Plain Kate

Paperback | August 1, 2012

byErin Bow

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Erin Bow's acclaimed, award-winning fantasy novel is now in paperback!

Plain Kate lives in a world of superstitions and curses, where a song can heal a wound and a shadow can work deep magic. When Kate's village falls on hard times - crops fail, and even Kate's father falls victim to a deadly fever - the townspeople look for someone to blame, and their eyes fall on Kate.

Enter Linay, a stranger with a proposition: In exchange for her shadow, he'll give Kate the means to escape the town that seems set to burn her, and what's more, he'll grant her heart's wish. It's a chance for her to start over, to find a home, a family, a place to belong. But Kate soon realizes that she can't live shadowless forever - and that Linay's designs are darker than she ever dreamed.

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Erin Bow's acclaimed, award-winning fantasy novel is now in paperback! Plain Kate lives in a world of superstitions and curses, where a song can heal a wound and a shadow can work deep magic. When Kate's village falls on hard times - crops fail, and even Kate's father falls victim to a deadly fever - the townspeople look for someone...

ERIN BOW was born in Iowa 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. Her first novel, Plain Kate, was named to the YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults list, and was the recipient of the 201...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8 × 5.26 × 0.62 inPublished:August 1, 2012Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0545166659

ISBN - 13:9780545166652

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Praise for Plain Kate: TD Canadian Children's Literature Award, 2011 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2010 Nominee, CLA Book of the Year for Children Award, 2011 Nominee, Sunburst Award, Young Adult category, 2011 Nominee, Rocky Mountain Book Award, 2012 "Plain Kate, [Bow's] first young adult novel, demonstrates a mature, haunting artistry.... The plot unfolds with the swiftness and dramatic urgency of an adventure tale, yet each event has a measured gravity.... [An] outstanding novel." -New York Times Book Review *"Original and sometimes disturbing, Plain Kate is a compelling story of dark magic and a remarkable debut by a talented writer." -Quill & Quire, starred review "Kate's a stalwart, engaging heroine, and Bow vividly evokes a soggy countryside of birch trees, babbling rivers, and colourful, travelling Roamers in this memorable fantasy." -The Toronto Star "Beautiful and haunting, tragic and lovely, this is a book that is as exquisite as it is disquieting... In simple but evocative prose, [Erin Bow] creates a fully realized world in which her story delicately unfolds with a fairytale quality that will linger with readers." -Canadian Children's Book News "[A] dark, lyrical novel of witchcraft and fast-paced adventure." -CBC Book Club "[A] dark and complex tale." -Publisher's Weekly "Stunning debut fantasy." -Horn Book "With this debut, Bow establishes herself as a novelist to watch." -Booklist