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Stravaganza: City of Stars
     

Stravaganza: City of Stars

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by Mary Hoffman
 

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Georgia is an ordinary girl, living in London with her mother, stepfather, and bully of a stepbrother, and coping with the difficulties of growing up. But her life takes a sudden change when she buys a tiny figurine of a winged horse, and suddenly finds herself swept up into the world of the Stravagante. The tiny horse becomes her magical time-travel talisman and

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Georgia is an ordinary girl, living in London with her mother, stepfather, and bully of a stepbrother, and coping with the difficulties of growing up. But her life takes a sudden change when she buys a tiny figurine of a winged horse, and suddenly finds herself swept up into the world of the Stravagante. The tiny horse becomes her magical time-travel talisman and transports her to Remora, the Talian parallel to the city of Siena, Italy. There she meets Lucien, the Stravagante we first met in City of Masks, and many other fascinating people who are in the midst of preparing for the Stellata, the annual horse race run each year in the city. Intrigue, romance, and the rare appearance of a true winged horse ensure an exciting adventure to rival the first in this captivating series.

Editorial Reviews

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.
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
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-This second volume of the trilogy continues the story begun in City of Masks (Bloomsbury, 2002). Georgia, a 15-year-old with a hateful older stepbrother, finds herself transported to 16th-century Talia (Italy), when she goes to sleep holding a little winged horse figure she bought in an antique shop. She awakes in a barn where a coveted, rare winged horse has just been born. She quickly finds herself involved in the intrigues and conflicts between rival families and the preparation for the Stellata, the annual horse race among the competitive elite families. The di Chimici family is seeking to extend its power and control and sees the race as another step in reaching that goal. At the same time, its patriarch is devastated by an accident that left his youngest son, Falco, crippled. When Falco, dismayed at his now limited future, meets Georgia and learns that she can travel across time and place, he resolves to stravagate permanently to her time, where modern medicine may be able to give him a normal life. Georgia eventually helps him to get to England, but his transition to life there seems somewhat contrived and too neatly resolved. The book climaxes with the horse race and Falco's death in his own time when he becomes a modern-day boy. The concept of stravagation is appealing and is used well to create an adventure tale that takes readers back into the 16th century with all its drama. Fans of the first book will find the sequel equally appealing.-Jane G. Connor, South Carolina State Library, Columbia Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
This second exploration of the dimension of the "stravagantes" sets their wider political intrigues in a more intimate personal context. London teen Georgia affects a punk bravado in the face of unpopularity, an abusive stepbrother, and the recent death of Lucien, her secret crush. But Lucien has actually "stravagated" to a fantastic parallel Renaissance Italy; Georgia discovers she shares this power, landing in Remora (an analog of our Siena), and allying herself to one of the factions in the city's annual horse race. She also finds Lucien neck-deep in the maneuverings linking the race to the struggle against the powerful Chemici (i.e., Medici) clan. Toss in a handsome jockey, a crippled Chemici prince, espionage, political betrothals, kidnapping, and a miraculous winged horse, and there is almost too much plot; but Hoffman keeps a tight control on the various conflicts as they climax spectacularly at the race. The background is so rich with fascinating tidbits that the characters can nearly become lost, but Georgia remains appealing, realistically flawed yet likable and determined. A fine read on its own, and a compelling entry in an addictive series. (Fantasy. 11+)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599907673
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
02/01/2011
Series:
Stravaganza , #2
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
464
Sales rank:
774,412
File size:
3 MB
Age Range:
12 Years

Meet the Author


Mary Hoffman is the author of Amazing Grace and other wonderful books for children. The Stravaganza series is an exciting new direction for her acclaimed writing.

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 Stars (Stravaganza Series #2) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book that I recommend to anyone who wants a good book to read in the summer. I couldn't stop reading it. This is an exceptually good read that draws the unsupecting reader into its fantasy world, interesting characters, and stories of flying horses. It is no wonder why Mary Hoffman chose to add a second book to her Stravaganza series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great book, don't get me wrong. But I expected more from the winged horse. Even though it's on the cover, the star of it all, the horse only appears to me as a vague character weaved into the tale to save the day, nothing more. Then it's hooray, hooray, the horse has finally made a real appearance and then the book ends. I did like the new stravagante, though, but hoped that the story would focus a little more on Lucien rather than the new character. I know I shouldn't include the cover in my rating, but I think the cover is awesome. It's what attracted me over to that section of the library.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ok, let me just say that I loved City of Masks. I thought that the writing could've been a little better, but it was still a good book. When I went and bought this copy however, I was confused. Because this story is about a horse and horse race, it really only appeals to a certain group of people. Also, in this book you knew nothing, however the character did and this made it hard to follow. When I read the first book, the character knew nothing either, so you could learn in this book. If you ask me, skip this book and go straight to city of flowers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutly love this book, It drew me in so fast as well as the first book. Hoffman writes so vividly about Talia and the stravaganti you can't help but get drawn in the story and wonder about what will happen next. I can't wait to start the third book. And i really wish there was more books in the series. In my opinion, way better than Harry Potter by a long shot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She looks at RockClan. "Spiritstar!" She mews, looking at the leader.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She watched EmberClan. <p> Thunderwind yawned.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bramblestar watched his old clan. <p> Pebblepaw watched his brother sadly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Kinda usless know being a spirit and all"he meowed joke like
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Soared into the sky
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the whole seriein like two months
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I actually read this book before the first book in the series. Your heart really goes out for Georgia, but what is really exceptional about her is that she is not just another &quot;lucky&quot; heroine--she is an active participant in shaping her own fate, despite the circumstances, and that makes her a truly likable heroine. She and Lucien are probably my two favorite characters in the entire series. This book really does work as a stand-alone novel--I had no idea this was part of a series until long after I had finished City of Stars. The story really draws you in, and you will never be able to indifferently walk past an antiques' shop ever again. Overall, this is truly a great read.
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Athena4Books More than 1 year ago
I wrote a review for the first book in the series and notice i still continue to praise it. Definatly cant wait for the next one!!!!
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Saraffina More than 1 year ago
This book swept me away in it's magic. I recommend it!
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