KAT, INCORRIGIBLE By Stephanie Burgis [Review]
Set in 1803, KAT, INCORRIGIBLE is Jane Austen for little girls. It has all the charm that 19th century England had and all the elements of a Jane Austen novel–Lords and Ladies, balls, a rabble-rouser heroine, and the timeless conflict of marrying for love vs. money. And to make it even better, Burgis puts her own unique spin on it.
Katherine Stephenson–Kat–is a feisty twelve-year-old girl who feels it her duty to save her family from the perils of falling into debt and to prevent her sister from marrying the murderous Sir Neville, all the while dealing with her burgeoning magical powers. Throw in an “evil” stepmother, a handsome highwayman, and a mysterious Order of witches, and this makes for on fantastic book.
What I like most about Kat is the pace. There is never a dull moment. Each chapter leaves off with a cliffhanger so suspenseful I couldn’t help but read on to the next. Kat is an energetic young girl who hovers that line between child and adulthood. She’s stubborn enough to want to fix everything on her own, yet unruly enough to land into troublesome predicaments that left me laughing.
My only problem with the book is the conflict between witches and Guardians. In the beginning we meet two Guardians–persons of magic who keep evil witches from harming innocent people–yet we are never given a full explanation of what is the Order of Guardians, what exactly is is they do, and why Kat falls into the category. The Guardians we do meet are presented in a way that leave me wanting to understand them better but the role they play is very small in the grand scheme of the plotline.
Overall, this is a great book, both for young girls and their mothers. It has all the endearing qualities that make children’s books so wonderful while still maintaining that classic 19th century spirit.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars | Publisher: Atheneum | Pages: 304 | Source: Purchased | Buy on Amazon
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