...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
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Annika never has a birthday no one knows the date she was born. She celebrates her Found Day instead. For Annika was abandoned as a baby and found by a cook and a housemaid from Vienna. Her upbringing in the servants quarters of the house of three eccentric professors means that at an early age she can bake and ice a three-tier cake, and polish parquet floors to perfection. One summer's evening a very old lady comes to stay with Annika's awful neighbours. The stories of her extraordinary life as a famous dancer are spellbinding. Especially the tale of the besotted Russian count who gave her the legendary emerald, the Star of Kazan. Then suddenly a glamorous stranger arrives at Annikas door. Her mother, after years of guilt and searching, has come to claim her. Annika is no servant but a Prussian aristocrat whose true home is a great castle. But at crumbling, spooky Spittal she discovers that all is not as it seems in the lives of her new-found family . . . Eva Ibbotsons hugely entertaining story is a timeless classic for listeners young and old. Fans of JOURNEY TO THE RIVER SEA are in for an even more captivating treat in the eagerly-awaited THE STAR OF KAZAN.
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About the Author
Eva Ibbotson was born in Vienna, but when the Nazis came to power her family fled to England and she was sent to boarding school. She became a writer while bringing up her four children, and her bestselling novels have been published around the world. Her books have also won and been shortlisted for many prizes. Eva died peacefully in October 2010 at the age of eighty-five.