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City of Stars (Stravaganza)
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Striking new jacket look will reinvigorate the series Fantastic website to entice readers - www.stravaganza.co.uk Shortlisted for the WH Smith teenage award

Mary Hoffman is a bestselling children's author and reviewer. She is the author of the picture book Amazing Grace, which is an international bestseller. The Stravaganza sequence has sold over 180,000 copies and the series has since gone on to sell in over 24 different countries. Mary is also the editor of Armadillo, a children's review magazine. She was shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Prize with her novel The Falconer's Knot. She has three grown-up children and lives with her husband in West Oxfordshire.

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Mary Hoffman is a bestselling children's author and reviewer. She is the author of the picture book Amazing Grace, which is an international bestseller. The Stravaganza sequence has sold over 180,000 copies and the series has since gone on to sell in over 24 different countries. Mary is also the editor of Armadillo, a children's review magazine. She was shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Prize with her novel The Falconer's Knot. She has three grown-up children and lives with her husband in West Oxfordshire.

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Characters travel through space and time, encounter mysterious creatures and more in an assortment of new installments. Of the first book, Stravaganza: City of Masks, PW said, "The Renaissance backdrop [and Venetian-style city] set an elegant mood for the time-travel toggling." This time a miniature model of a winged horse (another talisman of the Stravaganti, a brotherhood of scientists who use talismans to travel between time periods) sends 15-year-old equestrian Georgia to a 16th-century version of Tuscany in Stravaganza: City of Stars by Mary Hoffman. There Georgia gets caught up in the intrigue surrounding the birth of a real winged horse. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

'If you enjoyed STRAVAGANZA: CITY OF MASKS then you will love returning to Talia in this exciting sequel. Featuring a flying horse, a fast and furious horse race, kidnapping and much intrigue, this is a great adventure' Grainne Cooney, Bookseller Teenage Reading Choice

Gr 7 Up-Mary Hoffman's sequel (Bloomsbury, 2003) to Stravaganza: City of Masks (July 2003, p. 72) brings a new character, London schoolgirl Georgia O'Grady, into the complex world of 16th-century Talia. Georgia's "stravagation" between her world and the city of Remora connects her not only with people embroiled in powerful political machinations, but also with an old schoolmate, the former Lucien, who apparently died of cancer in the 21st-century, but now lives as Luciano in Talia. Remora, laid out both physically and socially as a reflection of the zodiac, is preparing for its annual horse race, an endeavor the horse-loving Georgia joins, disguised as a stable boy. She travels to Remora only during 21st-century nights, her daytimes still filled with school, her bullying stepbrother, horseback riding, and violin lessons with Lucien's mother. Among the many people-Stravaganzi and mortals-whom she befriends in Remora is Falco, a youth with a crushed leg and the desperate wish to find a way to become whole enough to ride again. Georgia, Luciano, and Falco plan and execute a way to get Falco into the 21st-century, where modern medical intervention can fulfill his desire for unfettered movement. Kathe Mazur narrates with a variety of accents and voices, providing voices for the large cast of characters. The riveting and compelling story is complex and rich with subplots. Explanations of "stravagation" and the motives of the characters who carry over from book to book are presented so that this episode can stand alone, but those who have already heard the first volume won't feel burdened by repetition. A fine selection not only for fans of fantasy but also for those who enjoy historical fiction or the intricacies of politics.-Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley Public Library, CA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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