Stravaganza: City of Secrets by Mary Hoffman

Stravaganza: City of Secrets

Written by Mary Hoffman
Part of the Stravaganza Series

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A breathtaking and thrilling part contemporary, part historical novel set in England and in Italy that’s full of intrigue, adventure, magic and excitement. The plot is poignant and touching and the characters richly hewed and the vivid and suspenseful time travel provides a wonderful backdrop for the many adventures that ensue.

Below is a list of the Stavaganza series books to date in order of publication. Just click on a title to find out more.

1) City of Masks

4) City of Secrets
5) City of Ships
6) City of Swords


Stravaganza: City of Secrets by Mary Hoffman

Matt is dyslexic and extremely intelligent. When he is unexpectedly transported to the Scriptorium of Padavia (real-life Padua) University, he discovers he is a Stravagante who can travel through time using his talisman, a leather-bound book.

To find out more about Stravaganza, visit the series website by clicking here or visit author Mary Hoffman's own website by clicking here.


'City of Masks is a poignant, touching and exciting novel ... without doubt a masterwork of contemporary children's literature'

'A fabulous story of power, intrigue and flying horses. This is story-telling at its best'

'I was barely allowed to finish it before my god-daughter snatched it away with breathless anticipation. It's so real! she drooled'

'An absolute triumph. Writing like this makes a parallel situation appear in the mind as more real than reality itself'

About the Author

Mary Hoffman

Mary Hoffman has written around 90 books for children. Amazing Grace, commended for the Kate Greenaway medal, has sold over 1.5 million copies. Its sequel, Grace & Family, was among Junior Education 's Best Books of 1995 and shortlisted for the Sheffield Libraries Book Award 1996. Mary lives in Oxfordshire.

You can read her contributions to The History Girls blog by clicking here.

Mary Hoffman's Ten Things You Didn't Know About Me:

I didn't change my surname when I got married.

When I was a little girl, I wanted to be a garage mechanic.

My husband is half-Indian. His mother was a Parsee, born in Bangalore.

I am learning Italian and would love to have a house in Italy.

I never wear or own anything blue.

Photo by Jess Barber (©Jess Barber)

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400 pages


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Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Publication date

7th July 2008




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