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Incantation

by Alice Hoffman
As told by Alice Hoffman

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers | October 1, 2007 | Trade Paperback

Incantation is rated 5 out of 5 by 3.
Estrella is a Marrano: During the time of the Spanish Inquisition, she is one of a community of Spanish Jews living double lives as Catholics. And she is living in a house of secrets, raised by a family who practices underground the ancient and mysterious way of wisdom known as kabbalah. When Estrella discovers her family's true identity--and her family's secrets are made public--she confronts a world she's never imagined, where new love burns and where friendship ends in flame and ash, where trust is all but vanquished and betrayal has tragic and bitter consequences.

Infused with the rich context of history and faith, in her most profoundly moving work to date, Alice Hoffman's first historical novel is a transcendent journey of discovery and loss, rebirth and remembrance.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 192 pages, 8 × 4.75 × 0.62 in

Published: October 1, 2007

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0316154288

ISBN - 13: 9780316154284

Appropriate for ages: 12

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a masterpiece! It is the turn of the sixteenth century, and for the young sixteen-year-old protagonist, it is the turn of a new life. Estrella deMadrigal is coming to terms with an unforgiving world of religion and beliefs; it is a world where persecution is the mainstream and Judaism is not. It is on these terms that she learns what she and her family really are: Marranos, hidden Jews, pigs; there are a million other ways to describe how Estrella is viewed in the eyes of the Christians. Through experiencing first-hand, Estrella will show you the ugly side of man and will expose the preciousness of beliefs, what one holds most dear. As you follow on the short but sweet ride of Estrella's, you will savour an enjoyable and unforgettable glimpse into the world of holocausts and inhumanity. A truly moving tale, Incantation will show you the power of love, betrayal, friendship, and family. Hoffman's latest story is quite an extraordinary masterpiece, one that you definitely won't want to miss!
Date published: 2007-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This book is sooooooooooooooooo good. The ending made me cry though. It really gives you a perspective of what life was like for non-Christians back then.
Date published: 2007-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely moving This is a story about Estrella deMadrigal, in 1500 Spain. Yes, that time period, where the Jews (among any other non-Christians, but very vehemently the Jews) were assaulted, driven away, burned alive, had every bone in their body broken, had their libraries burned, their knowledge considered blasphemous, their bodies assaulted, their minds tortured... well, I could go on and on - suffice it to say, 'horrendous' doesn't cover it. Hoffman's latest teen story is thus: Estrella, who lives among a family of hidden Jews, does not know of her heritage, only that her mother is good with herbs, that her father is a well-thought-of scholar, and that her neighbor is her best friend. When the hatred begins to ramp up to a full fledged inquisition, Estrella learns her real name, her heritage, and a series of horrible truths about loss and faith. Ultimately, I'd say this book was phenomenal, and wrote - for a teen audience - an amazingly honest period piece that I imagine most people know little about (myself included), and without pulling punches. Hoffman does so, however, with her trademarked beautiful lyrical prose, her sense of emotional immediacy on every page. I loved the writing even as I hated the events, and connected with a girl in an era in the distant past (and no so distant present).
Date published: 2006-12-19

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Incantation

Incantation

by Alice Hoffman
As told by Alice Hoffman

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 192 pages, 8 × 4.75 × 0.62 in

Published: October 1, 2007

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0316154288

ISBN - 13: 9780316154284

From the Publisher

Estrella is a Marrano: During the time of the Spanish Inquisition, she is one of a community of Spanish Jews living double lives as Catholics. And she is living in a house of secrets, raised by a family who practices underground the ancient and mysterious way of wisdom known as kabbalah. When Estrella discovers her family's true identity--and her family's secrets are made public--she confronts a world she's never imagined, where new love burns and where friendship ends in flame and ash, where trust is all but vanquished and betrayal has tragic and bitter consequences.

Infused with the rich context of history and faith, in her most profoundly moving work to date, Alice Hoffman's first historical novel is a transcendent journey of discovery and loss, rebirth and remembrance.

About the Author

Alice Hoffman is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 15 acclaimed novels beloved by teens and adults, from THE FORETELLING, GREEN ANGEL, and AQUAMARINE to THE ICE QUEEN, HERE ON EARTH (an Oprah's Book Club selection), and PRACTICAL MAGIC, which was made into a major motion picture starring Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock. INCANTATION is Hoffman's fifth young adult novel.

Appropriate for ages: 12