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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Estrella’s mother, Abra, reminds Estrella that all people are in the end, the same, and will all go to the same green garden. These are good people who attend her church. It is probably a bit easy for high schoolers, and boys might have a hard time relating to the story of female friendship.

As the story of her family and neighbors unfold, Estrella learns that her secret name is Esther — the Queen who saved her people, and that comes to this girl, too, as the inquisition with it’s ensuing fear tightens around her. Inacntation interesting novel, but not one which I would I had no idea incantqtion Hoffman had written any books for ‘young adults’ when I requested this from the library.

A nice pre-read for Elie Wiesel’s Nightin that respect. I miss watching her world over her shoulder now that I’ve finished the book The wrong person finds out and you can imagine the rest. In addition to that she is passionately in love with Andres Catalina’s cousin yet she knows that their love is hopeless. Common Sense is a nonprofit organization. What pointless and horrid brutality. Her brother is away at seminary studying to be a priest.

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When all seems right, Estrella’s best friend Catalina rushes her to the plaza where something exciting is happening. And though I’ve read a story with this theme and plot before, it still alicee me. The parents’ guide to what’s in this book.

Synopsis – Alice Hoffman

I mean, clearly, that is when it is supposed to be set, but something about incantatlon language and the freedom enjoyed by Estrella and Catalina just didn’t feel like s to me. Her simplicity is masterful. For young Estrella, living in Encaleflora, Spain is all she’s ever known.

We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. Copyrights Incantation from Gale. Hoffman’s usual poetic style seems stilted in this work, and while the bas Now, don’t get me wrong, I love Alice Hoffman; she’s one of my favorite writers!

At the same time, the government sends out a call for citizens to report false Christians. Hoffman’s usual poetic style seems stilted in this work, and while the basics of the plot are good, it isn’t quite captivating enough. Until Catalina catches her with Andres. It all starts with the burning books of a Jewish man who lives behind the gated part of town, where all the Jews who refuse to renounce their belief live. It’s not a long book, but it is a very heavy and emotional story.


The content on Hebrew traditions was very enlightening, especially some I had never heard of, like lighting the menorah at sundown on Fridays; the night approaching the Sabbath. As a student of history, it’s historical setting has forced me to understand how easily the dark side of human nature can create terror and destruction.


The Rules of Magic. It feels like poetry, but with an incredible story to go along with it. Our ratings are based on child development best practices. In Incantations she sets you up with a young girl’s innocent observations. Continue reading Show less. You think it should feel like honey, but instead it cuts like a knife.

Incantation compared to other books available shows the beliefs of a Jew and what the limitations to their religion that doesn’t allow them much freedom or they are given the horrible penalty of death.

As others have said, this is a well written book about a little-known period in time. I gave this book 4 stars instead of 5 because I personally wanted more at the end.

I will still be who I am.


Estrella and her grandmother, along with Andres’s help, decide incangation leave Spain once and for all. It’s steeped in ritual and poignancy – a slice of life in a terrible time in history.

Staying with hoffmzn grandfather, grandmother, mother, and brother Louis, Estrella has many questions about her life but never fully understands or gets answers about her family traditions.

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 I actually got teary-eyed at the end of this book, which is unusual for me!