The Star of Kazan

The Star of Kazan


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After twelve-year-old Annika, a foundling living in late nineteenth-century Vienna, inherits a trunk of costume jewelry, a woman claiming to be her aristocratic mother arrives and takes her to live in a strangely decrepit mansion in Germany.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142405826
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 04/06/2006
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 408,606
Product dimensions: 5.09(w) x 7.73(h) x 1.11(d)
Lexile: 880L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Eva Ibbotson, born Maria Charlotte Michelle Wiesner (1925–2010), was an Austrian-born British novelist, known for her children's books. Some of her novels for adults have been successfully reissued for the young adult market in recent years. For the historical novel Journey to the River Sea (Macmillan, 2001), she won the Smarties Prize in category 9–11 years, garnered unusual commendation as runner-up for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, and made the Carnegie Medal, Whitbread Award, and Blue Peter Book Award shortlists. She was a finalist for the 2010 Guardian Children's Fiction Prize at the time of her death. Her last book, The Abominables, was one of eight books on the longlist for the same award in 2012.

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“Ibbotson, master of the ‘poor orphan makes good’ tale, offers another eminently satisfying example… [R]eaders will long remember the admirable Annika and cheer her eventual, well-deserved, triumph.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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The Star of Kazan 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book has become one of my best reads. it is so heart warming from the very beginning, that you can't leave it till you read it all. Annika is a foundling who has been brought up by two servants, Ellie and Sigrid. She dreams of her real mother arriving to claim her, which really happens in the due course. but liitle does she know that she is being cruelly robbed of her priceless possessions, which are left to her by an old lady.finally, the truth is uncovered and annika's well-wishers and friends save her life. it is a must- read for all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Many of the reading suggestions for fifth- and sixth-graders at our school were written twenty or thirty years ago but Star of Kazan is recent, written in 2004. It takes place in Vienna, Austria at the end of the Austro-Hungarian empire. Young Annika, a foundling taken in by servants in a well-to-do home, dreams of the day that her true mother reclaims her.
thesmellofbooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Such a lively, alive, wonderful book!
scherervms on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book.I felt the person who had written this book had a lot of imagination.I bet a lot of people liked it.Its about a girl who dreams what she draws with a special pencil.But she is not the only one.
beth123 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Anika has always dreamed of having a real mother, but when a rich aristercrat clams to be her mother Anika thinks everything will be ok but then mysteries of the past unfold and Anika finds herself in danger!
bookenthusiast100 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The story on an orphan girl in Vienna in the 1940's. A great description on the city and the zeitgeist. Reminds me of such older girlie books as Ann of Green Gables or Emily of New moon.
Laurencita on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
a different genre for ibbotson. loved it.
ccagney on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Annika was found by two ladies named Ellie and Sigrid. The star of Kazan is a jewel that an old lady left her in her will.
ewyatt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I listened to this book and enjoyed the story of Annika. I knew something was fishy about her "mother."
NevilShute on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Listened to this one on tape. Very well done. Probably would not have finished it if I were reading it. Improbable, but fun.
abbylibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Annika has never celebrated a birthday. Instead, she celebrates her Found Day, which is the day she was found by Ellie and Sigrid and taken to live in the professors' house in Vienna. All her life, Annika has dreamed that her mother would come and find her and in her dreams, her mother is a fine lady. When Annika's mother actually shows up, she does not disappoint. She's dressed in the finest clothes and takes Annika out to a meal at the finest restaurant in town. Then she takes Annika with her back to Spittal, her ancestral home. From the moment Annika arrives, she senses that things are not quite right. There are paintings missing from the walls, the house is freezing, and the expensive vase that was in her room one day is gone the next. Then one happy day her mother comes back from a trip to Switzerland with the news that her godfather has passed away and left her a fortune. Annika thinks that Spittal is saved... but there's much she has yet to find out and it just might cost her everything to figure out the truth. I think I loved this book because of the characters. Annika is a great character, very spunky and likeable, and she is supported by a varied cast of friends (and enemies). However, you can never truly be sure of who to trust. Things twist around and the story takes many turns. If you're looking for a great, sprawling story with a twisty plot and great characters, I recommend The Star of Kazan.
sokkr on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The genius inside of Eva Ibbotson is unimaginable. She livens the story by a mile
MindySJB More than 1 year ago
This is one of my all-time favorite books. I wish I would have discovered Eva Ibbotson when I was in grade school! She weaves the most beautiful tales of friendship and family, with excellent doses of mystery and deceit thrown in to keep the reader guessing. Her tales remind me of A Little Princess and The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnette. Before that last comment leads you to think Ibbotson only writes for girls, my boys both enjoyed Star of Kazan and Dragonfly Pool and wouldn't think of Ibbotson as only a "girls' author."
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bear123 More than 1 year ago
This book takes you to a whole different world, new levels, and fun twists and turns! This book is definitrly one of my favorites!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
to start with, it was my daughter's class book club assigned book, library ran out ot the book but they offered CD instead. We started listening in the car and just hooked on it. It even made my chaotic morning easier. In mornings, she would just jump in car and wait for me to start car and put the book on. It was great. with no time we already at school. And we loved the story. the book well spoken.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My sister-in -law is a librarian for a school and each summer reads hundreds of books, and she suggested reading this book and I found it delightful to read and hoped it would continue. C.S.Lewis said if a book is really good it will be enjoyed by both an adult and a child, well this one fits. I am in my 50s and my mom is in her 70s and I gave it to a friend who is 16 and we all enjoyed it. In the book Ellie is a cook and Sigrid as a housemaid and they find a baby in a small white church in the mountains with a note pinned on, and so begins the story of little Annika. Try it, you will like it.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is very good. It has suspense, when you are waiting for Annika to relize that she is being lied to. I really think Mrs. Ibbotson did a great job.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Eva Ibbotsons' books whether it be ghosts and witches, or a trip down the amazon she is a great writer and when I read The Star of Kazan I wanted to scream out my excitment! Over all this is one of her best books ever!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I didn't think I was going to like it when I read the back cover, but I was wrong. It was a pretty good book after all.