Incantation has ratings and reviews. J-Lynn said: This book is a beautiful telling of a horrific story. Set in Spain in , Estrella DeMadr. Oct 4, Incantation. by Alice Hoffman. “A monster is hard to see and even harder to kill. It takes time to grow so huge, time to crawl up into the open air. May 20, Echoes of the Holocaust reverberate through this 16th-century tale of a young Spanish woman who discovers through love, betrayal and.

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More By and About This Author. But they were not quite as forbidden, and Estrella made trips to see them with her mother when she went to sell her yarns.

A lifetime of friendship becomes the condemning arrow shot out of jealousy over a cousin’s kiss and a string of pearls. Fortunately most readers are not that picky. But as people in her town begin brutally murdering and punishing secret Jews, she finds out secrets about her family and herself that she never knew before.

As they say in the book “Remember the story she is about to tell you”. It is probably a bit easy for high schoolers, and boys might have a hard time relating to the story of female friendship. Alice Hoffman is known for writing fantasy books, but Incantation should be classified as historical fiction.

Terrific writing style and prose, though I have to say the dialogue being all italics instead of in “s is disconcerting. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews.

Showing of reviews. The story of a People who have had to live in disguise in order to protect their very lives. Growing up in Spain around in the village where her family has lived for years, Estrella, 16, knows that there are secrets in her home.

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Her best friend since young infants had always been the person who cheered her gloomy days and were tighter than ever. This book uses elements in lite by Stephany G “Some people say, save yourself and save your life. It also informed the readers of the kind of sacrifices Jews had to make in order to pass their traditions and religion onto the future hofffman.


Every time I sit down and read a book about the Spanish Inquisition, I’m shocked all over again. The sense of panic, love, and other emotions is so strong in this book. In addition to that she is passionately in love with Andres Catalina’s cousin yet she knows that their love is hopeless. Seriously, it was less than 2 hours concentrated reading in a period of 7 hours total.

Estrella finds that truth about her family and who she is, a hidden Jew. Respected families who were forever in service to their communities still were hunted out, hofffman of their possessions, tortured and killed in horrific ways by the monsters of ignorance and cruelty. Alice Hoffman’s beautifully crafted story is a reminder hoffma us all that so much still remains to be undertaken in our world to enlist intelligence, compassion and the goodness of the human spirit to create and provide a world of cooperation and peace.

The fact that she is Jewish is kept from her until events prevent it from remaining a secret any longer. This is a powerful story about a young girl’s awakening to the truth about her life. Robin Bentel, Marin County, Ca. I felt every bit of Estrella’s narration, very deeply. If you choose to teach the book, it would pair well with The Diary of Hovfman Frank. I am someone I would have never imagined. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we’ll send you a link to download the free Kindle App.

Preview — Incantation by Alice Hoffman. Hoffman hasn’t disappointed me yet. Bestselling author Alice Hoffman tears a page from history and melds it with mysticism to create a spellbinding, highly acclaimed tale about the persecution of Jewish incantatiin during the sixteenth century. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally.


To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. In a way this book, alone, inspired me to keep Exorcism At Midnight short and incantahion. Books by Alice Hoffman.

Grandfather, was a wise men cold at first towards Estrella, but later on sees her potential and helps ijcantation become educated, which was rare at the time. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty.

Once Catalina discovers their love she does the worst thing imaginable betrays her dear friend by turning her family in to the authorities. Although Estrella has been raised Christian, she comes to learn a deadly truth about her family that could get them all killed. Small like the bite of a bug. As neighbor turns against neighbor, and friend against friend in the search to destroy the misunderstood practice of Judaism in the midst of a Christian town, Estrella learns you cannot always trust the people you thought you knew.

Pages flew upward, disappearing, turning to embers and ash, drifting into nothingness. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. May 24, Sheri rated it really liked it Shelves: This historical fiction is a one-day read, quick and easy.


Sep 05, Judy King rated it liked it. Hofman is life and Incantation particularly expands our knowing of history and common life in general. Neighbor turned against neighbor and love was denied, based on one’s religion. In Incantations she sets you up with a young girl’s innocent observations.

It’s amazing what jealousy can do to a person.