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Publisher's Summary

Estrella deMadrigal thought she knew herself: daughter, granddaughter, sister, dearest friend, beloved. She is Star in the Night Sky, Truth in the Darkness. But truth is rare and precious in this cruel and unforgiving century in Spain, when Jews who refused conversion to Christianity risked everything - love, life, family, faith.Then: A startling discovery shakes Estrella's world to the core. And yet, it is something small and sweet that sets it aflame. A kiss. A kiss from someone she is forbidden to love.As a new girl emerges from the cocoon of secrets in which she has been shrouded, passion burns and friendship crumbles - and betrayal unleashes a monstrous evil from the very deepest part of the earth. Estrella crosses over to a place she never thought she could go; she becomes someone she never could have imagined.Remember the story she is about to tell you.
©2006 Alice Hoffman; (P)2006 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Alice Hoffman's historical novel is brought to life compellingly in Jenna Lamia's subtly accented reading." (School Library Journal)
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By Amazon Customer on 12-26-08

Really Enjoyed

I am a fan of the narrator, Jenna Lamia. That is how I found this book. I did not realize it is a book for children. I loved it, especially for children, as well as for adults. It is about Spanish Jews who were persecuted. It is a good thing to let our children learn history as seen from a child's eyes.

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By Idaho Grandma on 10-06-15

Disappointing, extreme, explicit violence

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I would continue on with the heroine's story and follow her into Austria with the people who accompanied her out of her hometown.

What was most disappointing about Alice Hoffman’s story?

I found this book to have a very thin story line. Instead of being centered on the romance between the heroine and the neighbor's male cousin it seemed to be all about how the family was eradicated and the persecution of the Jews. Not that this was not a worthy subject but I kept waiting for some sort of ending. Not necessarily happy, but something with closure. Instead, we see the heroine heading off into the sunset with big dreams. The narrator was excellent, kudos to her. I loved listening to her voice. She was very succinct and her pronunciations (sp?) were perfect.

What about Jenna Lamia’s performance did you like?

Everything, great job.

Could you see Incantation being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Yes, if a suitable ending was added to complete the continuation of the story.

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