by Erin Bow
When Kate’s father, the woodcarver, dies of a mysterious plague, the villagers accuse her of witchcraft. Desperate to escape, Kate sells her shadow to a stranger who promises supplies and the granting of a single wish. Too late, Kate realizes that she needs some serious magic to defeat the stranger and reclaim her shadow.
Kate is so likeable because she is hard working, talented, and mentally and emotionally tough. Though she is going through a lot of turmoil, she remains strong and likeable.
Though she loses her father and is forced out of town, the novel is rarely incredibly dark.
This is a great book for those trying to find their inner strength or voice. Kate stumbles, but ultimately she finds what makes her special.