10 Young Adult Books About Witches

Looking for your next Halloween read, a spooky book for the fall, or just a fun witchy young adult novel? Check out our list of witch book recommendations below!

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Chime by Franny Billingsley

CHIME BY FRANNY BILLINGSLEY

Briony can see the Old Ones that live in the swamp by her house–and so Briony’s stepmother told her she was a witch.  But witches are not welcome in the village, and Briony must work hard to keep her powers secret.

Chime has a unique voice with well-developed plot, romance, and mystery.  A good choice for those seeking a standalone, and a great book to read in contrast with Born Wicked.  Spotswood’s character enjoy and are protective of their magic, while Briony is as suspicious of hers as everyone in her community.  Her struggles bring a new perspective to what it means to be a witch.

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Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood

BORN WICKED BY JESSICA SPOTSWOOD

Cate’s mother died when she was thirteen, leaving her to raise her two younger sisters and to protect their secret—that all three of them are witches—from their father and the community.  All seems to be going well until Cate finds her mother’s diary.  The pages reveal that she and her sisters might be the subject of a prophecy, and if they are, they are in much more danger than Cate had ever imagined.

Protagonist Cate goes through a lot in this first installment of the Cahill Witch Chronicles, developing from a whiny teen into a mature one with adult responsibilities and a blossoming romance.  She really grows into her role as the protector of her sisters and their powers and works hard to find safety in an alternative American history where witchcraft is common but unwelcome.

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The Bone Witch

The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

Official Summary: Tea can raise the dead, but resurrection comes at a price.When Tea accidentally resurrects her brother from the dead, she learns she is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy means that she’s a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community. But Tea finds solace and guidance with an older, wiser bone witch, who takes Tea and her brother to another land for training.In her new home, Tea puts all her energy into becoming an asha-one who can wield elemental magic. But dark forces are approaching quickly, and in the face of danger, Tea will have to overcome her obstacles and make a powerful choice.

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Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

As a Truthwitch who can tell when people are lying and when they are not, Safiya is sought-after by powerful people, and she must fight to keep her freedom even as war approaches the Witchlands.

Truthwitch is an exciting opening to the Witchlands series, introducing readers to characters with varied magic and varied backgrounds. Readers will enjoy the romance and friendships in addition to the powerful magic.

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The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

Each summer, the ghosts of three girls who were drowned for witchcraft return to the town of Sparrow, looking for revenge.

The Wicked Deep promises to be a book full of suspense and mystery. Set in a small coastal town cursed by three witches the residents drowned 200 years ago, the book has hints of magic, secrets, and revenge.

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Flying Witch Vol 1

Flying Witch by Chihiro Ishizuka and Melissa Tanaka (Translator)

Makoto Kowata needs more training to become a full-fledged witch, so she moves to the country to live with her cousins.  But sometimes the everyday moments are the most magical of all.

Flying Witch will appeal to readers who enjoy quiet, uneventful reads.  Those looking for a fast-paced plot, however, or a story featuring a lot of witchcraft, should look elsewhere.

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Salt & Storm by Kendall Kulper

Sixteen-year-old Avery Roe wishes to be the next witch of Prince Island, as witches in her family have been for generations, but first she must flee her mother and go to her grandmother for training.

Kendall Kulper’s Salt & Storm is a masterpiece witch book.  With an elaborately developed system of magic and a rich history of witches and their tenuous relationship with the normal people they help, Salt & Storm approaches the topic of witchcraft with insight and realism.  In Salt & Storm, magic can earn one power and respect—but it also comes with a price.  Protagonist Avery, who has dreamed of becoming the Prince Island witch since her childhood is willing, determined, to pay that price and more.

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Toil and Trouble: 15 Tales of Women and Witchcraft by Tess Sharpe, et al.

A YA anthology including short stories about a variety of witches, in a variety of genres. Whether you want fantasy, contemporary, or something else, this anthology is sure to have a story for you.

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The Mermaid, The Witch, and the Sea by Maggie Tokuda-Hall

Aboard the pirate ship Dove, Flora is known as Florian, a man willing to kill if it means his survival. The crew’s mission is to lure unsuspecting highborn passengers onto the ship so they can be sold as slaves on the Red Shore. But then the Lady Evelyn boards the ship and Flora is no longer certaain she can go along with the plan. Together, Flora and Evelyn attempt to escape, but there are greater powers at work than they know.

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Mooncakes by Wendy Xu and Suzanne Walker

There is a demon loose in the forest, and werewolf Tam wants to stop it, before it uses their magic against them.  First, however, Tam will need to team up with their girlhood crush, a witch named Nova.

One of the most anticipated books of 2019, Mooncakes promises a sweet story about romance, magic, and baked goods and has rightly received plenty of buzz around its diverse cast of characters.

14 thoughts on “10 Young Adult Books About Witches

  1. mphtheatregirl says:

    I think the only book I loved when it comes to witches is actually the entire Harry Potter series. Still love fantasy- that is a type of genre that truly allows you to escape into worlds that don’t exist and meeting fictional creatures and animals.

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  2. Paige @ Reading Paiges says:

    Um, thought I’d let you know, Tam in Mooncakes is non-binary, so the correct pronouns is they/them .. not she/her. They don’t identify as male or female. Also Nova is Deaf, so that was worth mentioning because you could have Deaf readers visiting here and not realizing that there is a Deaf book with all the fall vibes, werewolves, monsters, witches, lesbian grandmothers etc

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