Stravaganza : City of Swords by Mary Hoffman
  

Stravaganza : City of Swords

Written by Mary Hoffman
Part of the Stravaganza Series

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July 2012 Book of the Month. Intrigue, adventure, magic and excitement are the trademark ingredients for this series and this, the sixth in the Stravaganza series is no exception. Join Laura who with her talisman, a small silver dagger travels through time and space to sixteenth-century Italy for the heart-stopping conclusion to this magical sequence. It's a thrilling tale filled with battles on the field and battles of the heart which finishes with a long-awaited wedding between two much-loved characters.

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

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Stravaganza : City of Swords by Mary Hoffman

Desperately unhappy, Laura has resorted to secretly self-harming. But Laura is a Stravagante, somebody who can travel in time and space. When she finds her talisman, a small silver dagger, she stravagates with it to sixteenth-century Fortezza, a town similar to Lucca in Italy, where she meets her Stravagante, who is a swordsmith. But Laura also meets the charming and attractive Ludo, and falls for him. Their love for each other is tested when Ludo lays claim to the crown of Fortezza, and Laura finds herself fighting on the side of the Stravaganti opposing him...

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Reviews

Praise for the Stravaganza series:

'A poignant, touching and exciting novel ... without doubt a masterwork of contemporary children's literature' - Edgardo Zaghini, Booktrust

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

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

'An absolute triumph' - The School Librarian

'A breathtaking time-travel story to a parallel world that's packed with non-stop action, pirates and drama ... it will electrify and delight. Intrigue, adventure,magic and excitement are the trademark ingredients for this series' - Julia Eccleshare, Lovereading4kids

About the Author

Mary Hoffman

Mary Hoffman has written over 100 books for children. Amazing Grace, commended for the Kate Greenaway medal, and its sequels has sold over 1.5 million copies. As well as the successful Stravaganza sequence of teenage novels, translated into over thirty languages, The Great Big Books series of information books for younger readers, illustrated by Ros Asquith has done very well. The first, The Great Big Book of Families, won the inaugural SLA Information Book Award in the under 7s category.

Mary loves to write historical fiction and her books for Bloomsbury - The Falconer’s Knot, Troubadour and David - have been followed by Shakespeare’s Ghost and now The Ravenmaster’s Boy. She runs a widely-read blog called The History Girls: http://the-history-girls.blogspot.com

Mary is an Honorary Fellow of the Library Association (CILIP) and lives in Oxfordshire.

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Format

Paperback
368 pages
Interest Age: from 12

Author

Mary Hoffman
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Author's Website

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Publisher

Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Publication date

5th July 2012

ISBN

9781408800508

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