After her parents’ accidental death by mushroom poisoning, young Aurora Grimeon is sent to live with her estranged grandfather on Ossuary Isle, deep in the southern swamps. Joined by her grandfather’s pet raccoon Missy, Aurora explores the fog-covered island of graves. Along the way she meets its sinister residents who care for the tombstones and mausoleums, living out their lives by the strange rules of Hoodoo magic. When ghostly things start happening out in the swamp and island residents start disappearing, Aurora thrusts herself into the middle of the mystery, uncovering secrets that might be better left buried.
I absolutely adored Will O’ the Wisp! After Aurora’s parents die from mushroom poisoning and she goes to live in that swamp with her very taciturn grandfather she is exposed to this whole culture of superstition and hoodoo that she had never seen the likes of before. She is taken under the wing of the local hoodoo woman and slowly begins to learn about magic. It takes the rest of the locals awhile to warm up to her but when they do she fits in among them as if she were always there. With her new raccoon friend and budding belief in herself Aurora confronts her bitterness and learns she not alone in the world after all. Will O’ the Wisp is such a slightly creepy but truly endearing read. Not to mention I love love love the illustrations. I am already hunting down this illustrator to see what else I can of her work! I highly recommend this graphic novel to hey…everybody.
Illustrations – 5 stars – gorgeous and consistently beautiful throughout the entire volume
Story– 5 – Excellent story about a girls journey through tragedy to finding her place.