The Star of Kazan

The Star of Kazan

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Annika has never had a birthday. Instead she celebrates her Found Day, the day Ellie and Sigrid found her as a baby abandoned in a church. Ellie is a cook, and Sigrid is a housemaid in a house in Vienna owned by three eccentric professors, and for eleven years Annika has enjoyed living in the servants' quarters, learning how to cook the Christmas Carp and to polish parquet floors to perfection. Still, every night Annika dreams of one thing: her mother stepping out of a carriage in her lovely clothes, smelling of French perfume and holding out her arms to her long-lost daughter. Vienna offers Annika many distractions, from the music to the pastries to the glorious Lippizaner stallions. She has many friends, too, including the very old woman next door who regales Annika with stories about her performing days and her countless admirers, such as the Russian count who gave her the legendary emerald, the Star of Kazan. Then one day a glamorous stranger arrives at the professors' house. After years of guilt and searching, Annika's mother has finally come to claim her. Annika is no servant, she learns, but an aristocrat whose true home is a castle called Spittal. But at crumbling, spooky Spittal, Annika discovers that all is not as it seems in the lives of her newfound family.... Annika's saga, deftly plotted and populated with a large cast of unforgettable characters-some delightful, some despicable-is a timeless, captivating treat for readers young and old. Book jacket.
Publisher: New York : Dutton Children's Books, c2004.
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9780525473473
Branch Call Number: j F IBBOTSON
Characteristics: 405 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Hawkes, Kevin


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I am reading this book right now and loving every minute of it!!

Dec 18, 2017

A wonderful, colorful story. I highly recommend this for young readers, although adults will love it, as well.

Mar 29, 2017

Loved this children's novel. A lovely story full of beautiful caring characters. Good over evil. Will check out other books by Eva Ibbotson.

Aug 16, 2016

I enjoyed this book so much, and Eva Ibbotson is one of my favourite authors. Her stories are whimsical and fun, yet with plot lines that go deeper than you'd think. This book shows you life in Vienna and how it changes so easily. I loved this book!

HanakoGal Aug 02, 2013

This book painted a beautiful picture of life in Vienna in 1908. It was enjoyable, fun and easy to read. I loved the story of Annika and her adopted family. This book kept me up late reading.

Jul 13, 2012

a really good book. mystical and suspensful. I loved every bit. i just couldnt put it down until it was done! #imagineteencontest

Apr 29, 2012

I really really love this book! It is amazing- the writing is great and the story is too- so unique but amazing! Anyone will love this!!

Mar 20, 2012

This is my favorite of the juvenile books by Ibbotson. She tends to have similar characters from one book to the next. However, this book deserves the awards it has won.

Dec 27, 2011

This was my favorite book of the year when I read it with my boys. Actually we listened to it and loved every minute. Kazan has something for everyone... A lovely heroine with a sprinkling of tragedy, a mysterious dashing young man, a suspect mother, annoying and snooty neighbors, amazing horses & jewels, and a diabolical boarding school. Ibbotson is a master of
story weaving.

May 31, 2011

Definitely a Must-Read


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Nov 20, 2013

Annika lives as a servant at a grand house in Vienna, a glittering city famous for its great emporor and the exquisite whit horses of the Imperial Riding School. Her life there would be perfect but for the mystery of her real mother. For, as a newborn baby, Annika was found in a church and no one knows where she came from. But every day her mind swirls with dreams of a beautiful mother finally arriving to claim her.


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