By Stephanie Burgis
Atheneum Books for Young Readers, $16.99
Recommended for grades 5 and up
It's 1803 England and twelve year old Katherine Ann Stephenson is no lady! And she has no plans on being one either! So there!
Katherine Ann, or "Kat" for short, just discovered that she's managed to inherit her Mama's magical talents, and much to the consternation of all, she's bound and determined to use them. One way or the other. But when her eldest sister Elissa's sinister fiance, Sir Neville, shows decidedly too much interest in her magical talents and then Angeline, her other sister, is running amuck with her own wayward magical abilities, of course it's Kat to the rescue for one and all.
Kat, Incorrigible opens with these words "I was twelve years of age when I chopped off my hair, dressed as a boy, and set off to save my family from impending ruin." I was enchanted! I was hooked! I loved every word in this book! Stephanie Burgis has successfully envisioned an alternate world and characters that jump off the page and into your heart and imagination. Kat, Incorrigible is funny, heartwarming and all together too much fun. I loved that Burgis had Kat find her Mama's magic book with her Papa's name written beside the love spell. Kat is rebellious and yet respectful and determined to save her family!
Stephanie Burgis created a magical world within Kat's Regency England that is filled to the brim with fully developed characters, both the good and the not so good, the bumbling, the charming and the not so nice people who are in Kat's world. They are clearly written and easy to envision. The story and plot lines flow with a well timed rhythm that you willing want to follow.
I can't say enough about my love for Kat and this book. I'm sharing it with every young person I can find this year. And a few not-so-young people too! I can't wait to see what Kat and Ms. Burgis bring us next!
I give it 4 1/2 out of 5 big stars!
This was provided to me by the publisher at my request and in no way affected my review.