Kat, Incorrigible / A Most Improper Magick

Book one of The Unladylike Adventures of Kat Stephenson (Kat, Incorrigible).

Cover of 'Kat, Incorrigible'

At twelve years old, any proper young lady should be sitting quietly at home, practicing her embroidery, learning French, and keeping her mouth closed and her opinions to herself.

But Kat Stephenson is no ordinary young lady.

Kat's father may be a respectable vicar, but her late mother was a notorious witch, her brother has gambled the whole family into debt, and Kat herself is the newest target of an ancient and secretive magical Order.

Now Kat's ready to do whatever it takes to win all three of her older siblings their true loves, even if she has to battle highwaymen, practise magic, and break all of Society's rules along the way.

The first Kat Stephenson adventure was published August 1, 2010 in the UK as A Most Improper Magick and was published April 5, 2011 in the US and Canada as Kat, Incorrigible. You can find out more about the characters, read the first three chapters, or go behind the scenes.

The US/Canadian paperback edition of Kat, Incorrigible was published April 3, 2012.

The French edition was published May 10, 2013 as Kat, Apprentie Magicienne Tome I.

Awards and Honors

In the UK, A Most Improper Magick came out in 2010 and won the Waverton Good Read Children's Award for best début novel by a British children's writer. It was also chosen by Booktrust for its 2012 Bookbuzz book-gifting scheme for Year 7 students across the UK. In addition, it was longlisted for the British Fantasy Award for Best Fantasy Novel and the Branford Boase Award for best début children's novel by a British children's writer.

In the US, Kat Incorrigible came out in 2011 and was chosen by VOYA for their list of Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers 2011. It was also chosen by the Children's Book Committee at the Bank Street College of Education for its Best Books of 2012 list for 12- to 14-year-olds, it has been named a Top 40 Pick for the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association, and it was included on the Spring 2011 Kids' Indie Next list, as well as being nominated as an ALA/ALSC Notable Children’s Book in the Fiction category for the 2012 Award Year.

For Teachers and Reading Groups

Simon & Schuster has put up a teacher's guide and reading group questions for Kat, Incorrigible (a.k.a., A Most Improper Magick).

You can download a PDF of the teacher's guide, or read the Reading Group questions here.

Art Note: the cover artist for the US/CA edition is Annette Marnat; the cover artist for the UK edition is Anne-Yvonne Gilbert. I love them both! Which do you prefer?

Where to buy

Buy online in the UK

Amazon.co.uk
The Book Depository
Blackwells
Foyles
Waterstones

Buy online in the USA

IndieBound
Barnes & Noble
Amazon.com

Buy online in France

Amazon.fr

What they said

"A spunky heroine, lots of magic, and Regency romance conventions give this story plenty of zest."

The Horn Book Guide

" I LOVED Kat: she's unladylike, stubborn, smart, brave, resourceful, annoying (as only a youngest sister can be), and thoroughly charming."

Teens Read Too, Gold Star Award review