The Undrowned Child by Michelle Lovric
  

The Undrowned Child

Written by Michelle Lovric

9+ readers   Debuts of the Month   11+ readers   eBooks   eBooks   
Notify me
when in stock

As soon as this book is back in stock we will send you an email.

Download an extract Share this book

The Lovereading4Kids comment

A captivating magical fantasy in a secret watery underworld, The Undrowned Child tells how eleven year old Teodora is swept into the storybook world of invisible children whose task is to save the dying city of Venice. Working alongside the mermaids Teodora’s task is immense for there are very strange and sinister things afoot in the beautiful floating city. Together can they save the city before the water destroys it?

With lyrical writing and an unputdownable plot this is something very special.

A comment from the publisher:

If you like books about mermaids, haunted palaces and ancient secrets, masks and murderers and extremely nasty insects and old bones coming back to life and winged lions, sharks and curry, not to mention wise cats, hot chocolate and dreadful disasters and hidden treasure and spying seagulls and extremely clever children and of course Venice, then you will love, The Undrowned Child.

Win a Family Break to Salisbury!

Don’t miss out! Enter to win a family break to Salisbury!

Here at Lovereading.co.uk and Lovereading4kids.co.uk we are delighted to be giving you a chance to win a wonderful family break. You could see yourself indulging in the finest food and slumbering comfortably into one of the grand rooms at The Red Lion Salisbury for two nights. The Red Lion Hotel is located in medieval city of Salisbury, which is home to all your favourite stores as well as independent shops, restaurants, cafes and parks and green spaces. Nearby is Stonehenge, Salisbury Plain and numerous sites of historic and archaeological interest.

There are many seasonal events in Salisbury, and you can find out what’s on here. You will also receive a family ticket to Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, the gardens are especially beautiful in the winter, with bold coloured stems, scents, and fabulous foliage, you can be sure to be impressed. For the children there is also a play park, and you can stop off in the Victorian tea room to warm up and treat yourself to a traditional cream tea.

To have a chance of winning this fantastic prize, click the button below. Please note that this draw is open only for UK residents and is free to enter, multiple entries from the same email address will only be counted once. Entries close 31st January 2018.

Good luck!

Terms and Conditions

Red Lion: Two night stay includes breakfast for two adults and up to two children sharing a family room. Subject to availability and cannot be exchanged or redeemed for cash value. Not to be used in combination with any other offer. Valid until 1st Dec 2018 and excludes bank holidays.

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens: Valid for day entry, Not to be used for special events or group entry. Voucher is not transferable or refundable, no Cash Value. Ticket must be redeemed on entry. Valid until 31 Dec 2018. Gardens open daily from 10am – closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Prize admits 2 adults and accompanying children Under 17 FREE to Sir Harold Hillier Gardens.


Enter prize draw Draw closes: 31/01/2018

Synopsis

The Undrowned Child by Michelle Lovric

It's the beginning of the 20th century; the age of scientific progress. But for Venice the future looks bleak. A conference of scientists assembles to address the problems, among whose delegates are the parents of eleven-year-old Teodora. Within days of her arrival, she is subsumed into the secret life of Venice: a world in which salty-tongued mermaids run subversive printing presses, ghosts good and bad patrol the streets and librarians turn fluidly into cats. A battle against forces determined to destroy the city once and for all quickly ensues. Only Teo, the undrowned child who survived a tragic accident as a baby, can go 'between-the-linings' to subvert evil and restore order.

Readers of 9 or 10+ will devour it especially fans of Joan Aiken's Wolves of Willoughby Chase sequence and modern classics like Stravaganza as well as fans of Marcus Sedgwick's Gothic novels.

Reviews

Sumptuous Venetian adventure... a great romp for more literary readers (Fiona Noble THE BOOKSELLER )

A stunning debut novel by bestselling adult novelist Michelle Lovric. Part fairy-tale, part historical fiction, this is writing that is alight and alive. Two worlds are held in balance, Venice on the cusp of change, as science exerts an ever stronger stranglehold against a deeper, underwater world of myth and mermaids. A beautifully told allegory that captures the power of language, this has definite crossover appeal. (Jake Hope THE BOOKSELLER )

Venice is really the central character. The cast of characters too is fresh and quite extraordinary. How I loved those mermiads and their way of life. I didn't put it down as the story sweeps on with such speed and wonder there's no place to stop. Wendy Cooling

About the Author

Michelle Lovric

Michelle Lovric divides her time between a flat on the Thames, and Venice. She combines her fiction work with editing, designing and producing literary anthologies, including her own translations of Latin and Italian poetry. Her book LOVE LETTERS was a NEW YORK TIMES bestseller. She maintains large databases of text and visual material on memoirs, love poems and letters, slang/cursing/archaic words and esoteric medical matters.

Photo: Riccardo Bertarello

More books by this author

Loading similar books...

Other Formats

Book Info

Format

Hardback

Author

Michelle Lovric
More books by Michelle Lovric

Author's Website

www.michellelovric.com/

Publisher

Orion Publishing Co

Publication date

2nd July 2009

ISBN

9781842557020

Categories


We love Lovereading4kids because they put books in front of us we wouldn’t otherwise have read. They make us more adventurous readers!

Emily Jacques

It’s a community united by a passion for books and promoting the best there is in children’s literature.

Sam Bateman and family

This company is amazing; not only is it is a great opportunity to get books and review them but everyone is so friendly and supportive!

Jemma Rubens, age 10

It has introduced my children to books we hadn’t come across before. Real children’s reviews gives a great insight into what others think to

Lorraine Woods

We love Lovereading4kids because it promotes reading choices, new authors and a sense of community for children of all ages!

Rachel Bridgeman

I love finding new books to read. My mummy and me look at the new ones coming out. I have written reviews of some of them!

Jessica Cobbin – age 7

Love “Lovereading4kids” as my son gets to hear about & read new books before his mates which keeps him interested in reading=a very happy Mum

Liz Evans

I think Lovereading4kids is an amazing company because of the friendly staff and the fabulous chance to read great books before publication.

Adam Graham
Lovereading

Lovereading 4 schools
****