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Talina in the Tower [Paperback]

Michelle Lovric
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7 Feb 2013
Savage hyena-like creatures threaten Venice - the Ravageurs are on the prowl and seizing men, women and children. On the night of 30 June 1846 Talina's parents disappear and she and her cat, Drusilla, are forced to go and live with her Guardian and his three savage dogs in his lonely tower in the northernmost edge of the city. Here she discovers that she has the ability to change herself into a cat, but changing herself back into a girl isn't quite so easy. As a cat she learns about the Ravageurs and how over the centuries they have become semi magical creatures, visible only to children in the human world, and that they are intent on destroying Venice. She is determined to save the city - it's time for desperate measures - and her adventures are about to begin.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Childrens (7 Feb 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444005375
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444005370
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 337,641 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I think this book deserves five out of five stars ... I was swept away into its magical adventures. (BIBLIOTECA REVIEWS)

Venice itself is so well portrayed that it becomes a character in its own right. Its narrow streets, its murky canals and dark, secret towers are the setting for an astonishing world of witches, hags, mermaids and magicians. Tea towels become means of transport, ordinary household ingredients are combined into potions, and a small boy is allowed to stand up in court and argue for the preservation of the city. The book is an exciting, amusing and enchanting read. (THE BOOKBAG)

For those who love action-packed fantasy, this is a must ... a magical adventure story. (BARBARA MITCHELHILL)

I couldn't put this book down. I enjoyed it immensley, especially the ending ... I found this funny, filled with action and informative. Overall I give this book five stars out of five. Read it! (Mia Quraishi Nash, aged 10 WE LOVE THIS BOOK)

This is an exciting tale of courage and friendship and love for your family. (BOOKWITCH)

Venice is conjured up in all her shabby glory ... But the story isn't just about setting. There is an action packed plot, with wonderful characters, fantastical beasts, and a deliciously wry, dry sense of humour threading all the way through. And there are mischief and mayhem, horror and gore, fun and games. I don't think I've enjoyed reading something so much for ages. (JE TOWEY)

Michelle Lovric has once again created a rollicking adventure full of history, awesome imagination and fantastic characters of all sorts. (THE DIARY OF A BOOK WORM)

This fantastical tale not only offers a richly detailed historical view of Venice, but also provides a vividly imaginative take on the city ... Imbued with magic, mystery and a rip-roaring plot, this book is a gripping read for older children, with lyrical and compelling prose, and a depiction of a fantasy Venice that is both evocative and beautiful. (ITALIA!)

It's an action-packed, totally enchanting read for children and adults alike. (MADHOUSE FAMILY REVIEWS)

a story ... that will enchant you from first page to the last. Add this to Michelle's solid use of prose, cracking dialogue and a lead character that the readers will want to embark on their adventure with and it's a story that was a pure joy to read. Finally add to this a sense of whimsy, and enchanting story overall and a whole host of supporting cast members that will make this a hard tale to forget. Great stuff. (TATTY'S TREASURE CHEST / FALCATA TIMES)

I liked reading this book because it's set in a different time and place. I would definitely recommend this book for 10 - 14 year olds, and am now keen to read other books by the same author. (Bethany Hammond, aged 12 KIDAROUND)

Brilliant fun! A lively fantasy adventure for 8+. I enjoyed this book a lot. Reading it, I was enveloped in a cocoon on magic, taking me to a nineteenth century Venice where magic openly exists ... a classic children's fantasy (THOUGHTS FROM THE HEARTHFIRE)

The writing is beautiful and descriptive allowing you to sample life in Venice just by turning the page. The imagery is stunning and I found myself desperately wanting to visit Venice, but with Michelle as my tour guide. With each description of Venice, you can tell how much the author loves the city; her words breathe out enthusiasm and affection ... The plot had me hooked from the first page ... Michelle Lovric has created an enchanting novel that has left me wanting more. (SERENDIPITY REVIEWS)

...intelligently written: beautiful prose, witty dialogue, plus enough gore and gruesome Venetian history to satisfy modern children. (PATRICIAGUY.COM)

I want to call Michelle's books a guilty pleasure, but I think that would be doing them a gross disservice as it implies that I shouldn't really be loving them as much as I do. Perhaps I should replace the word 'guilty' for 'the ultimate story-lover's', for that is what they are to me ... Michelle uses her rich prose to weave a luxurious tapestry of a fairytale, populated with colourful characters, the dialogue between whom is another stand out feature of the story. (THE BOOK ZONE FOR BOYS)

There's brilliant magic throughout this book that made me constantly wonder what was going to happen next ... Magic is interwoven through the pages in such a way that it's entirely natural but also wonderfully surprising too ... You really couldn't ask for more from a book. I can't recommend this book highly enough. I think it would appeal as much to boys as well as girls as it has plenty of gore alongside the magical to keep everyone happy. (MY FAVOURITE BOOKS)

The book is an exciting, amusing and enchanting read. Venice itself is so well portrayed that it becomes a character in its own right. (Linda Lawlor thebookbag.co.uk 2013-02-01)

Wonderful characters, lyrical writing and excellent dialogue, a gripping storyline packed with fantasy and imagination...all these elements are woven together to make a superb story from a very talented author. (PARENTS IN TOUCH)

Talina is a delightful main character. She is determined and outspoken, ready to publicly criticize people who kill egrets for their feathers, and to argue with her teachers. (THE BOOK BAG)

Book Description

From the author of THE UNDROWNED CHILD, a story about what happens when the most headstrong girl in Venice mixes magic and cookery and turns herself into a cat.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written 18 Feb 2012
Format:Hardcover
Mysterious creatures, invisible to adults, have invaded Venice and are issuing terrible threats to the inhabitants. People and cats are disappearing in the middle of the night. Only one not-quite-girl can save the city.
I have really enjoyed Michelle Lovric's previous books, but this was the best yet. The writing is beautiful and there are so many imaginative and unusual ideas and turns of phrase. I adored the cats and the street-Felish that they spoke. Talina was a charming character too; by turns tough and gentle, outspoken and determined. I especially loved the phrase 'to have a flouncy'.
Altogether this is a colourful, exciting and well-imagined adventure for the 9+ age range and should delight many readers.
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By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
I love a great story that takes you on a whirlwind adventure and to be honest Michelle's writing always does that for me. Here in the latest release is a story that gives you magic, high adventure and of course an overall arc that will enchant you from the first page to the last. Add to this Michelle's solid use of prose, cracking dialogue and a lead character that the readers will want to embark on their adventure with and it's a story that was a pure joy to read.

Finally add to this a sense of whimsy, an enchanting story overall and a whole host of supporting cast members that will make this a hard tale to forget. Great stuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant fun! A lively fantasy for 8+ 25 Feb 2012
Format:Hardcover
I enjoyed this book a lot. Reading it, I was enveloped in a cocoon of magic, taking me to a nineteenth century Venice where magic openly exists. The Ravageurs were the first example of this magic, being rowed about by rats and stealing away people for some horrible purpose.

The cover is gorgeous - all purple and gold, while the image of the Ravageur on the back cover is suitably hideous (my 8yo referred to this book as 'the one with the scary thing on the back'). I do wonder, though, whether the pretty cover would deter boy readers who are likely to enjoy the story. Talina is no girly-girl and the story is essentially a quest-type adventure.

I really liked Talina as a character. I do have a soft spot for bold girls and Talina is certainly that. Famous for her impudence and temper, she has the nerve to go against adult characters (who can be in the wrong) and to fight to save her parents and Venice as a whole. She also does develop through the course of the story and isn't quite the same Talina at the end as at the beginning.

The narration is third person, allowing some comment on and description of Talina from the outside and there are some wonderful touches in the dialogue. I appreciated the way some of the male cats spoke, showing their masculinity and roughness (like "dat's da troof"), and the fake French accents used by the Ravageurs to hide their true origins.

I haven't read Lovric's earlier Venice novels, so I can't comment on their connection, but I believe that this story does stand alone, with no need to read the others first. The story certainly felt complete to me, with no sense that I was missing something.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Childrens story 3 Mar 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
My eight year old granddaughter an avid reader loves this book, one that is well written and introduces the child to more challenging reading in this exciting story set in Venice. Purchased this book having read many of Michelle Lovric's books and will be buying more for my granddaughter in the future.
Delivery by Amazon together with packaging was excellent.
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