Record Details

Catalog Search

Salt magic / by Hope Larson ; illustrated by Rebecca Mock.

Larson, Hope, (author.). Mock, Rebecca, (illustrator.).

Available copies

  • 1 of 3 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 0 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

Current holds

1 current hold with 3 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Detroit Lakes Public Library J G LAR (Text) 33500013497656 New Checked out 12/24/2021
Moorhead Public Library J G LAR (Text) 33500013497664 New Checked out 12/10/2021
Roseau Public Library j LAR (Text) 35500006524688 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780823446209
  • ISBN: 0823446204
  • ISBN: 9780823450503
  • ISBN: 0823450503
  • Physical Description: 237 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Margaret Ferguson Books, [2021]

Content descriptions

Summary, etc.:
Twelve-year-old Vonceil Taggart, willing to risk everything to set things right, leaves her family's Oklahoma farm in 1919 seeking the salt witch who cast a spell that turned their spring to saltwater.
Target Audience Note:
Ages 10 to 14. Margaret Ferguson Books.
Grades 7-9. Margaret Ferguson Books.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2021 October #2
    *Starred Review* Eleven-year-old Vonceil is disgusted that her brother Elber, newly home from war, is going to marry his hometown sweetheart instead of the brave, sophisticated nurse she'd hoped he would meet while serving in the trenches in France. At the wedding, her uncle, Old Dell, a former gold prospector who went away to California and came back not quite right, accuses the bride of being a witch. A few months after the wedding, Greda, a woman dressed all in white, appears in town looking for Elber. The two had had a relationship in France, and when Elber refuses to leave his new wife and run away with her, Greda curses the family's water supply, turning it to salt water. Vonceil connects the dots between Old Dell and this woman and sets out on a quest to save her family's farm that brings her face-to-face with witches, magic, death, and the loss that comes with growing up. Almost impossible to summarize, a tale this full of characters and plot twists could easily become confusing, but Larson weaves the story tightly, keeping Vonceil and her journey at the center and wrapping everything else around it. Mock's art is loose and effortless, the characters' facial expressions telling as much of the story as Larson's words do. A master class in fabulism done right. Grades 5-8. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Hope Larson has written and illustrated many graphic novels including <i>All Summer Long</i>, which was a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2018 and an Eisner Award nominee, as well as its recently published sequel, <i>All Together Now</i>. She adapted and illustrated<i> A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel</i>, which spent forty-four weeks on the New York Times graphic novel bestseller list and for which she won an Eisner Award. She is also the author of <i>Compass South</i> (A New York Times Bestseller), and its companion volume, <i>Knife's Edge</i>, both illustrated by Rebecca Mock. She lives in North Carolina.<br><br>Rebecca Mock is an illustrator and comics artist. They illustrated the graphic novels <i>Compass South</i> and <i>Knife's Edge</i>, both written by Hope Larson. Their work has also appeared in various publications, including the <i>New York Times</i> and <i>The New Yorker</i>. They are the co-organizer of the <i>Hana Doki Kira</i> anthology. They live in Brooklyn, New York. Visit their website at

Subject: Witches > Comic books, strips, etc. > Juvenile fiction.
Blessing and cursing > Comic books, strips, etc. > Juvenile fiction.
Farm life > Oklahoma > Comic books, strips, etc. > Juvenile fiction.
Oklahoma > History > 20th century > Comic books, strips, etc. > Juvenile fiction.
JUVENILE FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels / Fantasy.
JUVENILE FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels / Historical.
JUVENILE FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels / Action & Adventure.
Genre: Graphic novels.
Graphic novels.
Action and adventure comics.
Comics (Graphic works)
Fantasy comics.
Graphic novels.

Additional Resources