Book Review: Tex, the Witch Boy by: Stuart R. West

Rating: 4/5

Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing

Publication Date: January 2013

Origins:  From Author for Review

Book Links:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: Being in high school sucks. Just ask Richard “Tex” McKenna, a Kansas sophomore. Dealing with bullying, burgeoning love, the loss of parents, and dodge ball is bad enough. To top it off, he's just found out he's a witch! Oh, and fellow students are being murdered. The suspicious eyes of local law enforcement are looking right at Tex and his loyal group of friends. And so is the killer. Will Tex's new-found skills prove helpful? Or cause even more problems?

Review: Tex McKenna has had to grow up pretty fast. His dad’s in a wheelchair and his mom recently passed away. He’s also being bullied at school along with some of his friends and just found out he’s a hereditary witch, like his mom. If that’s not all weird enough, kids at Tex’s school are being murdered. Tex wants to help protect his friends and find the killer, so he goes to Mickey – his mother’s witchcraft mentor – to hone his newfound skills. Will it be enough to stop the bullies and the killer?

TEX, THE WITCH BOY is an excellent story about a boy dealing with loss, bullying, and the realization that his mother left him more than just her eyes or hair color. While the story is dark, there are some light points with Mickey and Olivia. I enjoyed the story and the positive message it gives to kids about standing up to bullies in an appropriate way. I do wish there had been a little more character detail in regard to the secondary characters, but overall this is a well-developed story. TEX, THE WITCH BOY really packs an emotional punch!

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