The Vanishing Point

The Vanishing Point

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by Louise Hawes
     
 

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In lush, glowing prose, Louise Hawes’s historical novel draws readers into the life and art of sixteenth-century Bologna with a compelling account of Lavinia Fontana, arguably the most famous female painter of the Italian Renaissance. Here readers will find a coming-of-age story filled with quest, complication, and catastrophe as well as miracles and hope.

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In lush, glowing prose, Louise Hawes’s historical novel draws readers into the life and art of sixteenth-century Bologna with a compelling account of Lavinia Fontana, arguably the most famous female painter of the Italian Renaissance. Here readers will find a coming-of-age story filled with quest, complication, and catastrophe as well as miracles and hope. Although the novel is set four hundred years ago, the hard choices it involves speak to all times, all places, and are sure to tap into readers’ own conflicts between head and heart, real life and dreams.

Editorial Reviews

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Fans of historical fiction will lose themselves in Hawes' sumptuously evoked Renaissance Italy, and aspiring artists will respond to Vini's amazement at "how full of drawings the world is." —Booklist, ALA, Boxed Review

Hawes takes what is known of her (Lavinia Fontana, daughter of the painter Prospero Fontana) life and creates a fictionalized tale of a complicated adolescence. —Kirkus Reviews

This book is a good choice for middle school students and will appeal especially to girls who can relate to its strong, female protagonist. —VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780547347943
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
09/24/2007
Sold by:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
1,209,578
File size:
531 KB
Age Range:
10 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Louise Hawes is the author of many novels for young adults and is also a faculty member of the Spalding University MFA in Writing program. She has always loved fairy tales and says that Black Pearls was written for “everyone who dances without looking at the clock.” She lives in North Carolina.

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The Vanishing Point 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Indy25 More than 1 year ago
Hannah Powers, an educated girl from England, loses her beloved sister May to an arranged marriage in the New World, but eventually makes her way to the colonies to find her sister and experience the wilderness for herself. May leaves behind a wounded husband, who struggles to cope with loss and the arrival of Hannah. Drama ensues. In the end, this story is a tragedy. All the leads cruelly manipulate each other's lives resulting in their own or their beloved's suffering. One character in particular, the abused husband Gabriel, is a sympathetic character throughout and does not deserve the conclusion the author gives him. I was so furious with the 3rd act of this novel that I nearly threw it away. My frustrations aside, I have to wonder if I recommended this story, would anyone enjoy it? For the breadth of historical research and fascinating time period, it is certainly a worthy read. Other readers have mentioned the jarring changes in character perspective throughout-I didn't find this to be particularly bothersome and it is easy enough to piece together the plot. But I cannot recommend a book that makes the reader feel wanting at the end, and this one does just that.
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Emanual Henry More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It made me fan of this author and of historical fiction.
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This was the first free book that was worth reading. Good plot, not too predictable.
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