City of Ships (Stravaganza) Paperback – 1 Mar 2010
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'The narrative brims with breathtaking twists and turns. The descriptions of Talia are outstanding' --The School Librarian
About the Author
Mary Hoffman is an acclaimed children's author and critic. She is the author of the internationally bestselling picture book Amazing Grace. Her Stravaganza Sequence for Bloomsbury has its own fan forum and Stravaganza - City of Secrets, was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. The Falconer's Knot was shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Award. She has three grown-up children and lives with her husband in West Oxfordshire.
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It's an uplifting read about friendship, relationships and finding yourself and creates a world that you can transport yourself away to. Every time I read any of the Stravaganza books I am transported to this world of magic that Mary Hoffman has created
This book encompasses science fiction, history, magic and Italy. Some of my favourite things, all in one delightful read. If you’re expecting something complex and an antagonist who turns up at every corner, ready to thwart the protagonists plans with well thought out plans that leave you on the edge of your seat, then you will be disappointed, but if you just want a read that’s enjoyable, slightly different than the normal science fiction, and characters that you can really get behind, then this is it! The plot flows nicely, like I say, there is nothing too complex, but maybe that isn’t a bad thing?
The story constantly changes perspectives, telling the story from different character’s narratives, and it was great to be able to follow the thoughts and actions of characters who were not the main character but still intrinsic to the plot. It allows the reader to form bonds with characters that they otherwise wouldn’t be able to.
My main issue is that sometimes the conversation seems a little stilted and forced. This can make it a little bit difficult to relate to the characters, which in turn can make the characters seem a little emotionless with what could have been big moments for character development getting ‘glossed over’.Read more ›
In many ways this is very similar to the high school story genre, where a young woman turns from a geeky, lonely girl into a popular, happy and confident student. On the other hand, there is a serious diversion from the genre here as the transformation is due to the double life she leads in another world and safely avoids the banality of many of the other coming of age books. City of Ships will nevertheless still appeal to female readers with its succession of handsome boys and romance budding between many of the characters. If you're looking for plenty of action this will probably not be the book for you as the author dwells on character growth rather than on a rapid pace.Read more ›
The country of Talia is just as, if not more, beautiful as our Italy - I wish I could go there.
I knew the cities of the previous books, but have never been to either Ravenna or Classe - now I feel I don't need to, as Mary Hoffman has brought them to life in a quite incredible way. Her ability to merge past and present is quite marvellous, and her understanding of teenagers of today is amazing - wonderful books for all ages.
Just right. Light, enagaging and thrilling. I would recommend it to anyone, and a great deal through amazon.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just when I thought Mary Hoffman had covered all original ideas for the Stravaganza series, ‘City of Ships’ brought a fresh and interesting plot that I really enjoyed. Read morePublished on 10 Mar. 2014 by Sarah Brown
This is a fantastic story, well written, full of suspense and twists. You'll fall in love with all the characters.Published on 14 Dec. 2013 by Sara Duncan
Loved it , it is a great book will always want to read it ! If I were you have a look at it because it is AMAZING!
have bought the series and this is a great book / series. I can't wait for the next one. service from vendor was very very good.Published on 10 May 2013 by Dulwich mum
This is the fifth of a series of fantasies about twentieth-century London teenagers, translated to a parallel world in 16th century 'Talia' (Italy). Read morePublished on 3 Jun. 2011 by Amazon Customer
The story of this book has to be one of my favourites in the series, as you follow Isabel's journey as a stravagante. Read morePublished on 1 May 2011 by Ms. C. A. Hazell
Isabel is about to join a secret club called the Stravaganti. The Stravaganti are a group of high school students in London who travel back in time to a place similar to... Read morePublished on 6 Jan. 2011 by TeensReadToo