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The Star of Kazan Award-winning

by Eva Ibbotson (author)

Suitable for 9 - 11 years

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A grand and sweeping adventure set in 19th century Austria, from best-loved author Eva Ibbotson. In the romantic city of Vienna, twelve-year-old foundling Annika lives contentedly, learning the art of pastry-making under the affectionate eyes of the two servant-women who fostered her as a baby. But when she suddenly inherits a trunk of costume jewellery, the mysterious and majestic Edeltraut von Tannenberg appears. Claiming to be Annika’s aristocratic mother, she takes her away to live in a strangely decrepit rural mansion. At first, Annika is enthralled by the sophisticated stranger. But it’s not long before she finds herself embroiled in a morass of secrets, rife with danger…

“A magnificent piece of storytelling, which positively luxuriates in the extraordinary twists and turns of the plot.” Books for Keeps

“For great story-telling look no further than Eva Ibbotson.” Sunday Times

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Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 6.1; Middle years; 16.0 points

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  • 388 pages



Eva Ibbotson

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  1. Giraffe zebra 113509

    on 22 July 2017

    I loved this book. Once I got into it I couldn’t put it down!

    5out of 5
  2. Avatar princess 761798

    on 24 February 2017

    Soooooo good

    5out of 5
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    on 8 March 2013

    This is one of my favourite book. It has an intricate and intriguing plot, amazing characters and lots of twists and turns, it will keep you captivated all the way through.

    5out of 5
  4. Ef dragon thumb 5

    on 3 March 2013

    It was really good. I loved it!

    5out of 5
  5. Ef castle thumb 2

    on 3 March 2012

    Great book, another fabulous book from Eva Ibbotson. It is a really enchanting tale and i couldn’t put it down. It is really well written and the characters come to life. Great read for ages 12+

  6. Fairy thumb 11

    on 18 July 2011

    it seem like an interesting book to read… i’d love to read it… i’d love to get it online since you cant find it