INCANTATION BY ALICE HOFFMAN PDF

If you want us to survive, you cannot trust a soul. Estrella de Madrigal thought she knew herself: daughter, granddaughter, dearest friend. But truth is rare in this cruel and unforgiving century in Spain, when Jews who refused conversion to Christianity risked everything--love, life, family, faith. Emerging from a cocoon of secrets, new love burns brightly, but betrayal unleashes a monstrous evil upon her. Estrella must find the strength--despite grave consequences--to become the person she is destined to be.

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If you want us to survive, you cannot trust a soul. Estrella de Madrigal thought she knew herself: daughter, granddaughter, dearest friend. But truth is rare in this cruel and unforgiving century in Spain, when Jews who refused conversion to Christianity risked everything--love, life, family, faith. Emerging from a cocoon of secrets, new love burns brightly, but betrayal unleashes a monstrous evil upon her.

Estrella must find the strength--despite grave consequences--to become the person she is destined to be. So yesterday I sat in the bath till the water got cold. I was late for my Yoga class. But I finished. Incantation takes place in Spain during the Spanish Inquisition, a time when many people were being imprisoned or killed on suspicion of heresy or practicing Judaism.

Many Jews converted to Christianity to protect themselves, but still practiced the old ways in secret. These Conversos were hunted down, not unlike the Salem Witch Trials, when a single accusation of wrongdoing was as good as a conviction.

While clues dropped throughout the book lead you to an almost certainty of this, Estrella, at her young age, remains unaware of the difference that separate her families religious practices from others. As tension builds in the city and suspected Jews are dragged away only to disappear, you can clearly see the chaos that is about to erupt.

I held my breath, waiting, just WAITING for that moment when Estrella realized the truth—that her world was NOT what she thought it once was—that she has been protected and sheltered, but lied to by those closest to her—and that the beliefs she has been taught since childhood now threaten to tear her entire family apart. There was a little bit of mysticism and magic in the book—just a touch—and light enough to blend in really well with the historical aspects.

All in all I thought this book was, for a YA book, a vivid and passionate portrayal of the terrors of the Spanish Inquisition. It sucked me in completely. My rating: 5 beautiful stars! As a historical fiction, there are some descriptions of the killing of Jewish families that were discovered.

In one sentence: Incantation is a beautifully written and haunting tale of the Spanish Inquisition told--as chaos swirls around her--through the eyes of an innocent young girl. Posted by MindySue.

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Shelves: 8th-grade Alice Hoffman is an amazing author. She has the ability to write each novel like a poem. It feels like poetry, but with an incredible story to go along with it. But each book is so extremely sad, which is a hard emotion to write. All her life, she has thought she was a Christian and thought she knew who Alice Hoffman is an amazing author. All her life, she has thought she was a Christian and thought she knew who she was.

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One day you look around and nothing is familiar, not even your own face. My name once meant daughter, granddaughter, friend, sister, beloved. Now those words mean only what their letters spell out: Star in the night sky. Truth in the darkness. I am someone I would have never imagined. A secret. A dream.

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