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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; Unabridged edition (2 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330418025
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330418027
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 12.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 122,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Eva Ibbotson is one of the best-loved children's writers in the world.

Her first children's novel was published in 1975, and her most famous story, JOURNEY TO THE RIVER SEA, won the Smarties Gold Prize in 2001.

Her books have been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal, the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, and many other literary awards.

Eva died at the age of 85 in 2010

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...Involve[s] difficulties surmounted, and do[es] not patronize but won't give a child nightmares. -- The Times, 10 November 2004

A magnificent piece of storytelling, which positively luxuriates in the extraordinary twists and turns of the plot. -- Books for Keeps, November 2004 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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A beautiful new cover edition of this enthralling adventure set in turn-of-the-century Vienna. From the author of the bestselling JOURNEY TO THE RIVER SEA. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Booksthatmatter on 8 Nov. 2004
Format: Hardcover
Like Cornelia Funke in Inkheart and the Thief Lord, Eva Ibbotson creates a fantastical take on the world where there are foundlings and great big baddies. Bravely she sets the book in the starchy world of early 20th Century Vienna, but she pulls it off with aplomb.
Putting aside the ripping-yarn elements of the story (which are wonderful) this is also a very useful book for parents of adopted children as the heroine is a foundling who ends up realising that her 'made' family is far better than the fantasy of reclamation by her birth-mother.
Like Cornelia Funke, Ibbotson is very good at painting adults who, beneath scratchy exteriors are truly good - the three professors all show great mettle underneath their ponderous, aged facades. I also like this element having read an interview with Ibbotson in The Guardian which showed her to be a rather grumpy old woman herself!
I really enjoyed the Star of Kazan and will now go and find Journey to the River Sea.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Robert Machin on 15 Nov. 2004
Format: Hardcover
Eva Ibbotson is a great writer, not 'just' a great children's writer. Every night I read another chapter to my ten year old daughter and looked forward to it at least as much as she did. As in 'The Journey to the River Sea', Eva Ibbotson creates a vivid and fully realised world, populates it with characters which have just enough of the grotesque mixed in with their humanity to make them memorable, then ties the whole thing together with a pageturner of a story that for all its twists and turns is never contrived. Really magical, and my book of the year.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By luckyd on 25 May 2009
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book for my 9 year old daughter about a year ago, to read as a good night story. Both of us enjoyed it thoroughly. The language of the book evokes great imagery so easily and it was so easy to get completely lost in Annika's world. Beautiful! The journey to the river sea was a fantastic book, but in my opinion the Star of kazan is even better.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By "becksf" on 1 Oct. 2004
Format: Hardcover
THE STAR OF KAZAN is a fantastic book. I don't know what 'im-here-to-help' is talking about. The characters are wonderful and the plot is intricate and thrilling.
Eva Ibbotson is a skilled and accomplished writer who is fantastic at creating characters who you fall in love with. THE STAR OF KAZAN is every bit as heartwarming and absorbing as JOURNEY TO THE RIVER SEA and everyone should read it!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Alice Atkinson on 28 May 2010
Format: Paperback
I read this book with a group of P7 pupils and found it gripping for me as well as for them. It is extrmemely well written and an excellent model to use with children. This is what they had to say:

"It was on of those books that you couldn't put down. You had to keep reading it."
"We wanted to keep reading more because it was so detailed and full of twists and turns."
"I liked that the characters all got what was coming to them."
"The characters were realistic and detailed."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By austen_megabux on 30 July 2009
Format: Paperback
"The Star of Kazan" is a book that contains many themes close to Ibbotson's heart, the main one being Austria, and as you read it is all the more enjoyable as her enthusiasm is filtered into the novel.

It concerns Annika, a young orphan raised in an eccentric house of sibling Professors, with her parental figures being the cook, Ellie, and the housemaid, Sigrid.

When a baby, they discovered her in a church and have looked after her since then. Although she loves her adopted family, she cannot help dreaming of a glamourous and mysterious mother.

When a glamourous and mysterious mother does appear, Annika, although regretful at leaving behind the people she has grown to love, is thrilled at the prospect of her new life.

Containing a sub-plot which is the premise for the real "Star of Kazan", the book is beautifully written with Eva Ibbotson's classic style and passion. It takes a rather clichéd idea and gives it new depths (the idea itself contains the central focus of the plot so I shan't reveal it here) and although slightly predictable at times and aimed at a younger audience than perhaps "Journey to the River Sea" and her other books such as "Magic Flutes", "Song for Summer" ect. is a lovely book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Alessandra on 28 Oct. 2007
Format: Paperback
This is a wonderful book for anyone - a gripping story with wonderful characters, both child and adult. My 11-year-old son and I both enjoyed it from page 1 to the end.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Laura on 2 Feb. 2008
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This is probably the best book I have ever read. I read Journey to the River Sea and loved it and then this one was recommended to me and I thought it was amazing. The book is all about this girl called Annika who lives in Vienna with her foster mum Ellie, Ellie's best friend Sigrid and three professors. However as a baby Annika was left in a church and Ellie took her in. One day Annika's mother comes to fetch her and Annika is swept on an adventure of discovery and unexpected danger. I would recommend this book to anyone aged 10-12 particularly as I think this is the age the book is really good for. However older or younger readers may also enjoy this story. It suits pretty much everyone from the ages of 10-12. It has an historical part to it, good characters, adventure and the growing up of a teenage girl. This book was a real page turner and really addicting, do read it and Journey to the River Sea as well.
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