In doing yesterday’s blog post about graphic novels (https://stillmorewords.com/2020/03/02/they-are-too-books-or-10-reasons-why-graphic-novels-are-good/), one of those I mentioned was this title – Snapdragon, by Kat Leyh. Which probably would never have caught my eye, except that I’m lucky enough to work with a gal at our store than LOVES her graphic novels, and she recommends great ones to order. And when she *reads* good ones, she is quick to write a shelf talker for them, and to let us know why they’re worth our time. This was one such book. The cover was intriguing, the synopsis had me curious…but, as is often the case, the shelf talker is what convinced me. I picked it up during one of my regularly scheduled shifts in the kids room, and ended up taking it home that night to finish. And I’m so glad I did. I mean, how do you go wrong with the opening of, “Our town has a witch. She fed her eye to the devil. She eats roadkill and casts spells with the bones…”? Answer? YOU DON’T.
Snapdragon is the main character of the story – yes, as in the flower. We’re first introduced to her as she’s heading to the witch’s house to find her missing dog, refusing to believe in all that witch nonsense, but nervous anyway. Her nerves make her “brash”, but she gets her dog…and when she finds a dead mama possum with live babies in her pouch, she heads back to the witch’s house for help – and strikes a bargain that will come to affect everyone around her…even the witch.
This book just…touched my heart in SO many different ways. Snap is impulsive, but caring – she’s got heart, and she’s not afraid to stand up for what she believes in. Her best friend in this small town has his own struggle – but Snap just knows they’re friends, and that’s what matters. Mix in some *old* and buried family history, a scary ex-boyfriend, some animal skeletons – and you’ve got a wonderful story about owning your own story, your own power…and about the power of family. It really is a delight, and I found that I wasn’t ready to leave Snap’s world as the story was ending. I’m hoping there will be another, but even if there isn’t, I’m better for having read this. I can’t wait to share it with customers – and with all of you.