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Stravaganza: City of Stars [Hardcover]

Mary Hoffman
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15 Sep 2003 Stravaganza
This book is aimed at age-range: 12+. This is the sequel to the international best-selling "City of Masks". The time period is the same - C16 Talia as a parallel world version of Italy - but the setting has moved from Bellezza (Venice) to Remora (Siena). The main character in this book is Georgia - who has a love of horses. She is desperate to buy a little, dusty winged horse that has appeared in a local antiques shop. This little, winged horse will prove to be the talisman (as the notebook was for Lucien in City of Masks) that will transport Georgia to Siena - right into the rivalries and the high-octane excitement of the hugely compeititive Stellata horse race - and more. Mary Hoffman has proved herself a mistress of a narrative tour-de-force with "City of Masks" and this sequel will not disappoint.

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  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (15 Sep 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747561230
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747561231
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13.4 x 4.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,017,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mary Hoffman is a best-selling children's author and reviewer. She is the author of the picture book 'Amazing Grace' which is an international best-seller. Her first novel for Bloomsbury, 'Stravaganza: City of Masks' sold over 85,000 hardback copies pre-publication. She is a complete afficionado of Italy, and spends as much time as she can there - all her love for Italy has been infused into the Stravaganza series. She is currently doing an Italian literature course. Mary is also the editor of Armadillo, a children's revew magazine. She has three grown-up children and lives with her husband in Carterton, outside Oxford.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars V good book 10 Nov 2003
I thought that this book was just as good as the first book. Georgia manages to stravagate to Remora - our worlds version of Siena in Italy. And she meets up with Lucien (Now called Luciano because he was translated in the last book). She has to work out what part she has to play in this world and what job she has to do. Its ending is very satisfactory.
it is a good sequel as Lucien is still in the story. This was a good factor because he made such a good charachter in Stravaganza City Of masks that it would have been terrible for him to not have come back.
There is not one moment when it is boring. I would reccomend this book to people over the age of 10.
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5.0 out of 5 stars City of Stars 28 Aug 2009
By Mikaela
City of Stars in Mary Hoffman's Second book in the thrilling Stravaganza series. In it we follow our tomboy heroine Georgia's story. A horse lover, Georgia is thrilled when she finds herself in the City of Stars, Remora in Talia. The City is just warming up for the big horse race, the Stellata, that takes the City, and Georgia, by storm.

You will soon be swept up in this thrilling tale of love, adventure, mystery, music, death and that other-worldliness that just makes Mary Hoffman's books so great to escape to.

With favourites from the City of Masks joining in, if you liked City of Masks, you will love the City of Stars. This is my favourite of all the Stravaganza Quartet-the plot just has so much more to it, and the bonds between characters make this book one I can enjoy forever.

Simply Brilliant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read 21 April 2006
By Trixy
When Georgia finally saves up to buy a model of an Etruscan winged horse, she knows she must keep it away from her stepbrother Russell, who lives to make Georgia's life a misery.

That night, she falls asleep with the winged horse in her hands, wishing she could be in another world, far away from her troubled life.

When she wakes, Georgia is in a completely different world and city. She has Stravagated to Remora, much like Siena, in Talia like Italy. The Etruscan horse is her means of getting there.

Georgia balances her life well, living in London by day and Talia by night. She befriends other Stravagante and is swept up in the heat of the Stellata, a horse race in which each twelfth of Remora takes part in. The twelfths are named by the zodiac signs.

City of Stars is a refreshing, exciting novel which will leave you hooked. Mary Hoffman has created a world that is totally believable. Talia is a delight. It will keep readers wanting for more. Thank goodness City of Flowers has come, the wait was unbearable once I heard there was a third book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Better than the first 26 Oct 2003
The sequal to "stravaganza City of Masks" is a amazing book and its better than the first. Marry Hoffman has out done herself in this book. The book contains old charectors and new ones in a totally different city. It see's Georgia transported to another world just like our Italy Rome but with big difrences. The main part in the story is when Luciano,formally from our world,and Georgia help transport a handicap boy to our world to get treatment on his legs,as in his world it is the 16th centuary,but he will never be able to return again. the twist is the boy is part of a mean but powrful family and his father will do anything to get this way of transporting to other worlds.
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3.0 out of 5 stars a decent sequel, could have been better 15 Jan 2004
i would say that the first book of this series Stravaganza: city of masks was much better. this follows a relatively similar pattern and has a slighly different cast, but the storyline is very predictable. Well written, but based for younger readers. possibly best to wait for the paperback version, as this is not really worth the extra for hardbacks. However, a cleverly thought out idea, but could have been made into a better story.
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