The Star of Kazan

The Star of Kazan

by Eva Ibbotson
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The Star of Kazan 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book has become one of my best reads. it is so heart warming from the very beginning, that you can't leave it till you read it all. Annika is a foundling who has been brought up by two servants, Ellie and Sigrid. She dreams of her real mother arriving to claim her, which really happens in the due course. but liitle does she know that she is being cruelly robbed of her priceless possessions, which are left to her by an old lady.finally, the truth is uncovered and annika's well-wishers and friends save her life. it is a must- read for all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Many of the reading suggestions for fifth- and sixth-graders at our school were written twenty or thirty years ago but Star of Kazan is recent, written in 2004. It takes place in Vienna, Austria at the end of the Austro-Hungarian empire. Young Annika, a foundling taken in by servants in a well-to-do home, dreams of the day that her true mother reclaims her.
MindySJB More than 1 year ago
This is one of my all-time favorite books. I wish I would have discovered Eva Ibbotson when I was in grade school! She weaves the most beautiful tales of friendship and family, with excellent doses of mystery and deceit thrown in to keep the reader guessing. Her tales remind me of A Little Princess and The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnette. Before that last comment leads you to think Ibbotson only writes for girls, my boys both enjoyed Star of Kazan and Dragonfly Pool and wouldn't think of Ibbotson as only a "girls' author."
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bear123 More than 1 year ago
This book takes you to a whole different world, new levels, and fun twists and turns! This book is definitrly one of my favorites!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
to start with, it was my daughter's class book club assigned book, library ran out ot the book but they offered CD instead. We started listening in the car and just hooked on it. It even made my chaotic morning easier. In mornings, she would just jump in car and wait for me to start car and put the book on. It was great. with no time we already at school. And we loved the story. the book well spoken.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My sister-in -law is a librarian for a school and each summer reads hundreds of books, and she suggested reading this book and I found it delightful to read and hoped it would continue. C.S.Lewis said if a book is really good it will be enjoyed by both an adult and a child, well this one fits. I am in my 50s and my mom is in her 70s and I gave it to a friend who is 16 and we all enjoyed it. In the book Ellie is a cook and Sigrid as a housemaid and they find a baby in a small white church in the mountains with a note pinned on, and so begins the story of little Annika. Try it, you will like it.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is very good. It has suspense, when you are waiting for Annika to relize that she is being lied to. I really think Mrs. Ibbotson did a great job.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Eva Ibbotsons' books whether it be ghosts and witches, or a trip down the amazon she is a great writer and when I read The Star of Kazan I wanted to scream out my excitment! Over all this is one of her best books ever!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I didn't think I was going to like it when I read the back cover, but I was wrong. It was a pretty good book after all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the second Eva Ibbotson book I've read, and It just amazed me. I am a bookworm, and I've learnd that the ol' 'don't judge a book by it's cover' thing isn't always that true... but WOW! This really exceeded my expectations. I really recognized a lot of the characters as some of my own freinds and relatives, others as the voices inside me. I hung to the book, page by page, bareley stopping 'til I was through. At each new turn of the tale, I Held my breath, gasped, or let out a sigh of releif as the text required. O, how I love this book... may it be treasured for years to come!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have grown up reading children's books (I'm currently in college) and since working at B&N I have been introduced to some amazing new works in this genre. I firmly believe that some of the best fiction today is being written for children, and this particular book has handily affirmed that view. This is the beautifully written story of Annika, a girl who was abandoned as an infant in a Vienna church and adopted by two servants in the home of three kind professors. The story is essentially a mystery in which readers are presented with many beguiling and unsettling clues about Annika's new life when her mother comes to claim her. I was enraptured by the characters, the plot, and the descriptions of Vienna. Ibbotson perfectly describes the charm of this European cultural center, and I found myself wishing that I was there! It's a lovely book, and I reccomend it to children and adults alike.