Plain Kate

Plain Kate

By Erin Bow

Arthur A. Levine Books, Hardcover, 9780545166645, 314pp.

Publication Date: September 2010


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.