 138 Reviews 3 Favorited

About the Author

Image credit: Cartoonist and writer Molly Knox Ostertag greets a fan at the 2019 Texas Book Festival in Austin, Texas, United States. By Larry D. Moore, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=83426355

Series

Works by Molly Ostertag

The Witch Boy (2017) 887 copies
The Girl from the Sea (2021) 708 copies
The Hidden Witch (2018) 390 copies
The Midwinter Witch (2019) 308 copies
Strong Female Protagonist Book One (2014) — Illustrator — 300 copies
Shattered Warrior (2017) — Illustrator — 138 copies
Dungeon Club: Roll Call (2022) 81 copies
Go! Field Guide: Sharks (2019) 20 copies
La sorcière secrète (2019) 3 copies
Bacchanalia 2 copies
Alleycat 2 copies

Associated Works

This Is Our Rainbow: 16 Stories of Her, Him, Them, and Us (2021) — Contributor — 137 copies
Chainmail Bikini: The Anthology of Women Gamers (2015) — Contributor — 106 copies
Peanuts: A Tribute to Charles M. Schulz (2015) — Contributor — 47 copies
Then It Was Dark (2015) — Contributor — 7 copies

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Common Knowledge

Birthdate
1991
Gender
female
Nationality
USA
Relationships
Stevenson, ND (spouse)

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Reviews

Lovely art and a lovely story; characters that I got attached to (and even the ones I didn't like were interesting and well-developed, even sympathetic) and a storyline that left me feeling good after an adventurous ride with them. And looking forward to the sequel, which wasn't out yet when I first read it!
 
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Kalira | 39 other reviews | May 16, 2024 |
High drama, angst and emotions, lovely art, very real characters, and a deadly dangerous dystopia of a world post-conquering. . .

The story drops the reader into the middle and you pick up history and context along the way, done very smoothly. As are the changing allegiances and relationships between the characters. Consequences lurk around every corner, but as the characters themselves voice repeatedly, everything is dangerous in this world. The ending is open, but hopeful and not unsatisfying.… (more)
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Kalira | 11 other reviews | May 14, 2024 |
Jess (who is half Diné, living alone with her father after her mother left them) has a tough time making friends. She and Olivia, her best (and only) friend, bonded over their mutual love of roleplaying. Jess has created a lone-wolf D&D character named Sir Corius, who goes on solo adventures while Olivia acts as Dungeon Master.

Jess is happy with the way things are, but Olivia seems intent on shaking things up, going so far as to create a D&D club where anyone could join her and Jess's game. She's also considering running for student council, which would make it tough for her to find the time to continue acting as Jess's DM. Jealousy and hurt feelings abound.

This reminded me very much of Jasmine Walls' The Last Session, except that one starred college students instead of middle schoolers, and this one was maybe higher on the "hurt feelings" percentage. In both works, D&D offered the characters a way to work through their issues with each other and learn to appreciate newcomers to their established groups.

I loved the artwork and thought Olivia's plans and ideas were pretty clever. All in all, this was a good read.

Extras:

Some character designs and concept art (all squeezed onto one page, so super tiny), and a page showing how the graphic novel went from script to final art.

(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)
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Familiar_Diversions | 2 other reviews | Apr 7, 2024 |
Una buena secuela de Witch Boy donde profundiza en la identidad y en el amor de las amistades. La capacidad para abrirnos. Me gusta como Molly es capaz de dar mensajes tan wholesome de una manera tan sencilla y eficaz.
 
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Cabask | 16 other reviews | Mar 27, 2024 |

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Works
24
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Members
2,873
Popularity
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Rating
4.1
Reviews
138
ISBNs
61
Languages
5
Favorited
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