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The Undrowned Child PDF é The Undrowned  PDF/EPUB ² 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 cityTeo 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 turn fluidly 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 belongsAn 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 At first it looked like this book had EVERYTHING I picked it up in the library, saw the cover, read it was about MERMAIDS and Venice and magic and dark stuff, had a love story and an awesome heroine you know how it goes.So I started reading and at first it really was everything I could want from a book But then I can t explain it It was too full of everything The whole book was a giant twist Or maybe a pile of smaller twists A really giant pile Full of unnecessary crap.I had a lot o At first it looked like this book had EVERYTHING I picked it up in the library, saw the cover, read it was about MERMAIDS and Venice and magic and dark stuff, had a love story and an awesome heroine you know how it goes.So I started reading and at first it really was everything I could want from a book But then I can t explain it It was too full of everything The whole book was a giant twist Or maybe a pile of smaller twists A really giant pile Full of unnecessary crap.I had a lot of trouble understanding what the heck was going on I should have read it in one piece because when I picked it up again, I understood absolutely nothing My attention started wandering, I skipped pages and I just couldn t get sucked into the story again.It s a shame, because this isn t a bad book and the mermaids the most important stuff for me were brilliant Theo was a great character and even though I didn t like Renzo very much, he grew on me too Oh, and the cat lady rocked All her life Teodora has wanted to visit Venice, but her adoptive parents have always resisted Now Venice is sinking faster than ever before and strange things are stirring, and her scientific parents have been called from Naples to attend a convention to figure out the problem and its solution while the Mayor of Venice pretends that nothing is wrong and that children aren t dying Eleven year old Teo happily explores the ancient city and, when it falls on her head in an old bookshop, acquires All her life Teodora has wanted to visit Venice, but her adoptive parents have always resisted Now Venice is sinking faster than ever before and strange things are stirring, and her scientific parents have been called from Naples to attend a convention to figure out the problem and its solution while the Mayor of Venice pretends that nothing is wrong and that children aren t dying Eleven year old Teo happily explores the ancient city and, when it falls on her head in an old bookshop, acquires a little volume with a mermaid on the cover The Key to the Secret City Carved and painted mermaids decorate the city and begin mouthing rough sailor talk to Teo that only she can hear, and the book seems to have been written just for her, Teodora of Sad Memory.The knock on the head the book gave her sees her sent to hospital with a concussion, and during the night she disappears, only to wake up on a tomb two days later No one can see her except other children and ghosts because she is now between the linings she can only watch as her parents put up missing posters and search for her The Key to the Secret City shows her Venice, but it isn t until she meets Lorenzo, a smug, studious boy, that she learnsof the history of the city And when the two are led by the Key to the mermaids and their Seldom Seen Press which they use to print handbills telling the truth about the city, they learn the truth about Bajamonte Tiepolo, who in 1310 tried to take over the city for his own ends that now, in 1899, he s returned, that he s trying to put his body back together and drown Venice in mud Teo also learns the truth of her own past, how she came to be adopted and live in Naples, and who her real parents are.The mermaids have an important task for Teo and Lenzo, the Undrowned Child and the Studious Son they must find Bajamonte s Spell Almanac and help defeat him in a battle that only the supernatural can fight, while in the depths of the lagoon a Creature stirs This is a gorgeous book, beautiful in form and appearance as much as in story the dustjacket is thick and old feeling, with a wonderful illustration and rich colours, a gold embossed title and marbled flyleaf The pages are thicker than normal too, with chapter headings in old typeface and the story in a similar font as that used for the Harry Potter books There s so much detail in the look and feel of the book, as well as a map of the old city, that it perfectly complements the tone of the story and makes you feel like you re holding pirates treasure.Based on real historical events artistically altered to fit the story, Lovric has written a charming story full of weird and wonderful characters, magic and mystery, adventure and mayhem, folklore and Viennese history Teo doesn t narrate but hers is the perspective we see through, and she is a wonderful protagonist who carries the story easily She has the gift of seeing what people are saying in their own personal script above their heads, of reading hearts with a touch and reading books upside down My favourite character was easily the Grey Lady at the Archives, and I loved all those statues and emblems of the city coming to life in defence of their home.A busy story, events move swiftly and in deepening layers, never leaving you behind For some reason I can t figure out, this book took me a long time to read I found it hard to sit down with it and really read for any length of time It is written for children, but unlike, say, Harry Potter, I kept slipping from the story I doubt this is a problem with the bookwith myself and my life at the time it certainly didn t detract from how impressed I was with it.The tone is both light and dark, full of humour and irony and even a few political digs that should be just as noticeable to a younger audience The mermaids colourful sailors cant and love of curry was amusing, and the fantasy aspects were new and invigorating I keep coming back to the details, both in terms of story, prose and look, dialogue and character The love of books, history and the fantastical secret underbelly of an old city comes across vividly This is a Venice that you just have to visit This is definitely a book bursting with invention, and the prose style is perfect for the setting though I could have done without some of the winks to adult readers about the Biennial I ll be adding Teo to my Bookish Protagonists list, too.Yet it didn t work for me If I weren t stuck in bed, I might have put it down unfinished, but I soldiered on There is so much to like the rowdy mermaids, the Cat archivist yet it didn t hold my interest Perhaps there was simply too much invention, o This is definitely a book bursting with invention, and the prose style is perfect for the setting though I could have done without some of the winks to adult readers about the Biennial I ll be adding Teo to my Bookish Protagonists list, too.Yet it didn t work for me If I weren t stuck in bed, I might have put it down unfinished, but I soldiered on There is so much to like the rowdy mermaids, the Cat archivist yet it didn t hold my interest Perhaps there was simply too much invention, overstuffed and spilling out the edges of the book, overwhelming the story It was as if the author didn t expect to ever write another book at least not one set in Venice and had to shove everything into this one.It meant that I wasn t engaged in the plot I couldn t make guesses or put together what might happen next, because anything could happen next Some totally new twist or creature or snippet of history would appear and change the situation, and I was just along for the ride.I had a similar experience with Adam Gopnik s The King in the Window, about a young American boy in Paris modern day who is swept into a war between the Mirror Wraiths and the Window Wraiths Both books are written perhapsfrom a love of the cities that are their settings, and a desire to share ideas with young readers, than from the impulse of story telling.The major difference may be that Gopnik s young hero is extremely ordinary, and Teodora is somewhat overtalented Take one adopted child call Teodora, add a cursed city under siege from vindictive ghosts seeking revenge, a huge monster slowly coming awake under the Venice lagoon, cannibal seagulls, anti establishment mermaids, a vain friend and one handsome Venetian boy and you have all the ingredients for a spectacular adventure in real life Venice of 1899 Teo is an unusual child in many ways She has never believed she belonged in Naples and when she finally persuades her scientist family to take her Ve Take one adopted child call Teodora, add a cursed city under siege from vindictive ghosts seeking revenge, a huge monster slowly coming awake under the Venice lagoon, cannibal seagulls, anti establishment mermaids, a vain friend and one handsome Venetian boy and you have all the ingredients for a spectacular adventure in real life Venice of 1899 Teo is an unusual child in many ways She has never believed she belonged in Naples and when she finally persuades her scientist family to take her Venice she feels she is coming home She is unique in many ways She never eats fish, she can see what people are saying as handwriting appears above their heads and she can tell if someone is pure of heart by just touching their chest She finally wins the argument but sadly she is to be accompanied by a vain girl her own age, the daughter of her adoptive parents best friends Teo and Maria who loath each other are left to their own devices in Venice as their families prepare to give lectures on how Venice could be saved from drowning.Teo delights In a wonderful old bookshop she loves to read a heavy book falls on her head and she is hurt The bookshop owner gives her the book to keep her sweet and her worried parents take her back to the hotel The book is called The Key to the City and the pages come alive There is a girl on the cover who looks just like Teo and winks at her when she holds it It has an inscription dedicated to her Welcome to Venice, Teodora of sad memory, we have been waiting for you for a very long time Very odd.Her parents call in a Doctor as Teo keeps seeing things and has a headache He insists upon talking her to the hospital and that s where everything begins to go terribly wrong First a wooden statue moves and bleeds terrifying everyone, and then Teo goes missing.There are posters all over Venice alerting people to the Lost Girl But Teo is not lost or missing, she has become invisible to adults, fallen between the lines The book begins to talk to her, guide her around Venice, begins to teach her the real city and the great threat to it Everywhere there are posters statingGone Missing Teodora Stampara, 11 years old from Naples curling dark hair, green eyes, slight build, a large bruise on her forehead.But Teo spots Maria with a young man with a suspicious mole on his head and a gleaming bewitching emerald She suspects the young man of being evil but has no proof Maris is indanger than she knows but is captivated by the jewels and trinkets the young man gives her.Teo has to learn to survive by stealing food and eventually she meets the boy Renzo who condescends to speak to her, despite her being from Naples and eventually she shares The Key to the City with him.Renzo is the son of a Gondolier and is very proud of Venice and fearful of it drowning Everywhere there are leaflets warning of trouble and that no one must trust the Mayor No one knows who is printing them The Mayor says Venice is safe but Renzo tells her children everywhere are dying of plague and being buried at night so the tourists don t see the families grieving.Together with the aide of the book they meet the mermaids below the House of Spirits and discover their purpose Lussa, the beautiful Queen of Mermaids and her kin, have been waiting for the Undrowned Child and the Studious Son for a long time They enlist their help to defeat the awakening monster below and the evil Bajamonte Tiepolo who once tried to destroy Venice in 1310 and has awoken and wants to try again TAlong the way they also discover that Maria is a traitor and she is being turned into a dwarf The Undrowned Child is a fantastic tale, rich in detail, complex, scary and Teo and Renzo make a fine couple battling all, risking life and limb for a city they love Along the way the history of Venice unfolds and we meet astonishing creatures, flying Syrian cats and the massed forces of evil gathering to murder every living soul in Venice.The Undrowned Child is a truly astonishing novel by Michelle Lovric that any child who loves words and ghosts will treasure for a very long time Sam North September 22nd 2009Editor of Hackwriters and author of Mean TideMore Young Ficiton reviews

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