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  • ISBN: 0545166659 (pbk. : alk. paper)
  • ISBN: 9780545166652 (pbk. : alk. paper)
  • ISBN: 0545166640 (hardcover : alk. paper)
  • ISBN: 9780545166645 (hardcover : alk. paper)
  • Physical Description: p. cm.
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Publisher: New York : Arthur A. Levine Books, 2010.

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Summary, etc.: Plain Kate's odd appearance and expertise as a woodcarver cause some to think her a witch, but friendship with a talking cat and, later, with humans help her to survive and even thrive in a world of magic, charms, and fear.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2010 October #2
    Young Kate is plain as a stick but a gifted wood carver. Her father had warned her that foolish people might think that she guides her knife with magic, and after he dies of fever, Kate becomes the target of suspicion and fear. As a plague worsens, Kate realizes that she must flee her village, and she reluctantly makes an odd bargain with a stranger: in exchange for her shadow, the stranger will provide essential supplies and grant a single wish. Soon Plain Kate is entangled in an elaborate noose of magic and revenge. In her debut novel, poet Bow writes with an absorbing cadence, creating evocative images that trigger the senses and pierce the heart. With familiar folktale elements, she examines the dark corners of human fear and creates intriguing, well-drawn characters, including Taggle, Kate's talking cat, who adds a welcome lightness. The taut, bleak tale builds to a climax that unfortunately falters, solving a central dilemma with magical convenience. Still, with this debut, Bow establishes herself as a novelist to watch. Copyright 2010 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Erin Bow was born in the Midwest and studied particle physics in college, eventually working at the CERN laboratory near Geneva, Switzerland. She then decided to leave science in order to concentrate on her love of writing. She lives in Kitchener, Ontario, with her husband James and their two daughters. Erin Bow can be visited online at

Subject: Orphans Fiction
Magic Fiction
Witchcraft Fiction
Human-animal relationships Fiction
Cats Fiction
Wood carving Fiction
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