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The Undrowned Child - Michelle Lovric

The Undrowned Child - Michelle Lovric
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Title: The Undrowned Child

Author:  Michelle Lovric

ISBN:  9781842557020

Weight:  852 g

Signed, lined and publication dated first edition, first printing

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The Undrowned Child by Michelle Lovric

Teodora has always longed to visit Venice, and at last she has her chance.  But strange and sinister things are afoot in the beautiful floating city.

Teo is quickly subsumed into a secret world in which salty-tongued mermaids run subversive printing presses, ghosts good and bad patrol the streets, statues speak, rats read, and librarians fluidly turn into cats.

And where a book, The Key to the Secret City, leads Teo straight into the heart of the danger that threatens to destroy the city to which she feels she belongs.

An ancient proverb seems to unite Teo with a Venetian boy, Renzo, and with the Traitor who has returned from the dark past to wreak revenge…

But who is the Undrowned Child destined to save Venice?

Peer & Press Reviews

A stunning debut novel by bestselling adult novelist Michelle Lovric.  Part fairy-tale, part historical fiction, this is writing that is alight and alive.  Two worlds are held in balance, Venice on the cusp of change, as science exerts an ever stronger stranglehold against a deeper, underwater world of myth and mermaids.  A beautifully told allegory that captures the power of language, this has definite crossover appeal.

Jake Hope, The Bookseller

A captivating magical fantasy in a secret watery underworld, The Undrowned Child tells how eleven year old Teodora is swept into the storybook world of invisible children whose task is to save the dying city of Venice.  Working alongside the mermaids Theodora’s task is immense.  Together can they save the city before the water destroys it?  With lyrical writing and an unputdownable plot this is something very special.

Julia Eccleshare, LoveReading4Kids

A wonderful alternate world historical fantasy, pitting myth and legend against science.  Underlying environmental themes and well-drawn characters, including curry-loving mermaids, add depth to a satisfying an literary adventure.

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Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title The Undrowned Child
Author
Book Features
Edition / printing First edition, first printing
Overall condition Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed On the title page
Lined Welcome to Venice We’ve been waiting for you a very long time
Dated 2.07.09 [publication day]
Book Stats
Publisher Orion Publishing Group
Imprint Orion Children’s Books
Age guide 12+
Publication date
Printed by Clays Ltd, Bungay
ISBN 13 9781842557020
Format Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages 396
Size (h x w x d) 205 x 140 x 39mm
Image and Design Credits
Author photograph Riccardo Bertarello
Map Ian P. Benfold Haywood

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