AmReading: Stephanie Burgis’s Kat, Incorrigible

I have been simultaneously finishing up the last book I was reading–Atlantic, by Simon Winchester, and now I am reading the clever and charming Kat, Incorrigible (Unladylike Adventures of Kat Stephenson), by Stephanie Burgis. Adorable Niecelet will be getting a copy of this as soon as she gets into chapter books, which should be any minute now, as she is of course a supergenius.

Kat is a twelve year old girl with many misfortunes: a dead and disgraced mother, a snippy stepmother and two older sisters who expect her to engage in proper Nineteenth Century Girl Behaviorâ„¢, to be entirely sanguine about seeing Sister Number One married off to a heinous creep, and above all not to practice magic. When we meet her she’s chopping off her hair and going in search of work to support the family, the better to put off her sister’s impending engagement. It all goes delightfully downhill from there.

Previously read in 2012
1. The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt
2. Among Others, by Jo Walton
3. Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms, and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories, by Simon Winchester

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About Alyx Dellamonica

After twenty-two years in Vancouver, B.C., I've recently moved to Toronto Ontario, where I make my living writing science fiction and fantasy; I also review books and teach writing online at UCLA. I'm a legally married lesbian, a coffee snob, and I wake up at an appallingly early hour.

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