The Magic of Venice

by Karen Walch | Jul 30, 2021

Stravaganza: City of Masks
by Mary Hoffman

Sick and bedridden, Lucien is given a magical gift from his father. Now, each night, 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.

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The Thief Lord
by Cornelia Funke

Two orphaned brothers, Prosper and Bo, have run away to Venice, where crumbling canals and misty alleyways shelter a secret community of street urchins. Leader of this motley crew of lost children is a clever, charming boy with a dark history of his own: He calls himself the Thief Lord.

Propser and Bo relish their new "family" and life of petty crime. But their cruel aunt and a bumbling detective are on their trail. And posing an even greater threat to the boys' freedom is something from a forgotten past: a beautiful magical treasure with the power to spin time itself.

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Daughter of Venice
by Donna Jo Napoli

Although she was born to a life of privilege in 16th century Venice, fourteen year old Donata has rarely left her family's palazzo and faces a future with few choices and little hope.  Disguising herself as a commoner, she explores the city she has lived in all her life but never seen.  But, her new experiences present her with a difficult choice. What does she really want from life?  And what will she have to risk to have it?

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