“Snap’s town has 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.”
-Synopsis from Goodreads
This graphic novel really surprised me, in the best way. I mentioned in a previous post that I was looking for fun, witchy graphic novels for fall. Snapdragon by Kat Leyh was one that I ended up getting and it certainly delivered.
At first it didn’t seem like it was going to be very witchy; Jacks turns out to be a chill older woman (who is very cool, don’t get me wrong) and the main character, Snap (short for Snapdragon) takes an interest in her as a means of getting out of the house and finding something to do. The story really took off when the truth about Jacks’ identity and her life was revealed, and her surprising connection to Snap’s family.
I ended up loving this story so much! The second half of the book had all the spooky, witchy, autumn, Halloween vibes I was craving. It is definitely a seasonal read! Jacks’ teaches Snap about how she saves animals and gives them a second life. Hanging out with Jacks and helping her with her work gives Snap an outlet for her creativity, and sparks new interests for her in animals and anatomy.
We also get to see Snap make a new friend at school who shares her interests, something she thought wasn’t possible because she always felt like she was too different from everyone else. Snapdragon is full of quirky, Southern characters and witty dialogue. The diverse cast is very memorable, and it is LGBTQ-friendly, too!
If you are looking for a fun, middle-grade graphic novel with all the fall vibes, I can’t recommend this one enough. I hope there is a Volume 2 somewhere in the future!
Goodreads rating: Five stars