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"Nova Huang knows more about magic than your average teen witch. She works at her grandmothers bookshop, where she helps them loan out spell books and investigate any supernatural occurrences in their New England town. One fateful night, she follows reports of a white wolf into the woods, and she comes across the unexpected: her childhood crush, Tam Lang, battling a horse demon in the woods. As a werewolf, Tam has been wandering from place to place for years, unable to call any town home. Pursued by dark forces eager to claim the magic of wolves and out of options, Tam turns to Nova for help. Their latent feelings are rekindled against the backdrop of witchcraft, untested magic, occult rituals, and family ties both new and old in this enchanting tale of self-discovery"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: [St. Louis, Missouri] : Roar/Lion Forge LLC, 2019.
ISBN: 9781549303043
Characteristics: 242 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Xu, Wendy - Illustrator
Gil, Joamette
Alternative Title: Moon-cakes


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Two Asian-American queer teens, Tam, a werewolf, and Nova, a witch, work together to fight a demon in the forest of their New England town in this charming graphic novel. These childhood friends fall in love as they learn more about themselves and their magic.

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LoganLib_Sheridan Jan 15, 2021

This was such an incredibly cute book with magic and werewolves and queerness. It was a very quick read as I read it in one sitting before bed but my fast pace could also be attributed to my MS readathon participation and my goal of 15 books this month.

I loved that they had an established relationship so they're romantic relationship grew from there. This helps add a lot of connection and backstory quickly to a the story.

I think if this had been a novel we would have learned more about Tam's parents and family situation which would have been interesting.

Nova's parents coming back as ghosts pretty much just to harass her about her life choices also seems incredibly on point as I'm pretty sure that is the only reason parents would come back to haunt their children. I like that her Grandparents are supportive of her no matter what she wants to do.

I liked the inclusivity with Nova's hearing aids and Tam's pronouns. They were a subtle and welcome inclusion into the story.

Dec 27, 2020

This is an adorable story with beautiful art. The main characters are LGBTQ and I love that the books doesn't make it a huge deal - they are who they are, and the adventure continues! Adults and teens alike can enjoy this quick, sweet graphic novel about coming of age, magic, family, and friends.

JCLHilaryS Nov 23, 2020

A super sweet coming of age graphic with diverse characters. Nova and Tam are both trying to figure things out, on their own. Friendship, family and love play central roles in this beautifully illustrated story.

jcljessicaj Oct 13, 2020

This was the ideal book to curl up with in my comfy chair and my fluffy blanket. It was so sweet, and the illustrations are truly magic. I loved the strength and confidence of the characters and how they all had so much faith in one another. Swoon!

I live for books like this.

Nova is a witch who works at her grandmas' bookshop. When her old friend (and werewolf) Tam shows up after years apart, Nova is eager to show Tam how much she has missed them, but a nefarious presence in the forest - and what it signals for Tam - may drastically affect their budding relationship.

This book has everything I love in it. There are witches and magic, dark forests and cozy autumn scenes, lots of tea drinking, precious lesbian grandmas, all kinds of rep (non-binary!), wonderful chemistry between our two leads, and general sweetness absolutely oozing from the pages. There was not one thing that I didn't like about it, from the art style to the characters to the story.

First off, the characters. Nova is the sweetest human, and her cozy life and loving family are such a great, stark contrast to Tam's upbringing and struggles along the way. Giving Tam the family experience throughout the narrative is just so heartwarming and lovely. And Tam being non-binary just fit so well - I loved that choice. Nova's hearing aids are mentioned a few times, and the inclusion of that detail is just so important. I could see some teens being absolutely thrilled to see themselves represented that way.

Story-wise, this is pretty simple: there's a demon in the forest, and Tam is connected to it, and things spiral from there. But to me, the story here is less important than the overall feeling: this feels like autumn, and coziness, and I absolutely adored that aspect of it. The story is engaging, but what kept me reading was the feeling that is so perfectly captured in these pages.

Overall, this is a sweet, easy autumn read. I loved the age of the protagonists - there are not enough YA novels that show characters done with high school - and everything just complemented everything else so well. I devoured this in one sitting, and I will definitely be returning to reread it.

LPL_VanessaR Aug 14, 2020

A cute and adorable romance between a teenage witch, Nova Huang, and a werewolf, Tam Lang. A lighthearted and wholesome magical tale of teenage love battling it out against the forces of evil you don't want to miss.

AlishaH_KCMO Jul 10, 2020

Mooncakes is about Nova Huang, a teen witch working at her grandmother's bookshop helping to loan out spell books and investigating anything supernatural in and around their town. One night she goes into the woods to investigate sightings of a white wolf. She ends up running into someone she least expects: Tam Lang, a werewolf and her childhood crush! After battling a horse demon, the duo go back to Nova's grandmother's for help. As their feelings are rekindled, Nova and Tam use witchcraft, magic, occult rituals, and family in their journey of self-discovery.

I never knew I needed a graphic novel where one of the main characters is a queer, hard-of-hearing witch who has a relationship with a nonbinary werewolf, but along came Mooncakes and I couldn't be more happy. I absolutely loved everything about this book - the representation; both main characters are Chinese-American, the amount of LGBTQ+ characters, the references to Nova's hearing aids! Tam uses they/them pronouns and as soon as one of Nova's grandma's learns about it, she apologizes, corrects herself, and then uses them. Everything about this novel is precious, wholesome, and delightful.

The artwork in the graphic novel was clear and amazing. The color scheme of everything made me crave fall. I could feel the cool breeze through the panels and everyone's outfits always looked so cozy!

Mooncakes is an adorable graphic novel, filled with a sprinkle of magic, great representation, and cute art. It won't disappoint!

Gorgeous illustrations paired with an adorable story about a non-binary werewolf and a witch falling in love. Honestly, what more could you want? I read this all in one sitting and I was definitely not disappointed.

IndyPL_MollieB Jul 06, 2020

Queerness, magic, and werewolves, oh my!

What I enjoyed about this #GraphicNovel is that we're introduced to a non-binary werewolf, Tam, and an LGBTQ+ witch, Nova. They were once close, but Tam moved away some time ago. When they return, Tam and Nova rekindle an early romance.

It's a sweet love story about acceptance, magic, and overcoming obstacles.


Jun 22, 2020

Awesome magic story about a nonbinary werewolf and a witch who’s hearing impaired having an adventure together while falling in love.

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Frightening or Intense Scenes: There are a few intense scenes of supernatural creatures and magical sacrifice that might be hard for some readers.


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