Plain Kate

By Erin Bow
Arthur A. Levine Books, Hardcover, 9780545166645, 314pp.

Publication Date: September 2010

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“Plain Kate is a gifted carver in a world where talent is perceived as witchcraft. When her father and many townspeople die of a flu, Plain Kate is forced to live on her own. To escape being burned as a witch, she trades her shadow for travel gear and her hearts desire. I was hooked till the end by this original, thought-provoking story!”
— Cinda Meister, Booksmart, Morgan Hill, CA


Description

A debut novel that's as sharp as a knife's point.

Plain Kate lives in a world of superstitions and curses, where a song can heal a wound and a shadow can work deep magic. As the wood-carver's daughter, Kate held a carving knife before a spoon, and her wooden charms are so fine that some even call her "witch-blade" -- a dangerous nickname in a town where witches are hunted and burned in the square.




About the Author
Erin Bow is a physicist turned poet turned children's novelist--and she's won major awards in all three roles. She's the author of the acclaimed Russian-flavored fantasy "Plain Kate", which received two starred reviews and was a YALSA Best Book of the Year, and the terrifying YA ghost story "Sorrow's Knot", which received five starred reviews and was a "Kirkus Reviews" Best Book of the Year.
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