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Kat, Incorrigible Hardcover – April 5, 2011
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Gr 6-9–Resentful of her stepmother, her secretive older sisters, and the whole code of ladylike conduct in early-19th-century England, 12-year-old Kat Stephenson takes action. She chops off her hair, learns to use her mother's magical mirror, and fends off both well-meaning and threatening adults. Posing as a highwayman, she captures husbands for her sisters. There is more than a little wish-fulfillment here as the ignored younger sister–constantly criticized for her curiosity and impulsive behavior–discovers her exalted status while providing for her less-adept older siblings. The Regency world is drawn in broad strokes, and some secondary characters are more caricature than convincing, but the sisters–clearly close to the 21st century in their basic outlooks, even if Elissa, the eldest, fancies herself a Gothic heroine–are appealing and their relationship is believable. 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.–Kathleen Isaacs, Children's Literature Specialist, Pasadena, MD. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
This first title in the Unladylike Adventures of Kat Stephenson series evokes Jane Austen, Georgette Heyer, Alfred Noyes, and Libba Bray with tongue firmly in cheek. It’s 1803 and 12-year-old Kat must deal with her heritage of as-yet-untrained magic powers while saving her eldest sister from marriage to a wealthy cad old enough to be her father and helping the middle sister connect with her true love. Also in the mix are a loving but ineffectual father, a vicious stepmother, a dashing highwayman, and the mysterious “Order” of witches trying to recruit Kat for proper training in magic. Although it’s unlikely that young readers will be familiar with all the literary references, 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. Historical-fiction fans will enjoy this quick romp, and romance readers may discover Regency England’s charms, perhaps even enough to seek out Pride and Prejudice and other inspirations. Grades 6-10. --Debbie Carton
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When Kat learns that her sister, Elissa, in order to save the family from disgrace, is being pushed into a marriage with Sir Neville, a rich widower about whom rumors swirl, she is determined to stop it. When her first plan involving running away dressed as a boy to London fails, she must come up with another plan to save her sister and family. Taking place in the Victorian era, this has shades of Jane Austen, except for a younger age and with magic thrown in for good measure. I found the writing to be good but not perfect, but the real fun is in the characters and plot. Almost immediately the reader starts cheering for Kat in her efforts to help, despite the fact that her plans tend to be rather dramatic and impulsive in nature. When Kat investigates her mother's things, she discovers a world very different from the one she has known, but throws herself into the magical realm with as much enthusiasm as she does everything. I found the book to be delightful and well worth reading multiple times. Definitely one of my favorites of the year.
I also love the differences between the two future husbands of Kat's sisters. Elissa's husband-to-be is just so dopey, perfect for her, and Angeline's is bright and quick-acting, and just seems like a great person! He is someone I would like to know.
I have never been a big fan of Jane Austen, simply because I'm not into the relationship stories in them, but I have always loved the way she wrote of her time. Kat, Incorrigible reminds me of the Jane Austen world, but it is written in a way that lets a 12 year old girl be feisty in that time and save everyone! I love the magic element. It is so much fun, and I SO wish that I had had this book when I was 12! I would have been very obsessed with Kat and her universe!
Kat is just learning that she's a witch with powerful magic. She decides to use it to save her sisters from badly arranged marriages. It's fun, and funny. I bought it for my daughter & read it first to see if it was appropriate. I haven't read it to her yet, and I'm not sure if she'll like it due to the lack of animals.
What fun. She struggles with who and want she is or can be and does wonderful things along the way.
She goes against the social mores of her time--cuts her hair, climbs trees, has thoughts of her own! Scandalous!
This is a delightful story mixing period aspects with magic with irresistible young ladies.
All in all, great fun!
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Miss Katherine Stephenson doesn't give a fig about being a lady. She'd much rather run wild and have adventures that would make most ladies swoon.Read more
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