Saturday, April 2, 2011

Book Review: Kat, Incorrigible

Kat, Incorrigible
by Stephanie Burgis
Release Date: April 5, 2011
Advanced Reader Copy obtained through the Early Reviewers program.

This historical novel for children (ages 9 - 12) has a creative, enjoyable plot and a heroine who leaps from the page in a flurry of exuberance. Burgis's strong young heroine is full of spirit, with the same engaging personality so admired by fans of Jane Austen, J.K. Rowling and L.M. Montgomery. She's a 21st century re-imagining of a girl growing up in Georgian England.

Kat is just like every other girl growing up in early 1800s London... sort of. Strong-willed, independent and not afraid of a good adventure, Kat, Incorrigible is a modern-day fairy tale with a heroine who revolts against gender roles and stereotypes. She means well, but this doesn't keep Kat from getting into numerous scrapes. Throughout the novel, Kat struggles to be seen as an equal by the two people who matter most to her: her older sisters. She's seen as a child, but finds herself in increasingly adult situations. As Kat is an observer at heart, she relishes these opportunities to see without being seen. As Kat collects valuable tidbits of knowledge she begins to learn about her late mother's magical past. Readers are in for a great romp through high society in turn-of-the-century England, with all of its quirks and characters.

Kat, Incorrigible was originally published in the UK as A Most Improper Magick in August of 2010. The next novel in the series isn't far away! Kat, Incorrigible, Renegade Magic's tentative US release date is April 2012. The third installment should hit shelves some time in early 2013.

Fun Fact: Stephanie Burgis now lives in England, but she spent much of her life in East Lansing, Michigan - my hometown!