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The Star of Kazan Paperback – Unabridged, 2 May 2008

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; Reprints 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 (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 258,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Ibbotson, master of the 'poor orphan makes good' tale, offers another eminently satisfying example... [R]eaders will long remember the admirable Annika and cheer her eventual, well-deserved, triumph."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Ibbotson, master of the poor orphan makes good tale, offers another eminently satisfying example [R]eaders will long remember the admirable Annika and cheer her eventual, well-deserved, triumph. Kirkus Reviews, starred review" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A beautiful new look edition of this enthralling and enchanting adventure set in turn-of-the-century Vienna. From the author of the best-selling JOURNEY TO THE RIVER SEA.

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By A Customer 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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It's a great book for girl (and not only). Eva Ibbotson is a talented writer, she has many funny books to enjoy like "Great chost rescue", "Wich, wich" etc... But this book doesn't look these ones. Very kind, very sensible charming story about a girl Annika, who lives in "gold city" Vienna , city of music, city of glory. Annika was adopted when was very little, but she lives happily with her new mother and her friends. She loves her life, but sometimes dreams her real mother to find her. And one day unknown beautiful luxurious woman knocks to the door of Annika's house.... And what will Annika chose: her old simple life in Vienna, where she worked on the kitchen and kept the house, where she made with her old family Christmas dinner, where she played with friends in Vienna central park and went on the birthday to the Horse show... or the new life in German castle, where she will have servants.
It's a mystery romance, what secrets does Annika keep you could know if read this book. I really recommend it.
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