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


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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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 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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368 pages
Interest Age: from 12


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Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Publication date

5th July 2012




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