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PublisherBloomsbury Publishing PLC
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Publication date5th July 2012
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Stravaganza : City of Swords
Part of the 'Stravaganza' Series
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Selected by Julia Eccleshare:
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.
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SynopsisStravaganza : 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 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 had my appendix taken out by Enid Blyton's husband! (Fortunately he was a surgeon)
My first book was read in manuscript by Richard Adams, author of Watership Down and he suggested sending it to his publishers, Rex Collings, after a dozen others had turned it down. They took it.
I didn't change my surname when I got married.
Amazing Grace and Boundless Grace (which is what Grace and Family is called in the US) were both turned into musical plays and performed in Minneapolis in 1995 and 1998.
When I was a little girl, I wanted to be a garage mechanic.
I didn't learn to drive until I was over fifty.
My husband is half-Indian. His mother was a Parsee, born in Bangalore.
One of my great-grandfathers was German, another Irish.
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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