The Medici Seal by Theresa Breslin

The Medici Seal

Written by Theresa Breslin

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Shortlisted for the Booktrust Teenage Prize 2007. An epic adventure, full of intrigue, murder, revenge and betrayal, set in Leonardo da Vinci's Italy. Gloriously rich and authentic it provides a wonderful glimpse into the world of da Vinci through a young boy who carries a secret that some people will kill for. The Medici Seal has great crossover appeal as I enjoyed it just as much as my 13 year old daughter. Enjoy.


The Medici Seal by Theresa Breslin

This story is set in Romagna, Italy in the year 1502. Fleeing from the murderous brigand Sandino, Matteo - a young boy - is saved from drowning by the companions of Leonardo da Vinci. From this moment on, Matteo is at da Vinci’s side as he carries out his work, which ranges from the painting of magnificent frescos to intricate dissection of the human body. But Leonardo is employed by Cesare Borgia, head of one of Italy's leading families. Cruel and ruthless, the Borgia punishes without mercy those who oppose him or who threaten him in any way. And as da Vinci and Matteo travel across Italy on the Borgia's business, murder, deceit and revenge follow in their trail. For Matteo carries with him a secret - a secret that both the Borgia and Medici families would kill to obtain. A life-changing secret that must, finally, come to light for all to see…

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A brilliantly written story . . . rich in its details and epic in its sweep -- Tom Gatti * The Times * This is such an excellent book * The School Librarian * Another very satisfying book from an accomplished novellist * Carousel * A swiftly paced and richly constructed tale * Waterstones Books Quarterly *

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Theresa Breslin

Theresa Breslin is the critically acclaimed author of over 30 books for children and young adults whose work has been filmed for television, broadcast on radio, and is read world-wide in many languages. A respected contributor to professional journals, she is passionate about children’s literature and literacy. She travels extensively, doing research for her books and speaking at international conferences and book festivals.

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496 pages


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5th April 2007




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