Booktalk: Plain Kate by Erin Bow

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Plain Kate

 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.

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