Author(s): Mary Hoffman
The first book in the intriguing and exciting Stravaganza series.
Imagine you are one moment ill in bed, and the next transported to a world that is awash with deception, intrigue and glamour. This is exactly what happens to Lucien. In a spine-tingling discovery, Lucien finds out that he is in fact a 'Stravagante' - somebody who, with the help of a talisman, can transport himself in time and place. But that is not all - in his new-found world it appears that he is integral to saving the city, Belleza, from disaster
Swishing velvet, glittering masks, political intrigue and treachery, a demanding and imperious Duchessa - Mary Hoffman has combined all of these and more to create the wonderful world of sixteenth-century Bellezza. Inspired by Venice, the city is filled with an extraordinary richness that touches all the senses.
Striking new jacket look will reinvigorate the series Published in conjunction with a much-awaited new title in the Stravaganza series, City of Secrets
City of Masks is a poignant, touching and exciting novel, difficult to put down. This is one of the best time-slip stories that I have read in recent years. Without doubt a masterwork of contemporary children's literature. ' Edgardo Zaghini Children's Literature Officer, Booktrust 'One of the most exciting adventures I've read in years.' Wendy Cooling, Best Books for Christmas in the Children's Bookseller
Mary Hoffman is a best-selling children's author and reviewer. She is the author of the picture book 'Amazing Grace' which is an international best-seller. She is a complete aficionado of Italy - all her love for Italy has been infused into this series. Mary is also the editor of Armadillo, a children's revew magazine. She has three grown-up children and lives with her husband in Carterton, outside Oxford.