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Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Mar 1, 2008 - Juvenile Fiction - 272 pages
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The Italian Renaissance was a cultural explosion of art, architecture and learning, but it had a darker side. Two powerful families, the tyrannical Medici and their biggest rivals, the Pazzi, are tangled in a bloody struggle for ultimate power. Caught in the whirlwind is Flora, the last daughter of the Pazzi. As her beautiful older sister is being painted by the famed artist Botticelli, Flora is dreading her fate. Destined for life in a convent, Flora is determined to take matters into her own hands, even as her world crumbles around her. When Flora decides runs away, she has no idea that the decision will save her life. As her family falls to their murderous enemy, Flora must find a new life and a new identity.

Inspired by actual events, Primavera is a dazzling coming of age story set during a time of beauty and wealth, ambition, rivalry and brutality. Historical art references to Boticelli and his famous painting, Primavera, give this book an appeal similar to Girl with a Pearl Earring.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A swiftly told story tied to a bloody piece of Florentine history and illuminated with the lore of painting, goldsmithing and poison. Flora is the youngest of the Pazzi family: noble, rich and steeped ... Read full review

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User Review  - MDLady - LibraryThing

I had a bit of trouble with the names and what side they were on, but that did not take away from the book. Great "ugly duckling" story. Read full review


Chapter Four
Chapter Five
Chapter Seven
Chapter Eight
Chapter Eleven
Chapter Fourteen
Chapter Seventeen
Chapter Eighteen
Chapter Twenty
Chapter Twentyone
Chapter Twentytwo

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About the author (2008)

Mary Jane Beaufrand lives in Seattle, WA with her husband, two children and a stubborn basset hound. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Bennington College. Primavera is her debut novel.

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