Stravaganza: City of Flowers

Stravaganza: City of Flowers

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by Mary Hoffman
     
 

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The Stravaganza series returns with ever-more-dangerous politics and intrigue. Sky, a new Stravagante, is whisked away from his dreary life in London to Giglia, the Talian version of Florence. Featuring favorite characters from the first two titles in the series, including Georgia and Falco, as well as a host of exciting new characters, this breathtaking

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The Stravaganza series returns with ever-more-dangerous politics and intrigue. Sky, a new Stravagante, is whisked away from his dreary life in London to Giglia, the Talian version of Florence. Featuring favorite characters from the first two titles in the series, including Georgia and Falco, as well as a host of exciting new characters, this breathtaking adventure will not disappoint.
But beware-in the beautiful City of Flowers, much that seems beautiful is in fact poisonous...

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Stravaganza: City of Flowers by Mary Hoffman wraps up the trilogy begun with City of Masks (about which PW said, "The Renaissance backdrop [and Venetian-style city] set an elegant mood for the time-travel toggling"). Here, a small blue glass bottle (another talisman of the Stravaganti) sends teenage Sky, whose mother is suffering from an illness, back to Giglia (the City of Flowers) in Talia-he even meets Lucien Mulholland from the launch title. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
The latest book in the "Stravaganza" series (others are City of Masks and City of Stars) introduces Sky Meadows, a London teen, as the newest Stravagante, or member of a select society of time travelers who are transported back and forth between present-day London and sixteenth-century Talia (very much like Italy) and especially Giglia (very much like Florence, but not quite). Sky and a few classmates from his comprehensive school are drawn into feuds between the ruling di Chimici family (very much like the Medici) and the Nuccis (Pittis). The action involves murders, a near poisoning, a lavish quadruple wedding, and the terrible revenge of the Chimicis on their enemies. In between, the Londoners deal with school, romances, and various personal problems at home. It's an exhausting life, but supernatural helpers like a winged horse or mental fields of force help in a pinch. One of the former young Londoners will actually become a Duke when he marries the beautiful Arianna, Duchessa of Bellezza (very much like Venice). For those having trouble keeping the huge cast of characters straight, Hoffman thoughtfully provides a detailed family tree and explains its relationship to the real Medicis. Teens who enjoyed the previous adventures of the Stravaganti will love the tangled details and the intrigue; those who do not relish alternate worlds may find the nearly 500 pages tedious, especially the rather boring and predictable London parts. They may even wonder why the author did not just write a historical novel set in post-Renaissance Italy. 2005, Bloomsbury, Ages 10 to 16.
—Barbara L. Talcroft
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-In this third installment in the series, Sky Meadows, a London teen, finds himself drawn magically to a land called Talia, which resembles Italy of the 1500s. Brought to the city of Giglia by a monk named Brother Sulien, Sky learns that he is one of a secret fellowship of Stravaganti, people who can travel between certain times, places, and dimensions. Sky, along with several other London Stravaganti teenagers, quickly becomes enmeshed in Giglian intrigue; when the ruthless Duke Niccol di Chimici decides not only to marry off all his sons in a grand ceremony, but also to ask for the unwilling Duchessa Arianna Rossi's hand in marriage, a feud erupts, and the Stravaganti have their hands full trying to halt the bloodshed. Readers who are new to the series will have a hard time keeping the bewilderingly large cast of characters straight and will have many questions about issues that fans of the series already understand or take for granted-why does Arianna always wear a mask? How are the Stravaganti "chosen?" Sky, son of a white single mom and an absent black rock star, is an engaging character with worries of his own, and the world of Talia is presented in vivid sensory detail that immediately sweeps readers into the story. Arianna is not a particularly compelling character in this installment, but the swirling intrigue, romance, and deadly feuding will keep fans happy. A must if you already have the first two books in your collection.-Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A crackerjack conclusion to a superior historical fantasy trilogy. British teen Sky Meadow has his hands full taking care of his invalid mother when an antique perfume bottle sends him to a magical alternate Renaissance Italy as the newest "Stravaganti." Masquerading as a novice friar, Sky is tasked with preventing violence between the rival families of Giglia (the equivalent of Florence), as the di Chimici (Medici) clan prepares to cement their dominance through multiple dynastic weddings. But the Machiavellian Duke Niccolo also has plans for the young Duchessa of precariously independent Bellezza (Venice), embroiling the Stravaganti and their allies in labyrinthine plots and counterplots. Hoffman sensuously evokes a world drenched in sunshine, perfume and the glitter of gems and lace, where scientific and artistic brilliance intermingle with poverty, cruelty and political vendettas. While character development is perfunctory, nobody will care; not when feuds, floods, tournaments, banquets, poisonings, spies, sculptors, rock stars, princes, orphans, weddings, stabbings and a final climactic duel supercharge a narrative which somehow manages to artfully resolve the plot threads of all three volumes. Bonus: Fans should flock to the history section to investigate the fascinating setting. (Fantasy. 11+)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599907697
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
02/01/2011
Series:
Stravaganza , #3
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
512
Sales rank:
512,239
File size:
3 MB
Age Range:
10 Years

Meet the Author



Mary Hoffman is the author of the first two Stravaganza books, City of Masks and City of Stars, as well as more than eighty other books for children. For the Stravaganza series, Mary traveled to Italy many times to research the history of each setting. Mary has three grown daughters and lives with her husband in Oxfordshire, England.
Mary Hoffman is an acclaimed children's writer and critic. She is the author of the bestselling picture book Amazing Grace. Her Stravaganza sequence for Bloomsbury is so popular it has 80 current stories on Fanfiction.net. Her previous books for Bloomsbury also include: The Falconer's Knot (shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Award and winner of the French Prix Polar Jeunesse 2009), Troubadour (nominated for the 2010 Carnegie Medal) and most recently David, a rich and epic tale based upon the creation of Michaelangelo's renowned statue of David. Mary lives with her husband in West Oxfordshire. To follow Mary's thoughts on books and writing, go to http://bookmavenmary.blogspot.com

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City of Flowers (Stravaganza Series #3) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
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I like the suspense action and everything in it
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the kind of book which sweeps you up and makes you live in the story for days after you read it. After the first two books in the series it is no disappointment. It's exactly what teenagers need!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was AMAZING! it was so fast paced, exciting, and sweet, but its just killing me to wait and see if another one is coming out! i love all the stravagante and the extravagent weddings and old world italy and just EVERYTHING!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is superbly written. I have read alot of books but this one is the best. The book is about Sky, a boy whose dad is famous and whose mom is very ill. He then is sent to the world of Taila, the counter part of Italy. There he makes many new friends. In our world he also makes friends with past Stravaganti the people who move between worlds. This book also finished nicely- all the loose ends of the last two books are tied, and it has all the old main characters in it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is about Sky Meadows, who becomes a Stravagante, and gets to meet all our favorite characters from the previous books. The DiChimici and Nuccio are still at war with each other, but this time, the dispute is so violent, there is actually blood shed! I hate cliff hangers, though, and this ending certainly has kept me anxiously awaiting the next book...
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It was by far the best in the series. But I absolutely hate the character Georgia, so this was obviously much better in my opinion than the last one. But anyway, this book was a tad bit confusing, with all the jumps between Sky, Georgia, Luciano, and the diChimicis, but I HEART these books!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! the series is really amazing, i especially liked that this book included the other characters we liked in the 1st and 2nd book.This book is about Sky a teen who is overwhelmed with his life and needs a break.Relif comes in the form of a perfume bottle.From then on the action and mystery unfold to makethe greatest Stravaganza yet!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was a well written book and a good sequel to the first to books. I am a bit disappointed with the ending because I believe *some* characters have now faded out of the series. Arianna's and Luciano's roles are very satisfying and we are introduced to several new staravante. All in all a good book! visit the Stravaganza website: www.stravaganza.co.uk
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is such a great book and i cant stop reading it im half way done and its so fun! so get this book and all the others in this sieries!