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Plain Kate


  • Winner, TD Canadian Children's Literature Award, 2011
  • Short-listed, Rocky Mountain Book Award (Alberta Children's Choice), 2012
  • Short-listed, Canadian Library Association Book of the Year For Children, 2011
  • Short-listed, Sunburst Award, Young Adult category, 2011

Plain Kate Canadian Title

By Erin Bow   

Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9780545166645 Hardcover
320 Pages | 5.7" x 8.57" | Ages 12 & Up

Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9780545328760 Ebook
320 Pages | Ages 12 & Up

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.

Raves & reviews:

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