From the author of The Undrowned Child, a story of magic, adventure and cats set in 19th-century Venice.
Savage hyena-like creatures threaten Venice - the Ravageurs are on the prowl and seizing men, women and children.
On the night of 30 June 1846 Talina's parents disappear and she and her cat, Drusilla, are forced to go and live with her Guardian and his three savage dogs in his lonely tower in the northernmost edge of the city. Here she discovers that she has the ability to change herself into a cat, but changing herself back into a girl isn't quite so easy.
As a cat she learns about the Ravageurs and how over the centuries they have become semi magical creatures, visible only to children in the human world, and that they are intent on destroying Venice. She is determined to save the city - it's time for desperate measures - and her adventures are about to begin.
About The Author
Michelle Lovric divides her time between a flat on the Thames, and Venice. She has published three novels for adults, of which The Remedy was longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction. She combines her fiction work with editing, designing and producing literary anthologies including her own translations of Latin and Italian poetry. Her book Love Letters was a New York Times best-seller. She maintains large databases of text and visual material on memoirs, love poems and letters, female and male wit, slang/cursing/archaic words and esoteric medical matters.
I think this book deserves five out of five stars ... I was swept away into its magical adventures. [BIBLIOTECA REVIEWS] Venice itself is so well portrayed that it becomes a character in its own right. Its narrow streets, its murky canals and dark, secret towers are the setting for an astonishing world of witches, hags, mermaids and magicians. Tea towels become means of transport, ordinary household ingredients are combined into potions, and a small boy is allowed to stand up in court and argue for the preservation of the city. The book is an exciting, amusing and enchanting read. [THE BOOKBAG] For those who love action-packed fantasy, this is a must ... a magical adventure story. [BARBARA MITCHELHILL] I couldn't put this book down. I enjoyed it immensley, especially the ending ... I found this funny, filled with action and informative. Overall I give this book five stars out of five. Read it! [WE LOVE THIS BOOK - Mia Quraishi Nash, Aged 10] This is an exciting tale of courage and friendship and love for your family. [BOOKWITCH]
For Ages: 9 - 11 years old
Number Of Pages: 313
Published: 14th February 2012
Dimensions (cm): 20.6 x 13.9 x 3.2
Weight (kg): 0.393