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 veteran 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 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…

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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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Eva Ibbotson is the award-winning author of many books for children and adults. She has a daughter and three sons, who showed her that children like to read about ghosts, wizards, and witches “because they are just like people but madder and more interesting.”

She was born in Vienna, in Austria, but moved to England with her family when the Nazis came to power. After training to be a physiologist which she didn’t enjoy because she didn’t like doing experiments on animals, Eva got married and had four very nice children.

Her first children’s book, The Great Ghost Rescue was published in 1975, and she is best known for titles like Journey to the River Sea and The Dragonfly Pool. Eva died in 2010, aged 85.


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  1. 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
  3. Ef dragon thumb 5

    on 3 March 2013

    It was really good. I loved it!

    5out of 5
  4. 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+

  5. 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