Kat, Incorrigible by Stephanie Burgis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Summary from Goodreads: Twelve-year-old Kat Stephenson may be the despair of her social-climbing Step-Mama, but she was born to be a magical Guardian and protector of Society--if she can ever find true acceptance in the secret Order that expelled her own mother. She’s ready to turn the hidebound Order of the Guardians inside-out, whether the older members like it or not. And in a society where magic is the greatest scandal of all, Kat is determined to use all her powers to help her three older siblings--saintly Elissa, practicing-witch Angeline, and hopelessly foolish Charles--find their own true loves, even if she has to turn highwayman, battle wild magic, and confront real ghosts along the way!
The word that came to mind when I finished this book was "Fabulous!".
Kat is an extremely precocious twelve year old girl, who is more than a witch and has an incredible personality. She is so strong willed and stubborn that she gets into pretty funny situations. She is one of those characters that you can't help but like and cheer on. She has a strong and abiding love and loyalty to her family.
Kat has inherited her mother's magical abilities. She is a guardian, she can perform magic without spells. She finds herself in possession of her deceased mother's mirror. She can't get rid of the mirror no matter how hard she tries. The mirror is magic and takes her to a hall, where she meets two guardians who tell her about her magical inheritance and her responsibility to be tutored to be a guardian.
She is resistant. That is putting it mildly. But when circumstances get tough and threaten her family. She realizes the potential that being a guardian entails. She knows the good that she can do for the witch community if she takes her inheritance.
For me the writing flowed well. When you become enraptured in a story, it's hard to get too technical. I cannot stress enough that I loved this story.
This is a great book. It is appropriate for children and adults.
I received a copy of this book from Simon & Schuster's galley grab. It is scheduled for publication on April 5, 2011. Yes, I have already pre-ordered a hard copy of this book. I want to share this one with my kids.