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Incantation by Alice Hoffman

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Incantation by Alice Hoffman

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Incantation by Alice Hoffman is about a Jewish girl named Estrella de Magdrigal who lived in Spain in the 1500s, the time of the Spanish Inquisition. Estrella had to face many dangers because she and her family had been pretending to be Christian. Estrella does not know about the lie she and her family had been living.

Parts of the book made me feel grief stricken, and even though I found it difficult to read about the horrors Estrella experienced, I could not put the book down. She watched the Spanish soldiers torture her grandfather by forcing him to eat Estrella's pet pig. His beliefs did not allow him to give in to the soldiers and she watched as he was killed. Her mother Abra and her brother Luis were both burned to death. I was impressed by Estrella's strength and saddened that she had to grow up so quickly.

There were other parts of the book that I could really relate to: I could imagine what she felt like when she played with her pet. …

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