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City of Stars (Stravaganza Series #2)
     

City of Stars (Stravaganza Series #2)

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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 all that changes when she buys a tiny figurine in the form of a winged horse and suddenly finds herself swept up into the world of the Stravagante. Her talisman, the figurine, transports her to Remora the Talian

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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 all that changes when she buys a tiny figurine in the form of a winged horse and suddenly finds herself swept up into the world of the Stravagante. Her talisman, the figurine, transports her to Remora the Talian parallel to 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 city's annual horse race. 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

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

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 1.22(d)
Lexile:
890L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 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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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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