The Tears of the Salamander by Peter Dickinson

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Alfredo, a choir boy in 18th-century Italy, loses his family in a fire, and his mysterious Uncle Giorgio spirits him away to their ancestral home below a volcano. There he learns that Uncle Giorgio is the Master of the Mountain; he can control the volcano. He is also an alchemist, able to make gold from the tears of the fiery salamander he captured from the heart of the mountain. Alfredo is his heir, the next Master; and as Alfredo learns the history of his family and its power, he begins to suspect that his uncle is actually a fearsome sorcerer.


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About Peter Dickinson

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Peter Dickinson: Peter Dickinson OBE has twice received the Crime Writers' Association's Gold Dagger as well as the Guardian Award and Whitbread Prize. His latest book is Earth and Air: Tales of Elemental Spirits (Big Mouth House). He lives in England and is married to the novelist Robin McKinley.
 
Published May 9, 2009 by Wendy Lamb Books. 208 pages
Genres: Travel, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Alfredo, with his ability to father sons of his own - so nearly lost to the cathedral choir - is Giorgio's passport to immortality.

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In a starred review, PW wrote, "Burning questions—about the twin influences of nature and nurture, the true meaning of family, and the possibility of guiding one's fate, to name a few—blaze below the surface of this engrossing, almost operatic novel, set in long-ago Italy."

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But when his family is killed in a freak fire, Alfredo goes to live with his secretive Uncle Giorgio in the DiSala ancestral home, a vast and lonely place on the slopes of Mount Etna.

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But when a fire kills his family, his uncle Giorgio takes him away from everything he loves to live in the family's ancient home on the volcanic Mt.

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