Stravaganza City of Masks by Mary Hoffman

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Lucien is very sick with cancer and struggles with his parents' worry every day. But each night, through a magical gift from his father, his mind is transported to an enchanting city, Bellezza, a parallel city to Venice of our world. In Bellezza, Lucien discovers that he is a Stravagante, a rare person able to travel through worlds while sleeping.Befriended by a local girl and protected by an older Stravagante, Lucien uncovers a plot to murder the city's beloved ruler, the Duchessa. But to save the Duchessa and the city Lucien risks his only chance to return home to family and his real life. The well-paced, thick-with-plot story will hook the reader immediately and not let go until the superb, unexpected end. City of Masks is the first in the acclaimed Stravaganza series from the gifted Mary Hoffman.
 

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Mary Hoffman is a bestselling author and editor of the British children's review magazine Armadillo. Her love for Italy and Italian history has infused her Stravaganza series, which has earned glowing reviews. She has three grown daughters and lives with her husband in a big old converted barn in West Oxfordshire, England.www.maryhoffman.co.uk
 
Published February 1, 2011 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens. 352 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Cooking, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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Political intrigue unfolds against the glittering backdrop of an alternative Venice, in the first of a promised trilogy.

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From the British author of the Amazing Grace books comes a novel, the first in a trilogy, about a teen stricken with brain cancer who travels between two worlds. In modern-day London, Lucien Mulhol

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Dying of brain cancer in modern London, a teenager is transported to an Italianate world in his dreams—and to a city that mirrors Renaissance Venice. PW s

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Dying of brain cancer in modern London, a teenager is transported to an Italianate world in his dreams—and to a city that mirrors Renaissance Venice. PW s

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In modern-day London, Lucien Mulholland undergoes chemotherapy treatments, but when he falls asleep clutching a mysterious book his father has given him, he is transported, or "stravagated," to an enchanting 16th-century Venice-like city called Bellezza, in the country Talia.

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