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During the day, Lucien battles cancer in his modern, normal life. But at night, he becomes a Stravagante, a time-traveler of sorts who finds himself in Belleza, a city parallel to old Venice. Befriended by a local girl and protected by an older Stravagante, Lucien uncovers a plot to murder the city's beloved ruler, the Duchessa. But to save the Duchessa and the city Lucien risks losing his only chance to return home to his family and his real life.

The well-paced, thick-with-plot story will hook the reader immediately and not let go until the superb, unexpected end. City of Masks is the first in a three-book arc from the gifted Mary Hoffman.

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"From the British author of the Amazing Grace books comes a novel, the first in a trilogy, about a teen stricken with brain cancer who travels between two worlds. In modern-day London, Lucien Mulholland undergoes chemotherapy treatments, but when he falls asleep clutching a mysterious book his father has given him, he is transported, or 'stravagated,' to an enchanting 16th-century Venice-like city called Bellezza, in the country Talia. Lucien can return only if he can get hold of the book again. In this colorful other world, rich with court intrigues and magic, he feels vibrantly alive, as opposed to his pain-ridden days back in England; his hair has grown back and he eats with relish. Bellezza is also where, as 'Luciano,' he meets lovely 15-year-old Arianna and Rodolfo, who created the book that acts as Lucien's 'stravagation' talisman. Rodolfo explains that a stravagante is 'a wanderer between worlds,' and also the history of this magical travel. Now the secret brotherhood dedicated to keeping the two worlds separate is being challenged by a faction with evil intent. Soon 'Luciano' is caught up in their power struggle and learns there is a cost when one cannot stravagate properly. The Renaissance backdrop sets an elegant mood for the time-travel toggling. This complex, at times slow-moving and somber story line may disturb some middle-graders (Lucien dies in his English life but lives on in Bellezza) but the novel will likely intrigue more sophisticated readers, especially with its undercurrents of sexual tension. Ages 10-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"A Booklist Editors' Choice

"A New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age

"Utterly fascinating, this rich, rip-roaring adventure--the first in a series--will no doubt whet readers' appetites for Italian history and culture as well as the next installment."--"Booklist" (starred review)."Utterly fascinating, this rich, rip-roaring adventure--the first in a series--will no doubt whet readers' appetites for Italian history and culture as well as the next installment."--"Booklist" (starred review).

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"Utterly fascinating, this rich, rip-roaring adventure--the first in a series--will no doubt whet readers' appetites for Italian history and culture as well as the next installment."--"Booklist" (starred review).

Synopsis:

"A Booklist Editors' Choice

"A New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age

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artajeti, April 26, 2006 (view all comments by artajeti)
This book is the best book I have ever read. I simply couldn't put it down and the ending just topped it all up. I would recommend it to anyone, any age. Even my mum loved it!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781582349176
Author:
Hoffman, Mary
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Author:
Hooper, Mary
Subject:
General
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - Fantasy
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - Science Fiction
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Subject:
Action & Adventure - General
Subject:
Imaginary places
Subject:
Space and time
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Subject:
Historical - Renaissance
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Middle-Grade Fiction
Series:
Stravaganza
Publication Date:
20041004
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
Children/juvenile
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
7.74 x 5.04 x 0.96 in
Age Level:
12-17

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "From the British author of the Amazing Grace books comes a novel, the first in a trilogy, about a teen stricken with brain cancer who travels between two worlds. In modern-day London, Lucien Mulholland undergoes chemotherapy treatments, but when he falls asleep clutching a mysterious book his father has given him, he is transported, or 'stravagated,' to an enchanting 16th-century Venice-like city called Bellezza, in the country Talia. Lucien can return only if he can get hold of the book again. In this colorful other world, rich with court intrigues and magic, he feels vibrantly alive, as opposed to his pain-ridden days back in England; his hair has grown back and he eats with relish. Bellezza is also where, as 'Luciano,' he meets lovely 15-year-old Arianna and Rodolfo, who created the book that acts as Lucien's 'stravagation' talisman. Rodolfo explains that a stravagante is 'a wanderer between worlds,' and also the history of this magical travel. Now the secret brotherhood dedicated to keeping the two worlds separate is being challenged by a faction with evil intent. Soon 'Luciano' is caught up in their power struggle and learns there is a cost when one cannot stravagate properly. The Renaissance backdrop sets an elegant mood for the time-travel toggling. This complex, at times slow-moving and somber story line may disturb some middle-graders (Lucien dies in his English life but lives on in Bellezza) but the novel will likely intrigue more sophisticated readers, especially with its undercurrents of sexual tension. Ages 10-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , "A Booklist Editors' Choice

"A New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age

"Utterly fascinating, this rich, rip-roaring adventure--the first in a series--will no doubt whet readers' appetites for Italian history and culture as well as the next installment."--"Booklist" (starred review)."Utterly fascinating, this rich, rip-roaring adventure--the first in a series--will no doubt whet readers' appetites for Italian history and culture as well as the next installment."--"Booklist" (starred review).

"Synopsis" by , "Utterly fascinating, this rich, rip-roaring adventure--the first in a series--will no doubt whet readers' appetites for Italian history and culture as well as the next installment."--"Booklist" (starred review).
"Synopsis" by ,
"A Booklist Editors' Choice

"A New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age

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