Stravaganza: City Of Stars (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) by Mary Hoffman, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
Stravaganza: City Of Stars (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

Stravaganza: City Of Stars (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

by Mary Hoffman
     
 

Georgia is an ordinary girl, living in London with her mother, stepfather, and bully of a stepbrother. 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.

Overview

Georgia is an ordinary girl, living in London with her mother, stepfather, and bully of a stepbrother. 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.

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.
Kirkus Reviews
"A compelling entry in an addictive series."
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."

School Library Journal
"Fans of the first book will find the sequel equally appealing."
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."

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781417744756
Publisher:
Demco Media
Publication date:
04/01/2005
Series:
Stravaganza Series, #2
Edition description:
THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
Pages:
457
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.60(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 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.

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