The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches by Sangu Mandanna
Mika is a witch who is skilled at creating potions and spells from natural ingredients, including stardust. She lives in Brighton, within sight of the sea, but relocates often along with her dog Circe. Her only contacts with other witches are occasional teas with her former guardian Primrose and a quarterly meeting with other British witches. After posting videos online where she pretends to be a witch, Mika is contacted by four muggles and asked to tutor three witch girls who need training in order to use their magic safely. She travels to Nowhere House in Norfolk, and meets Rosetta, Terra Cotta, and Altamira, all black and brown girls like her, along with gruff Irish librarian Jamie, who doesn’t really want her help. Mika has never really known love, and longs to be part of the girls’ found family, but plans only a temporary stay, as she always moves on. Funny and heartfelt, this engaging read is a good readalike for The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune and The Witches of Moonshyne Manor by Bianca Marais.