The Star of Kazan by Eva Ibbotson

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In 1896, in a pilgrim church in the Alps, an abandoned baby girl is found by a cook and a housemaid. They take her home, and Annika grows up in the servants' quarters of a house belonging to three eccentric Viennese professors. She is happy there but dreams of the day when her real mother will come to find her. And sure enough, one day a glamorous stranger arrives at the door. After years of guilt and searching, Annika's mother has come to claim her daughter, who is in fact a Prussian aristocrat and whose true home is a great castle. But at crumbling, spooky Spittal Annika discovers that all is not as it seems in the lives of her new-found family . . . Eva Ibbotson’s hugely entertaining story is a timeless classic for readers young and old.

About Eva Ibbotson

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Eva Ibbotson was born in Vienna, but spent her early childhood travelling backwards and forwards across Europe between the homes of her father, a scientist, and her mother, a novelist, who separated when she was three. When the Nazis came to power, her family fled to England. She lives in Newcastle, where she brought up her four children and has written the best-selling novels for both adults and children that have been published all around the world.
Published April 9, 2008 by Macmillan Children's Books. 404 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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Blinded by adoration, Annika barely notices how badly in need of repairs is her fortress-like new home, or how poorly she fits in with her spoiled and predatory new “family.” Readers will, though, as piece by piece, the author reveals an elaborate, clever fraud involving faked documents, smoothly...

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From the vain Egghearts, whose child Loremarie taunts Annika continuously, to the lovely Zed, the gypsy, and the mysterious great-aunt of Loremarie, Annika's life is very complicated.

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