Witchy Fiction

By Skokie Staff Advisory Services

We’ve conjured up some of our favorite fiction featuring magic and witches. Mostly for adults, with a few for kids and teens.

  • The Marvellers

    2022 by Clayton, Dhonielle

    Conjuror Ella is a great character, with all her determination to get to the bottom of strange happenings during her first year at Arcanum Training Institute, where she's the only Conjuror to attend among the Marvellers. This is definitely one of my top middle-school book picks. Suggested by Sharon.

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  • The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches

    2022 by Mandanna, Sangu

    The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches follows a witch who unexpectedly becomes the magical tutor of three young witches in the British countryside. This cozy romance explores found family and will leave readers with a sense of hope. Suggested by Amber H.

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  • Not the Witch You Wed: A Supernatural Singles Novel

    2022 by Asher, April

    A witch without her magic and a wolf shifter agree to a fake relationship--a premise I can get behind. I loved the characters, and that the author used familiar tropes in a refreshing way, always keeping things light and steamy. Suggested by Sharon.

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  • Cemetery Boys

    2020 by Thomas, Aiden

    We had a lot of fun reading this book with an amazing cast of characters, a celebration of Latinx culture, acceptance, identity, and the various types of love, with a central mystery at its core. Suggested by Rummanah and Sharon.

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  • The Witchery

    2022 by Isabelle, S.

    Six teens use witchery and myth to try to reverse a town’s legacy in this creepy, suspenseful, and fast-paced debut novel. Suggested by Rummanah.

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  • The Montague Twins

    2020 by Page, Nathan

    If you added mystery, the weird setting of Stranger Things but in the 1960s, and a dash of Supernatural to a graphic novel, you would get the highly enjoyable The Witch's Hand, where secrets, magic, and witches surround the town. Suggested by Rummanah.

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  • Witchlings

    2022 by Ortega, Claribel A.

    A middle-grade, coming-of-age, coming-into-your-powers story that has wonderful messages about friendship and classism. It follows the adventures of 12-year-old Seven Salazar who can’t wait to become a full-fledged witch. However, the fateful coven sorting ceremony designates Seven as a Spare. Rather than becoming magicless, she invokes a rarely used clause--to be assigned an Impossible Task with two other Spares. If successful, they can form their own coven. Suggested by Sharon.

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  • Bait and Witch

    2021 by Sanders, Angela M.

    Librarian Josie Way starts her new job at a small library in Oregon and soon discovers that she has magical powers and a special connection to the library’s collection, enabling her to always recommend the perfect titles for her patrons and also solve mysteries. It’s all very cozy sleuthing and an amusing twist on readers' advice. Suggested by Sharon.

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  • The Last Fallen Star

    2021 by Kim, Graci

    After a spell goes wrong, Riley Oh embarks on a quest to save her beloved sister. In the process, she discovers her history, identity, and powers. Debut author Graci Kim, working with the Rick Riordan Presents imprint, deftly blends Korean-inspired mythology, secret witch clans, imaginary beasts, ghosts, and goddesses to create an exciting magical world that enchanted me from beginning to end. Suggested by Sharon.

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  • The Witch's Heart

    2021 by Gornichec, Genevieve

    Gornichec breathes life into Angrboda, who, despite having the gift of sight and seeing visions of Ragnarök, is often only known as Loki's wife and mother of monsters. In this engaging fantasy, Gornichec explores the complexities of motherhood. Suggested by Rummanah.

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  • Cackle

    2021 by Harrison, Rachel

    If you judge this book by its cover, it might look like it is just for spooky season, but it's definitely more than that. If you love a feminist witch story any time of the year, this one is for you. Suggested by Becca.

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  • Witches of Brooklyn

    2020 by Escabasse, Sophie

    A delightful graphic novel series starter that features great friendships and relatable and eccentric characters (who may also be able to do magic). Suggested by Rummanah.

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  • Circe

    2018 by Miller, Madeline

    Miller subverts one of the most infamous villains of Homer's The Odyssey and provides Circe with a fascinating coming-of-age story where she evolves from a quivering nymph to a formidable witch, putting her witchcraft into perspective. This novel and its powerful central character stay with you long after you're finished. Suggested by Sharon and Rummanah.

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  • Mooncakes

    2019 by Walker, Suzanne

    This is a charming and wholesome graphic novel with an adorable love story, sweet friendship and family dynamics, and representation across almost every spectrum. This is a story that champions everyone and will warm your heart. Suggested by Leslie.

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  • The Bear and the Nightingale

    2017 by Arden, Katherine

    Combining history, mythology, and fairy tale, this story takes place during medieval Russia where women had very few choices. Vasya is in the center of the clash between mortal and magical Russia. It's the first installment in the Winternight Trilogy, and you’ll want to find out what is next for the brave, intuitive Vasya. Suggested by Sharon and Rummanah.

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  • Akata Witch

    2011 by Okorafor, Nnedi

    This novel is a breath of fresh air, with its focus on non-western magic and the African diaspora. It’s often compared to Harry Potter, but this novel stands on its own with its original world building and well-crafted magical system. Suggested by Leslie.

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  • Payback's a Witch

    2021 by Harper, Lana

    A delightful rom-com about a witch who returns to her hometown to compete in the Gauntlet, a once-in-a-generation spell-casting tournament among the four magic families in Thistle Grove. Publisher's Weekly described it perfectly as, "Combining John Tucker Must Die with a helping of an adult Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and a dash of Charmed." You're sure to fall under the spell of this delightful new series. Suggested by Becca.

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  • The Ex Hex

    2021 by Sterling, Erin

    Erin Sterling, the pen name of author Rachel Hawkins (The Wife Upstairs, Royals), has written a supernatural romance with just the right balance of curses, suspense, magic and second chances. Suggested by Becca.

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  • The Witch Boy

    2017 by Ostertag, Molly

    A sweet, colorful, and lively graphic novel that comments on gender roles in addition to being a fast-paced story of forbidden magic and family secrets. Suggested by Rummanah.

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  • Winterwood

    2019 by Ernshaw, Shea

    With its gorgeous atmospheric prose and connection to natural elements, this is the slow-burn mystery for all of your witchy winter vibes. Suggested by Leslie.

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  • The Okay Witch

    2019 by Steinkellner, Emma

    A delightful graphic novel full of mystery, magic, and friendship. Readers will love Moth and want more of her adventures. Suggested by Rummanah.

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  • Witch Please

    2021 by Aguirre, Ann

    Danica Waterhouse has sworn off serious relationships, especially with any non-witches. But then she meets Titus Winnaker, owner of a popular local bakery, who's been unlucky in love his entire life. The attraction is undeniable--and he thinks she’s the one. This is the first book in the Fix-It Witches series. If you’re looking for a banter-filled steamy, paranormal rom-com, this is for you. Suggested by Sharon.

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  • Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

    2016 by Aguirre-Sacasa, Roberto

    Building on the tropes of teen horror comics, this is far from the sweet, family-friendly sitcom of Melissa Joan Hart's Sabrina the Teenage Witch. This graphic novel balances suspense, horror, and wit that longtime fans of dark graphic novels and fans of the Netflix show will adore. Suggested by Rummanah.

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  • Eva Evergreen, Semi-Magical Witch

    2020 by Abe, Julie

    A delightful fantasy in which Eva Evergreen must discover her own strength on a quest to become an official witch. Filled with endearing characters, this book has strong messages of believing in yourself, working hard, and being okay with your imperfections. Recommended for fans of Miyazaki's films, like Kiki's Delivery Service. Suggested by Rummanah and Sharon.

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  • Witch Hat Atelier

    2019 by Shirahama, Kamome

    A charming manga featuring a witch apprentice and a world where magic spells are cast not with words but with drawings and a special ink. Suggested by Rummanah.

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  • Spell on Wheels

    2017 by Leth, Kate

    A fun road-trip romp as three diverse witches travel to the East Coast to retrieve their stolen magical possessions. Suggested by Rummanah.

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  • The Great Witches Baking Show

    2020 by Warren, Nancy

    It’s The Great British Baking Show if Paul Hollywood, Mary Berry, and one of the contestants were witches and there happened to be a murder every week. Each book represents one episode and they're everything you could ask for in a supernatural cozy mystery. Suggested by Becca.

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  • Betwixt

    2021 by Jones, Darynda

    Darynda Jones brings her trademark humor, a toe-curling romance, and mystery to this witch-centered series. Suggested by Rummanah.

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