Plain Kate (Hardback)
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Short Description for Plain Kate Plain Kate lives in a world of magic and curses. As the woodcarver's daughter, Kate held a carving knife before a spoon, and her wooden charms seem to reveal hidden truths about their owners. But when the village falls on hard times, Kate is accused of witchcraft.
- Published: 01 September 2010
- Format: Hardback 314 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780545166645 ISBN 10: 0545166640
- Sales rank: 160,106
Reviews for Plain Kate
Review of Plain Kate
The amount of love for this book in the book blogging community is huge. I keep seeing the name popping up and finally made the decision to cave and put it first and foremost in my pile of books - so I happily skipped off to the library and picked it up.
I shouldn't have waited - seriously, this is a book to own. I cannot wait for my niece to get a bit older because this will be one of those books I'll be anxiously waiting to put into her hand.
Filled with interesting lore, magic and a heroine who proves you don't have to be beautiful or fall in love to be interesting, Plain Kate had me spellbound from the first page. There's villains who still inspire sympathy, there are actions which cause conflicting emotions in the reader, and then there's Kate.
Kate (who insists on being called Plain Kate) is a big of a ragamuffin who is a very talented carver. Little bits of Russian lore are woven into the story and provide the setting and history to make this a book rich with information for the young reader. As I read it, I was reminded a bit of how Neil Gaiman's Odd and the Frost Giants affected me - it filled me with wonder, made me feel young again and left me with a touch of regret as I closed the book, having finished it.
Plain Kate is a perfect addition to the middle grade world of books and one I'll be recommending left and right. by Lydia Presley