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Plain Kate

by Erin Bow

SCHOLASTIC INC | September 1, 2010 | Hardcover

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A knife-sharp debut that leaves its mark!

Plain Kate lives in a world of magic and curses, where cats can talk and shadows can bring back the dead. As the wood-carver''s daughter, Kate held a carving knife before a spoon, and her wooden talismans seem to reveal hidden truths about their owners.

But she and her village have fallen on hard times: Kate''s father dies, crops fail, and a strange sickness is spreading across the countryside. The village is looking for someone to blame, and for her skill with a knife, Kate is accused of witchcraft.

Enter Linay, a stranger with a proposition: If Kate gives him her shadow, he''ll grant her heart''s wish, and he''ll also find a way for her to escape the angry townspeople. Kate reluctantly agrees, not realizing that she''s given a powerful tool to a man driven mad with grief. Aided by new friends and armed with the carving knife that has never failed to show her the truth, Kate must stop Linay in his terrible plan of revenge and become the heroine she knows is within her.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 320 pages, 3.37 × 2.24 × 0.43 in

Published: September 1, 2010

Publisher: SCHOLASTIC INC

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0545166640

ISBN - 13: 9780545166645

Appropriate for ages: 12

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Plain Kate

by Erin Bow

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 320 pages, 3.37 × 2.24 × 0.43 in

Published: September 1, 2010

Publisher: SCHOLASTIC INC

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0545166640

ISBN - 13: 9780545166645

About the Book

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.

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A knife-sharp debut that leaves its mark!

Plain Kate lives in a world of magic and curses, where cats can talk and shadows can bring back the dead. As the wood-carver''s daughter, Kate held a carving knife before a spoon, and her wooden talismans seem to reveal hidden truths about their owners.

But she and her village have fallen on hard times: Kate''s father dies, crops fail, and a strange sickness is spreading across the countryside. The village is looking for someone to blame, and for her skill with a knife, Kate is accused of witchcraft.

Enter Linay, a stranger with a proposition: If Kate gives him her shadow, he''ll grant her heart''s wish, and he''ll also find a way for her to escape the angry townspeople. Kate reluctantly agrees, not realizing that she''s given a powerful tool to a man driven mad with grief. Aided by new friends and armed with the carving knife that has never failed to show her the truth, Kate must stop Linay in his terrible plan of revenge and become the heroine she knows is within her.

About the Author

ERIN BOWstudied particle physics in university, eventually working at the CERN laboratory near Geneva, Switzerland. Lucky for us, she then decided to leave science in order to concentrate on her writing! Her poetry has won a CBC Literary Award, among others. This is her first novel with Scholastic Canada. She lives in Kitchener, Ontario.

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"... an effective and moving coming-of-age novel." -The Bulletin of the Center for Children''s Books, starred review

Appropriate for ages: 12

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