The Star of Kazan

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Macmillan Children's Books, 2005 - Juvenile Fiction - 400 pages
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In 1896, in a pilgrim church in the Alps, an abandoned baby girl is found by a cook and a housemaid. They take her home, and Annika grows up in the servants' quarters of a house belonging to three eccentric Viennese professors. She is happy there but dreams of the day when her real mother will come to find her. And sure enough, one day a glamorous stranger arrives at the door. After years of guilt and searching, Annika's mother has come to claim her daughter, who is in fact a Prussian aristocrat and whose true home is a great castle. But at crumbling, spooky Spittal Annika discovers that all is not as it seems in the lives of her new-found family . . .

Eva Ibbotson’s hugely entertaining story is a timeless classic for readers young and old.

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User Review  - Bduke - LibraryThing

I do love my Eva Ibbotson! This book was very much in her mold. It is one of her children's books, but reminded me a lot of her books for adults, being set in Vienna with a heroine who is so good and ... Read full review

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User Review  - bmlg - LibraryThing

In Vienna, in 1908, Annika, a foundling girl raised in a professorial household, is almost entirely happy helping her foster-mother (the servant who found her) cope with the eccentric professors ... Read full review

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About the author (2005)

Eva Ibbotson has written many bestselling books for adults and children that have been published all over the world. Her books have won and been shortlisted for many prizes. JOURNEY TO THE RIVER SEA won the Nestlé Gold Award and was runner-up for the Whitbread Children’s Book of the Year and the Guardian Fiction Award. THE STAR OF KAZAN won the Nestlé Silver Award and was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. She lives in Newcastle.

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