Kids looking for some spooky summer reading have a new chance to read about the things that go bump in the night.
Out on June 16, The Weirn Books, Vol. 1: Be Wary of the Silent Woods takes place in a world in which shifters, vampires, witches, and more roam the streets *and* go to school. The main character, Ailis Thorton, is a weirn (a witch whose guardian spirit is a demon) who lives with her grandmother and astral, a witch’s pet — which can be mischievous, but hers just digs stuff out of the ground.
Ailis attends school on weeknights with her cousin Na’ya — together they’re called the “loser cousins” by their arch-enemy, Patricia Chow. Patricia is at the top of the social hierarchy and won’t let the cousins forget it. The graphic novel mixes relatable characters and storyline with out-of-this-world ideas.
Svetlana Chmakova, the author of The Weirn Books, is best known for her work in the best-selling graphic novels Awkward, Brave, and Crush. Kids between ages 8 and 12 will surely have a magical time getting lost in the start of this new series.