As she did in The Foretelling, Hoffman offers another fascinating glimpse of a past civilization—with reverberations for both past and. Read Common Sense Media’s Incantation review, age rating, and parents guide. Incantation Book Poster Image Alice Hoffman · Historical Fiction; Incantation. Synopsis. An Entertainment Weekly “Books We Loved This Year” selection. Winner of the Massachusetts Book Award A Winter

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Incantation is one of the most intriguing yet realistic books in the market to date, showing the intensive life of many people during the period of Jewish hatred Is it any good? Compact Disc – Overall, it did not disappoint, and the story weaving engaged me, but I felt that I never truly got to know the characters before something drastic uncantation to them.

I was rather surprised, but decided to give it a go anyway, as the storyline sounded rather intriguing. YA historical novel [s].

When the notices are posted in the plaza on how to spot a hidden Jew, Estrella grows fearful. But if I’d been introduced to her writing through this YA novel, I don’t believe I’d have continued reading her work.

As she did in The ForetellingHoffman offers another fascinating glimpse of a past civilization—with reverberations for both past and present—in this moving novel set during the Spanish Inquisition. Catalina and her mother turn in their neighbors, and later loot their home. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. Get it now Searching for streaming and purchasing options Readers familiar with Jewish traditions may guess what Estrella does not yet know about her family: Staying with her grandfather, grandmother, mother, and brother Louis, Estrella has many questions about her life but never fully understands or gets answers about her family traditions.


I think my favorite passages all had to do with love and truth: And because she falls in love with her best friend’s cousin–the boy Catalina is suppose to marry–Catalina’s true self comes through. Incantation Alice Hoffman, Author. All her life, she has thought she was a Christian and thought she knew who she was.

Whilst not as engaging as a lot of Hoffman’s adult books, some of the writing here is lovely, particularly when she discusses colour. As the sto I love the rich true voice of Alice Hoffman — it seems as if each of her books takes me to a private moment in a corner of a well-developed moment of time. This causes severe shock in Estrella, who grows ever more distant from Catalina. See how we rate. Little things, actions, and rituals she’s known all of her life soon start making sense.

A young girls entrance into the real world of prejudice and religious inequality. At the same time it provides history, life lessons, magical twists, which make it not only pleasing to the senses, but you practically can’t lay eyes of it.

INCANTATION by Alice Hoffman | Kirkus Reviews

The parents’ guide to what’s in this book. Knowledge is life and Incantation particularly expands our knowing of history and common life in general.


It takes place in Spain, but the setting is generic in that it could have been any large city of the time. Readers will appreciate Estrella’s discovery of who she really is, her fight for survival, and her instructions that others not forget her story. It feels like poetry, but with an incredible story to go along with it.

She incanttation her first glimpse of a different side of her best friend. Truth in the darkness.

Incantation by Alice Hoffman

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Her family crosses themselves differently, doesn’t eat pork, has mysterious visit Every time I sit down and read a book about lncantation Spanish Inquisition, I’m shocked all over again.

I thought that part at least was handled well for young adult literature. Catalina had been hiding behind a mask of jealousy her whole life, and she decided to get her revenge by turning in Estrella’s family.

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