The Demon Catchers of Milan

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The haunting action of The Exorcist set against the same background as Letters to Juliet—the beauty, food, and culture of Italy. New in paperback.

Mia is your average American teenager—she struggles with algebra, doesn't get much attention from boys, and has an overbearing Italian-American dad. But when a tortured and vengeful demon possesses her, she learns the truth of her family's heritage. She is descended from a long line of demon catchers...

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Overview

The haunting action of The Exorcist set against the same background as Letters to Juliet—the beauty, food, and culture of Italy. New in paperback.

Mia is your average American teenager—she struggles with algebra, doesn't get much attention from boys, and has an overbearing Italian-American dad. But when a tortured and vengeful demon possesses her, she learns the truth of her family's heritage. She is descended from a long line of demon catchers from Milan, Italy.

Her relatives exorcise the demon from her body, but it manages to evade their capture. With the demon on the loose, Mia is in grave danger. Her uncle convinces her father that she must move to Milan, to the family's home, the only place where she will be safe. Thrust into a foreign culture and alone among strangers who claim to be her family, Mia tries to makes sense of this bizarre new world. But with a powerful demon chasing after her, will she even get the chance?

*"The demons themselves are haunting, multifaceted creatures that are both pathetic and extremely dangerous; the evil they project is complex and pain-ridden. . . . [T]he novel's other elements (the food will have readers salivating), is portrayed in exquisite, affectionate detail." - Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"The possession that takes place in the opening pages makes it immediately clear that the demons here are no campy, Buffy-styled hellions but rather the old-school type of Luciferean offspring that turned poor Linda Blair's head a full 360 degrees and spawned Rosemary's baby." - The Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books

Also available in hardcover (ISBN: 978-1-60684-314-7) and e-book (ISBN: 978-1-60684-315-4) formats.

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Kirkus Reviews
To the recent crop of strong debuts in an overcrowded literary arena add this series opener, a tale of demonic possession and a centuries-old family trade in exorcism. Life in Mia's loving, if overprotective, Italian-American family is upended when a horrifying demon enters and nearly kills her. After Giuliano Della Torre and his grandson Emilio, long-estranged relatives from Milan, arrive and drive it out, they talk Mia's reluctant parents into letting her return to Italy with them. For her safety, she's sequestered in the family's home and adjacent candle shop. Studying Italian history and language, Mia comes to love her family (including some of its ghosts) and heritage, even the scary bits, but she increasingly resents confinement, longing to explore this rich new world. Cliché-free characters--patriarch Giuliano, his wife Laura, gorgeous Emilio and his sister, Francesca, especially--appear to have lives of their own beyond serving the needs of the plot. The demons themselves are haunting, multifaceted creatures that are both pathetic and extremely dangerous; the evil they project is complex and pain-ridden. Fortunately Mia demonstrates a strong gift for the family trade, which, like the novel's other elements (the food will have readers salivating), is portrayed in exquisite, affectionate detail. This one goes to the head of the class. (Fantasy. 12 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606844274
  • Publisher: EgmontUSA
  • Publication date: 10/14/2014
  • Pages: 304
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Kat Beyer is an artist who lives in Madison, WI. She has an M.A. in medieval history and has loved all things Italian for as long as she can remember. The Demon Catchers of Milan is her first novel. You can visit her online at www.katspaw.com. The author lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

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