“Guys are not witches. Guys are warlocks or wizards. Aren’t they? Well, if you’re Richard “Tex” McKenna, you take after your mother and are a witch, even though you’re a guy. So what does a fellow do when he learns the truth about himself?
In Author Stuart R. West’s YA Novel, TEX, THE WITCH BOY, fifteen-year-old Tex has to deal not only with his heritage from his mother, who recently died, but with the football bullies in his school as well. When one of the bullies is found murdered, Tex becomes a suspect. To learn the truth about who killed the boy, Tex needs more help than his father can provide so he consults Mickey, a friend of his late mother’s, who is also a witch. I’m not going to give away the plot, but a lot happens in this story. Add Olivia, the girl who likes Tex, and my favorite character, a couple more dead boys, and you have a mystery that Tex and his friends must solve before more victims are discovered. When Tex conjures up a spell to identify the guilty party, things go haywire, and he wishes he’d let well enough alone.
TEX, THE WITCH BOY is a fast action story that will keep you guessing who the bad guy(s) are. I kind of suspected, but wasn’t sure until the end. The characters are well developed, each with his/her own personality. The author has written a story about family, friends, bullies, and what happens when bullying goes too far and ruins the lives of others. Recommended for tweens, teens, parents, and teachers, both the bullied and the bullies, who might just see the harm they’re doing and how it affects them all.