City of Stars (Stravaganza Series #2)

City of Stars (Stravaganza Series #2)

4.7 41
by Mary Hoffman
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

Fifteen-year-old Georgia, who loves horses as much as she hates her bullying stepbrother, buys a figurine of a winged horse and finds it has magical powers that transport her from present-day London to the sixteenth-century world of Talia where, in the city of Remora, similar to Sienna, Italy, she finds danger and intrigue as well as friendship and a chance to perfect… See more details below

Overview

Fifteen-year-old Georgia, who loves horses as much as she hates her bullying stepbrother, buys a figurine of a winged horse and finds it has magical powers that transport her from present-day London to the sixteenth-century world of Talia where, in the city of Remora, similar to Sienna, Italy, she finds danger and intrigue as well as friendship and a chance to perfect her riding skills.

Editorial Reviews

Booklist

"The lovingly created, richly detailed locales are one of the distinctive pleasures of the series, along with the subtle portrayal of both major and minor characters.…Shifts in points of view and setting…propel the story, carrying readers along for an adventurous ride. A fine sequel to the first novel."
The New York Times Book Review

"Hoffman…does a fine job with her alternate worlds [and] her winning main characters."
Bulletin of Center for Children's Books

"Watch the eyes of would-be Machiavellis shine."
Publishers Weekly
A miniature model of a winged horse (another talisman of the Stravaganti, a brotherhood of scientists who use talismans to travel between time periods) sends 15-year-old equestrian Georgia to a 16th-century version of Tuscany. Ages 10-up. (Apr.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
"Fans of the first book will find the sequel equally appealing."
Kirkus Reviews
"A compelling entry in an addictive series."
Children's Literature
Mary Hoffman's second time travel, parallel universe novel is set dually in modern day London and sixteenth century Remora, Talia, a city loosely based on the Italian city of Siena. Georgia has issues with her stepbrother, Russell. Sometimes he is so nasty she just wants to get away. When she purchases a winged horse from an old shopkeeper, Georgia finds herself farther away than she dreamed possible. She is transported four hundred years into the past. The horse is a talisman that allows her to "stravagate"—to travel back and forth through time and space. In Remora, Georgia is astounded to come upon a real winged horse, and equally astounded to find Lucien, a boy from her school who has died in her world, yet lives healthily and happily in Talia. Georgia quickly becomes embroiled in intrigue, politics, and romance in her new, fascinating world. She helps a handicapped boy from a privileged family permanently stravagate to London so that he can get the medical help he needs. The catch is that his Remoran body must die for his London body to live. A host of characters inhabit this imaginative if predictable tale. The "Straganza" series could provide plenty of material to keep Hoffman busy for years to come. 2003, Bloombury, Ages 10 to 14.
—Christopher Moning

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781582349824
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
04/28/2005
Series:
Stravaganza Series, #2
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
464
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.79(h) x 1.21(d)
Lexile:
890L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >