THE STAR OF KAZAN
New York : Dutton Children's
IL 5-8, RL 2004
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Annika, a foundling, has been lovingly raised by the cook and housekeeper
in a household inhabited by three eccentric professors. Life in old Vienna
is grand, from the music to the pastries to the Lipizzaner stallions at
the Spanish Riding School! Having been tutored in the fine arts of good
housekeeping, Annika finds she is most accomplished in the kitchen. She
is a cheerful child with many friends; these include an ancient
and very lonely lady in the neighborhood, who subsequently leaves her a
trunk full of worn costumes and “faux” jewelry at her passing. Despite
her idyllic existence, Annika has always dreamed of having her real mother
come for her, and one day it seems that her wish has been granted. She
willingly leaves Vienna and all she has known to travel with the beautiful,
aristocratic Frau Edeltraut to her cold, crumbling castle in the north
(no ghosts this time…). It takes the help of Annika’s many friends, new
and old, to discover the true motives of her new “family” and to thwart
a sinister plot that would have been her ruin. Delicious characters, sinuous
plot twists and evocative atmosphere make this a true masterpiece, destined
to become a classic. (New
Hampshire Great Stone Face committee, 2005-2006)
Abandoned children -- Fiction.
Identity -- Fiction.
Mothers and daughters -- Fiction.
Jewelry -- Fiction.
Vienna (Austria) -- History -- 19th century -- Fiction.
Austria -- History -- 1867-1918 -- Fiction.
Germany -- History -- 1871-1918 -- Fiction.
Mystery and detective stories.
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