By Stephanie Burgis
(Atheneum Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9781416994473, 304pp.)
Publication Date: April 5, 2011
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
Katherine Ann Stephenson has just discovered that she's inherited her mother's magical talents, and despite Stepmama's stern objections, she's determined to learn how to use them. But with her eldest sister Elissa's intended fiancé, the sinister Sir Neville, showing a dangerous interest in Kat's magical potential; her other sister, Angeline, wreaking romantic havoc with her own witchcraft; and a highwayman lurking in the forest, even Kat's reckless heroism will be tested to the upmost. If she can learn to control her new powers, will Kat be able to rescue her family and win her sisters their true love?
Stephanie Burgis grew up in East Lansing, Michigan, but fell in love with Regency England when she discovered the novels of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer. The author of Kat, Incorrigible; Renegade Magic; and Stolen Magic; she decided to be a writer when she was seven and sold her first short story when she was fifteen. Stephanie lives with her husband, fellow writer Patrick Samphire, their son, and their dog in Wales. Visit her online at StephanieBurgis.com.
"Burgis’ debut title rides on its swift pace and the delightfully feisty Kat, whose fearless and frequently impulsive actions will have readers cheering her on." --Booklist
"Regency romance and fantasy adventure all in one, this is a satisfying read and a promising beginning to a trilogy that is sure to be popular with middle school girls."
“Romance, humor and magic mark this brisk debut novel, the first of a trilogy set in an alternative Regency England…. Burgis’s command of the conventions of the genre is evident in characterization and plot, putting every element in place for a genteel romp…. Luckily, Kat is on hand to interfere with everyone’s plans. Enjoyable mayhem ensues.”
“Set in nineteenth-century England, this is a delightful story about a courageous, spirited, loveable girl who refuses to conform to society’s expectations. There’s plenty of humor, romance, and mystery as Kat cuts off her hair, disguises herself as a boy, and turns the lives of those around her upside down.”
—VOYA, February 2012
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