Kat, Incorrigible, 1

Kat, Incorrigible, 1

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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?
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 145 x 216 x 27mm | 386g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 1416994475
  • 9781416994473
  • 775,927

Review quote

"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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Rating details

4,037 ratings
3.97 out of 5 stars
5 35% (1,410)
4 36% (1,470)
3 22% (878)
2 5% (182)
1 2% (97)

Our customer reviews

Kat's tired of being the odd sister out. Her two older sisters, five and seven years older, talk about things that she wouldn't understand. Her brother, Charles, has gambled away all the family money, and her Stepmama is determined Elissa will make a good match and save the family. Kat vows she won't allow her sister to ruin her happiness by marrying a man rumored to have murdered his first wife. Instead, she comes up with a plan to change everything. Unfortunately, her sister, Angeline, catches her before she can put the plan into action. Instead, Kat, her sisters, and their Stepmama attend a house party at Grantham Abbey to meet Sir Neville. Kat and Angeline attempt to persuade Elissa not to accept his hand in marriage - if he should ask. To make matters more interesting, when Kat discovers she is her mother's magical heir, she wonders if she can use magic to help her sisters deal with their romantic attachments. KAT, INCORRIGIBLE was so cute - almost like a novel reminiscent of SENSE AND SENSIBILITY (told from Margaret, the youngest sister's perspective) mixed with a magical adventure, a dangerous highwayman episode, and a romance plot. Combined, they make it an absolutely entertaining, engrossing, and simply delightful read. I LOVED Kat: she's unladylike, stubborn, smart, brave, resourceful, annoying (as only a youngest sister can be), and thoroughly charming. I can't wait for the next book in the series! *Gold Star Award Winner!show more
by TeensReadToo
ately, I've been wanting to read some Middle Grade books, so when I won Kat, Incorrigible, I was really excited to read it. I'd read great reviews about it, and it didn't disappointed me. Kat's a 12 years old girl. She's definitely one of my favorites protagonists, she's young, brave, naive, independent, intelligent, adventurous...and sometimes a little wicked too. I wished I would have been like her when I was her age! She's really unique and always a good girl. The plot was good. Kat discovers one of her sisters have been studying their mother's magic books. She, being young and wanting to be as her sisters, decides that she wants to learn too. But, she didn't know by learning more about her mother, she would discover a mirror that transports her to another place, and where she met people who knew about her mother's powers and that assures her she has more powers than just a little magic. Kat, Incorrigible was such a funny read. I was always giggling. Not only Kat was great, but her family, specially her sisters. They were always fighting but at the same time they loved each other so much. Definitely like real siblings. Also, the writing of this book was excellent. It was light and always made you want to keep reading. I read this in a few hours, and felt very satisfied with the ending. Overall, I absolutely loved this book. It was such a cute and fun read! I definitely recommend Kat, Incorrigible to any young girl. Or maybe for you, if you'll like to read something fresh and funny. Personally, I can't wait to read the next one, called Renegade Magic.show more
by Maria Guajardo (GABY)
In the tradition of the strong heroines starring in some of my favourite series such as Julia Golding's Cat Royal and L. A. Meyer's Bloody Jack, Kat Stephenson bursts into the literary world with a lot of ***** and an irrepressible curiousity. The first installment, in what is sure to become a moved loved series for me, contains all the elements necessary to make an entertaining story into a novel one. The novel presents the Stephenson family which contains three sisters, one brother, one stepmother and a father who is, more often than not, seen and not heard. The main character's tone is irreverent, irrepressible and entirely engaging. I have to commend Ms. Burgis on her character creation and development as in Kat Incorrigible, all characters (minor and major) are developed so well that you can believe they did (or do) exist somewhere in the world. Their foibles, their good points and the bad ones - they become more than characters on a page and transcend mediums to bloom into full existence in your mind. It's a fantastic journey. Kat is undeniably my favourite character though Angeline is not far behind. The things she does and the stuff she says - precocious - but oh so entertaining. She's twelve in this novel but I don't think you need to be concerned that her "voice" such as it is will be immature enough to deter older readers. If anything, her youth only makes her perspectives and reactions fresher. Her reactions are actually surprising and keep the reader on her toes, guessing what Kat will do next. It also lets the reader glimpse how a child must comprehend the workings of an adult's mind - and their motivations. What adults regard as complex, the younger person may take as inherently simple. The plot is compelling - and as I said before, has everything necessary to make it wildly entertaining. The book does engage a person into a discourse about "family" and its meanings, if some kind of intellectual engagement is necessary for you. For a deeper analysis, we could talk about the role of "magic" vs. the role of religion and whether these two really are, as suggested in the novel, two twains that shall never meet. But if you don't need that deeper analysis, read it for the simple pleasure of Kat and her fun sisters. For the dialogue and the villains and the eccentricity that fairly leaps off the pages, grabs you and jumps back into the pages of the book. Yes, it truly is that great.show more
by nafiza azad
Kat, Incorrigible is a book to share with young readers. It's the sort that can keep a young reader reading after "lights out" - enjoyable, funny, and so hard to put down. The heroine is twelve-year-old Katherine who lives in Regency England with her two older sisters, father and stepmother. Since women of their class didn't work at this time, marriage is the only way open to the Stephenson sisters. Katherine's eldest sister is a romantic and lover of Gothic romances - and she's willing to marry to advance the family fortune. But fortunately, Kat is much more adventurous and sensible. She searches for more creative ways to help improve their situation. This leads to magic and adventures for Kat and a wonderful read for the rest of us. I love Regency novels, Georgette Heyer, Jane Austen and I very much enjoyed Kat, Incorrigible. I'm definitely sharing this book with friends. Reading level: 9 to 12 years ISBN-10: 9781416994473 - Hardcover Publisher: Atheneum (April 5, 2011) 304 pages. Review copy provided by the publisher.show more
by Gaby @ Starting Fresh
It is 1803, and Kat (Katherine Ann Stephenson) is 12 years old and a bit too feisty (make that A LOT too feisty) for her time. Her older sisters, Elissa and Angeline, are always lecturing her about propriety, as is her disapproving stepmother. Her brother Charles, having been sent down from Oxford for bad behavior, is holed up in his bedroom, trying to avoid debtor's prison for his gambling debts. When we first meet Kat, she is leaving her house at night dressed as a boy, determined to get to the city to make money in order to keep her sister Elissa from being sold off to an old man for marriage, which Stepmama insists on. Kat's father is a clergyman, and one of Stepmama's biggest complaints (besides Kat and her mother, who died 10 days after Kat was born) is the lack of money to indulge her tastes. Shortly after Kat finds her Mama's magic books under Angeline's bed (where they are definitely NOT supposed to be, since Stepmama made Papa lock all of Mama's things up in a cupboard), an apparently vacant-eyed Frederick Carlyle shows up as a result of Angeline's spell to bring her true love to her. Kat breaks into the locked cupboard and finds a golden mirror, and suddenly, she is transported into a Golden Hall, where she meets a woman named Lydia (Lady Fotherington) who joined the Order the same year Mama did, and Mama's tutor, Aloysius Gregson, who informed her that she is a Guardian, a power that can only be inherited by one child in each generation of a family. Lady Fotherington disapproved of Mama and HER errant ways, and she also disagrees with the idea of Kat being a Guardian as well. Kat herself isn't too fond of the idea, either, and when she finds a way to get home, she tries to get rid of the mirror. Unfortunately, no matter where she puts it or where she goes, the mirror follows her. As Kat works to escape the legacy of the Guardians, Elissa, always proper, is set to meet and marry Sir Neville, who is rumored to have caused his first wife's death. With her marriage, her brother will escape debtor's prison and thus her family's honor will be saved. Angeline continues to dabble in their mother's magic books, and as they travel to Grantham Abbey, home of their Stepmama's second cousin, the mirror also travels with them. With highwaymen, magic, fun, wit, and Kat's continued brushes with trouble, this is the sort of adventure that even this adult reader found delightful. Kat is the type of unconventional girl that we love to read about, and the villains in this piece are sinister enough to make you root for the good guys. A wonderful middle-reader set in Regency England, Kat, Incorrigible should be a huge hit with readers of all ages. QUOTES For me, Mama's cabinet had been full of mysteries and secrets to be puzzled out, like an adventure. For them, it had been full of memories. And I had broken all of them. Looking into Sir Neville's hard, dark eyes, I couldn't believe for an instant that he had killed his first wife out of jealousy, or for any other reason as simple as that. But I was absolutely certain that he had murdered her. He couldn't be allowed to marry Elissa. Stepmama let out a scream and fainted. I was so pleased, I could have hugged her. A crowd of older women fluttered to her side, trying to revive her. It was almost as much diversion as we needed. Writing: 4 out of 5 stars Plot: 4 out of 5 stars Characters: 4.5 out of 5 stars Reading Immersion: 4 out 5 stars BOOK RATING: 4.125 out of 5 starsshow more
by Julie Smith
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