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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This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. For Your Family Log in Sign me up. It’s a good learning tool about the conflict of religions and the time period of the inquisition, but does little for geography or the Spanish language.

Alice Hoffman did an excellent job of letting us witness the evil of the world through innocent eyes. What are some symbols used in Incantation? Stay up to date on new reviews.

Incantation by Alice Hoffman

You think it should feel like honey, but instead it cuts like a knife. 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 generation. Andres, the love of Estrella’s life, was kind, humble, handsome, and the one who got Incantatiln and her mother through the difficult journey.

A young girls entrance into the real world of prejudice and religious inequality. May 29, Elizabeth rated it really liked it.

I had no incnatation that Hoffman had written any books for ‘young adults’ when I requested this from the library. Alice Hoffman Historical Fiction Grandmother, Estrella fearful towards her, but later on she is the only strand of hope that leaves her Grandmother alive. When her grandfather and Estrella begin to bond more than ever he gets taken away from his family members.


She and her best friend, Catalina, are as close as can be, her brother is studying to be a priest, and her grandfather is a respected teacher. The setting of the Spanish town and the determination of everyone to be devoutly Catholic, so as not to be thought Jewish, was riveting and tense. Her brother is away at seminary studying to be a priest. Suddenly, many of the traditions her family upholds behind closed doors begin to make sense to her.

She caught her first glimpse of a different side of her best friend. It’s haunting and beautifully written, in a way that gets deep into your soul until you feel like all you want to do is cry.


Incantation – Alice Hoffman – 5 Stars 8 21 Oct 28, Now those words mean only what their letters spell out; Star in the night sky. I love the rich true voice of Alice Hoffman — it seems as if each of her books takes me to bh private moment in a corner of a well-developed moment of time. But not a light that would make her believe her own best friend would destroy her family.

Read more from the Study Guide. True words, indeed, though this book is probably difficult to forget, anyway.

Synopsis – Alice Hoffman

While historically accurate, it may be hard to read about them. See how we rate. 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.

How is reading a story like this different than reading a history textbook? Since the dangerous situation of being a Jew has raised in Spain their family had hidden who they are from friends and her. October 1, Number hoffmab pages: To ask other readers questions about Incantationplease sign up. Estrella curses Catalina for her betrayal. A nice pre-read for Elie Wiesel’s Nightin that respect. Open Preview See a Problem?


She struggles in vain to help her family, and cling to what little hope she has left. Full review is on Book Babe: Return to Book Page. I would buy this for a middle school library without any qualms, and it should be found in any high school. So I wasn’t convinced this was the Spanish Inquisition. This book uses elements in lite by Stephany G “Some people say, save yourself and save your life.

The slim book packs a powerful story complete with secrets, betrayal, forbidden love, and torture. This causes severe shock in Estrella, who grows ever more distant from Catalina.

Alice Hoffman is an amazing author. May 03, Carol Ward rated it it was amazing. Catalina and Estrella have been growing apart. 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 the novel progresses, Estrella’s friendship with Catalina becomes strained over Andres, Catalina’s cousin, whom she intends to marry. As others have said, this is a well written book about a little-known period in time.

They are Jews living as Christians during the Spanish Inquisition era.