I'd read good reviews of Plain Kate on Amazon and book blogs, but I just wasn't all that impressed. This is a children's book with a great message on prejudice and with a semi-historical anti-witch-burning feel to it, but it was just plain weird. I know it was a work of fiction/magic/fantasy, and I have read stranger things, but it didn't work for me. Too dark. I have nothing against the writing, I just don't think this is my kind of book. Granted, this book does have one character that almost makes the entire books worth the read: a talking cat. I'm not generally into silly, talking-animal sidekicks, but this cat had me laughing out loud. It almost makes up for the rest. But not quite.