Magic and Mischeif – “Kat, Incorrigible” by Stephanie Borgis
Ramona Quimby + Harry Potter + Jane Austen = “Kat, Incorrigible.”
A dramedy of magical manners, “Kat, Incorrigible” is the story of a young, impulsive girl named Katherine Stephenson. Living with her two older sisters, Papa, and wench of a Stepmama in regency-era England, Kat’s life is confining her to manners and dresses until she discovers some secrets about her real mother – namely, that she was a witch. During a nosy trip to the attic, Kat unearths her mothers possessions and winds up with magical abilities of her own. Good timing, too, as there’s foul play afoot – a Highwayman on the loose, a not-so-lovely man who wants to marry Kat’s older sister, and an older brother potentially being sent to debtor’s prison.
Clearly author Stephanie Borgis loves some Regency period, and her affection for her time period shows in the charming way she weaves the story of rambunctious young girls into a setting involving parlors and manors.
Obviously the first book in what’s being set up as a series, “Kat, Incorrigible” is a little treat of a young adult novel, and one young girls can hold to. The heroine is plucky, doesn’t rely on others, and saves herself.
Bring on another Kat book. For real.