The scapegracers

Hannah Abigail Clarke

Book - 2020

As a witch, lesbian, and lifelong outsider, Sideways Pike has had a hard time making friends. But when the three most popular girls pay her to cast a spell at their Halloween party, Sideways gets swept into a new clique. The unholy trinity are sugar-coated rattlesnakes, and now-- unbelievably-- Sideways' best friends. The four form a ferocious and powerful coven. They plan parties, cast curses on dudebros, try to find Sideways a girlfriend, and elude the fundamentalist witch hunters hellben...t on stealing their magic. But who knew that balancing human interaction with supernatural peril could be so complicated? -- adapted from jacket

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Series
Clarke, Hannah Abigail, Scapegracers ; 1.
Subjects
Genres
Paranormal fiction
Young adult fiction
Published
New York, NY : Erewhon Books 2020.
Edition
First US edition
Language
English
Item Description
Series information from Goodreads and publisher's website (review by Publisher's Weekly calls it "a trilogy opener").
Physical Description
394 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN
9781645660002
1645660001
Main Author
Hannah Abigail Clarke (author)
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

In this fierce debut, a trilogy opener, Clarke conjures up a powerful, passionate tale of female friendship and found family. Senior Sideways Pike, a witch, is used to being considered a social outcast, but when the three most popular girls at school pay her $40 to spice up a Halloween party with a little magic, she accepts. Her spell spirals out of control and leaves chalk sigils and runes all over the house, making an impression upon her fellow high schoolers. The clique adopts her as their own, and the four soon form a coven, exacting vengeance upon their enemies and exploring the depths of their new magical and emotional connections. As Sideways and her new friends—Yates, Jing, and Daisy—grow comfortable with their power, they're hunted by a family dedicated to "purifying the world" by eradicating magic. Sideways's lyrically defiant voice memorably conveys the group's rough-edged intimacy, and messages about magic's ambiguity and teenage girls' power grants this story a complex edge. Unapologetically queer—many of the characters, including Sideways and her adoptive dads, fall under the LGBTQ umbrella—and seething with raw emotion, this fantasy opens strong while leaving much to be explored in future installments. Ages 14–up. Agent: Abby Schulman, Rebecca Friedman Literary. (May) Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Forging an unexpected coven with the three most popular girls in school, an outcast lesbian witch casts curses, searches for love and eludes fundamentalist witch hunters while privately struggling with the realities of human friendships and supernatural perils. A first novel. Simultaneous eBook.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

As a witch, lesbian, and lifelong outsider, Sideways Pike has had a hard time making friends. But when the three most popular girls pay her to cast a spell at their Halloween party, Sideways gets swept into a new clique. The unholy trinity are sugar-coated rattlesnakes, and now-- unbelievably-- Sideways' best friends. The four form a ferocious and powerful coven. They plan parties, cast curses on dudebros, try to find Sideways a girlfriend, and elude the fundamentalist witch hunters hellbent on stealing their magic. But who knew that balancing human interaction with supernatural peril could be so complicated? -- adapted from jacket

Review by Publisher Summary 3

An outcast teenage lesbian witch finds her coven hidden amongst the popular girls in her school, and performs some seriously badass magic in the process. Skulking near the bottom of West High’s social pyramid, Sideways Pike lurks under the bleachers doing magic tricks for Coke bottles. As a witch, lesbian, and lifelong outsider, she’s had a hard time making friends. But when the three most popular girls pay her $40 to cast a spell at their Halloween party, Sideways gets swept into a new clique. The unholy trinity are dangerous angels, sugar-coated rattlesnakes, and now–unbelievably–Sideways’ best friends. Together, the four bond to form a ferocious and powerful coven. They plan parties, cast curses on dudebros, try to find Sideways a girlfriend, and elude the fundamentalist witch hunters hellbent on stealing their magic. But for Sideways, the hardest part is the whole ‘having friends’ thing. Who knew that balancing human interaction with supernatural peril could be so complicated? Rich with the urgency of feral youth, The Scapegracers explores growing up and complex female friendship with all the rage of a teenage girl. It subverts the trope of competitive mean girls and instead portrays a mercilessly supportive clique of diverse and vivid characters. It is an atmospheric, voice-driven novel of the occult, and the first of a three-book series.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

A YA crossover title combining the perennially popular genres of witches and high school society told in a bright, distinctive, and inclusive voice, and the debut of a talented young voice writing Erewhon's first series acquisition.

Review by Publisher Summary 5

An outcast teenage lesbian witch finds her coven hidden amongst the popular girls in her school, and performs some seriously badass magic in the process. Skulking near the bottom of West High's social pyramid, Sideways Pike lurks under the bleachers doing magic tricks for Coke bottles. As a witch, lesbian, and lifelong outsider, she's had a hard time making friends. But when the three most popular girls pay her $40 to cast a spell at their Halloween party, Sideways gets swept into a new clique. The unholy trinity are dangerous angels, sugar-coated rattlesnakes, and now'unbelievably'sideways' best friends. Together, the four bond to form a ferocious and powerful coven. They plan parties, cast curses on dudebros, try to find Sideways a girlfriend, and elude the fundamentalist witch hunters hellbent on stealing their magic. But for Sideways, the hardest part is the whole 'having friends' thing. Who knew that balancing human interaction with supernatural peril could be so complicated? Rich with the urgency of feral youth, The Scapegracers explores growing up and complex female friendship with all the rage of a teenage girl. It subverts the trope of competitive mean girls and instead portrays a mercilessly supportive clique of diverse and vivid characters. It is an atmospheric, voice-driven novel of the occult, and the first of a three-book series.