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Kat, Incorrigible: 07/04/14
Kat, Incorrigible by Stephanie Burgis is a the start of a tween Regency series that mixes deportment, magic and mystery. Katherine Ann Stephenson has cut her hair in hopes of running away to the high seas so she can send home enough money to save her sister from being forced into a less than pleasant marriage.
Unfortunately for Kat, she's been caught and now must go with her sisters to London for the opening of the season. She has a few distractions, though, namely a secret magic club her mother was once a member of. Now that she's found her mother's stash of magical items, she can begin her training as a witch. But she'll have to do it secretly because her step mother would rather she be a proper lady.
I'm not normally a fan of Regency period books, though in recent years I've finally warmed to the likes of Jane Austen. I have Beth Pattillo and Shannon Hale to thank. Burgis's writing has a similar wit and light-heartedness as Austen but written in a language that is accessible to younger readers.
That's not to say this is a simplistic book. Far from it. There is a great mystery full of real danger for Kat and her family. The experience gives a chance to experience how magic works in Kat's world and to see real character growth for her and her family.