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City of Masks

Written by Mary Hoffman

Part of the Stravaganza Series

City of Masks Synopsis

Set in a parallel world, where Italy is called Talia and Venice is called Bellezza, the narrative follows Lucien, who in our world is very ill. Given a marbled notebook to help him communicate when his throat hurts too much to speak, the notebook is the means that transports Lucien to this magical, dangerous new world set in an alternative sixteenth century, and thrills to the delight of political intrigue and danger of assassination attempts both foiled and successful. The parallel Venice is astonishingly evoked, with the silks and velvets, the sensuousness of the food and the elegance of the city and its waterways all beautifully and powerfully described. The world of Talia is unforgettably and convincingly real.

City of Masks Press Reviews

City of Masks is a poignant, touching and exciting novel, difficult to put down. This is one of the best time-slip stories that I have read in recent years. Without doubt a masterwork of contemporary children's literature. ' Edgardo Zaghini Children's Literature Officer, Booktrust 'One of the most exciting adventures I've read in years.' Wendy Cooling, Best Books for Christmas in the Children's Bookseller

Book Information

ISBN: 9780747576143
Publication date: 21st June 2004
Author: Mary Hoffman
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 352 pages

About Mary Hoffman

Mary Hoffman is a best-selling children's author and reviewer. She is the author of the picture book 'Amazing Grace' which is an international best-seller. She is a complete aficionado of Italy - all her love for Italy has been infused into this series. Mary is also the editor of Armadillo, a children's revew magazine. She has three grown-up children and lives with her husband in Carterton, outside Oxford.

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