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  • Title: The Star of Kazan
  • Author: Eva Ibbotson Kevin Hawkes
  • ISBN: 9780525473473
  • Page: 415
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Annika is happy living in the servants quarters of a house owned by three eccentric professors She adores Ellie and Sigrid, the cook and housemaid who found her as a baby, abandoned on a church doorstep In the eleven years since, they have taught her how to bake and clean to perfection Then one day a glamorous stranger arrives, claiming to be Annika s mother Annika isAnnika is happy living in the servants quarters of a house owned by three eccentric professors She adores Ellie and Sigrid, the cook and housemaid who found her as a baby, abandoned on a church doorstep In the eleven years since, they have taught her how to bake and clean to perfection Then one day a glamorous stranger arrives, claiming to be Annika s mother Annika is no servant, she learns, but an aristocrat whose true home is an ancient castle But at crumbling Spittal, Annika discovers that all is not as it seems in the lives of her newfound family.
    The Star of Kazan Annika is happy living in the servants quarters of a house owned by three eccentric professors She adores Ellie and Sigrid the cook and housemaid who found her as a baby abandoned on a church doorst

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    1. Eva Ibbotson weaves an old fashioned adventure around a young foundling called Annika Abandoned in a church on the slopes of Mt Dorfelspitze, the baby is adopted by a pair of friends Ellie, the cook and Sigrid, the housemaid They take her back to their owners house in Vienna Annika is a happy, industrious childlearning to cook Viennese delicacies from Ellie, keeping the house sparkling clean and doing a multitude of odd jobs for the eccentric professors who are the owners of the house Her spare [...]

    2. Ovo je ljubi za devoj ice od 10 do 12 godina, jedan kroz jedan lepo i dobro naho e, humane kuvarice a avih profesora, otmene plemkinje sa mra nim tajnama, seksi zagonetni ergarski de ak na konju Plus carski Be , valceri, torte, dragulji itd itd Vrlo zabavno i potpuno zadovoljavaju e na tom avanturaromantika nivou Jedino treba isklju iti senzore za nacionalne i etni ke stereotipe i svest o tome da se sve de ava oko 1906 1908 pa e svi ovi drugari glavne junakinje za koju godinu juna ki da izginu.

    3. This is a sweet story In general I like Eva Ibbotson s books, but honestly, this one really stood out to me I love how she catches you off guard with details you didn t think mattered The main character is kind and you can really sympathize to her, and the overall plot is well developed It s not too hard of a read, and the words flow easily I really think you should read this book it s one of my favorites.

    4. SO AWESOOOOOMEEEE I loved this It took me a little while to get into it at first, due to the slow build up but when the part came about the stolen trunk, I couldn t put it down From there on everything got so nerve wracking and exciting, I had no idea what to expect The storytelling s absolutely fantastic.The ending was a little sad despite everything that occurred Don t get me wrong I loved it and all, but it was a shame that the mother was responsible for the stolen trunk and screwing up Annik [...]

    5. I do like Eva Ibbotson.Her books for older people A Countess Below Stairs is my favorite are really excellent, but her children s books are almost better By which I meaneven tightly plotted, even lovable, even well written Annika isn t absolutely fascinating, but she s strong and funny and she has pretty hair Although I have to say, I m a bit tired of the protagonist shut up in some awful place, succoring herself with remembering something good about her life cooking, the pattern on the rug i [...]

    6. I liked the parts of this story that took place in Vienna The author made it sound beautiful and charming Also, the food sounded delicious The parts that took place in Germany were boring Not much happens there in this story The MC, Annika, was all right, but I didn t connect with her I did enjoy getting to know the Professors, though They became likeable as the story went along Unfortunately, they weren t much involved with this story I didn t like Annika s family They were quite horrible Indi [...]

    7. This is one of the only books which cause me to have an out of body experience by which I mean, I felt transported away from my real life, and I could see the story world so clearly before me, hear the sounds, know the characters Normally we feel this to a certain extent when reading, but every so often a book comes along and really sweeps you off your feet Bizarrely, Heidi is the only other like this which springs to mind.I first read this on a crowded campsite in the South of France The sun wa [...]

    8. 3.5 starsThis is just a fun, very enjoyable tale of an foundling child, Annika, who was taken in by Sigrid and Ellie, the servants of a trio of professors in Vienna She has a happy life there with her adopted mother Ellie, her aunt and uncles , and her many friends throughout the town She daydreams about her mother one day coming for her, until it actually happens and she is dragged off to Germany.Now, if you know Ibbotson s style, not much in the story will come as a surprise, as her plots are [...]

    9. A splendid orphan story and a good one for reinforcing the idea that we can make our own families I loved the turn of the century Vienna setting, and there were just the right amount of fairy folk tale touches Excellent for 10 13 year old girls, but also for adults who like old fashioned stories Jim Trelease of the Read Aloud Handbook recommended this book to me about 7 years ago I have chosen it for my 11 year old Book Club this year and I m anxious to see how the girls enjoy it.January 2012I v [...]

    10. The last time I read this book was about 5 years ago and I remembered it to have been a good book but I had forgotten just how good it is Once again, I am blown away by the way Eva Ibbotson creates a completely believable new world and thoroughly enjoyable characters Although this book is written for children, I recommend that you also read it as a teen or adult because it is only then that you will be able to appreciate the truly beautiful writing style, especially the descriptions of historic [...]

    11. Just as good as her book The Dragonfly PoolI might have even liked the story better Overall, great story, well written, great characters a really nice read

    12. A wonderfully readable mystery by the incomparable Eva Ibbotson Annika is an orphan who was abandoned as an infant She is taken in by two servants who work for a family of eccentric professors She grows up in a servant s world, surrounded by love, but she yearns to know about her birth mother Annika is recruited to care for the elderly relative of an obnoxious family in the neighborhood who are indifferent to their relative s well being Annika befriends the old lady, who tells her all about her [...]

    13. HmmEva Ibbotson wrote this as a tribute to Vienna, the country she grew up in, and sure enough, I only liked the sections that took place in Vienna, not in Germany I found the part of the story that takes place in Germany miserably depressing Sadly, the Vienna section is only the first 80, and last 50 pages of the over 400 page book I wasn t in the mood to read a depressing story, so I skimmed the rest of the book, because I was interested in seeing what happened.The story is about a girl named [...]

    14. I loved the subtle humor in this It got me from the first chapter, when Ellie a middle aged cook is hiking up a mountain with her friend Sigrid, and stops in a church to, as she tells it, pray for her dearly departed mother that she dreamed about last night Sigrid rolls her eyes and says I told you not to wear those new boots on the hike I ll admit I picked it up partly because the protagonist s name is Annika, but this exceeded my expectations It s atmospheric historical fiction set in Viena , [...]

    15. I usually like Eva Ibbotson so I wanted to give this book a try Of all the Ibbotson I have read, this has been my least favorite I am not sure what elements really turned me off Maybe it was the predictability, maybe it was the decisions Annika made that just didn t make any sense to me Her idea of a mother and the actions of a mother up against the experience of living with her foster mother should have been cut and dry to me I couldn t understand the misguided sense of loyalty That spoiled it [...]

    16. Not quite as good as Journey to the River Sea.Good lyricism and atmosphere.Boring in bits.Lacking a strong, in any way, main character Rather like a sheep, in that she question her mother in no way and just followed along.Side characters were interesting.Predictable plot.Still enjoyable.Recommended for MG children.

    17. Oh my I loved this just as much as I did the last time I read it Such a sweet story and just the ending you are hoping for Also, this book has the Spanish Riding School and the Lippizaner stallions in it What could a girl ask for I hope my nieces like it as much as me.

    18. 4.5I would call this a modern classic It reads like one Great storytelling, scene building, character development Vienna comes to life with the author s words And so does the rundown Spittal in northern Germany, the other major setting in the book There s a lot of warmth and ease in the storytelling And the author takes the time to show us Annika s life, from when she is raised as a foundling by a housemaid and a cook who work in the professors house in Vienna to when she thinks she has finally [...]

    19. Annika lives in Vienna, in the household of three professors, where s she being raised by the two servants who found her in a church when she was just a few days old Although she is very happy in her life and loves the professors as well as Ellie and Sigrid, the servants who found her, Annika has dreams about her mother coming, arriving at the house in Vienna to reclaim her Annika just knows that her mother will be beautiful and someone important and that she will be delighted to have found her [...]

    20. 11 year old Annika has had the same dream ever since she can remember the mother who abandoned her in a tiny church in the Austrian mountains suddenly arrives at the door She s never really imagined what would happen after that point, but it s still a lovely dream Annika doesn t daydream about it too much, she s too busy living and loving life with her adopted family in Vienna She lives with Ellie and Sigrid, the two women who found her in the church that sunny day, along with three sibling prof [...]

    21. Reading Eva Ibbotson s The Star of Kazan is like falling into pile of clean sheets warm from the clothes dryer A welcome coziness, especially after the bout of mediocre to terrible books I read at the start of the year It s always interesting to me to read literature aimed at a much younger audience, especially when it s my first time reading it There is a different weight of storytelling involved, and the telling emphasizes sensory engagement I don t have any lens of nostalgia through which to [...]

    22. I had to read Star of Kazan for my English class My friends all read it before me, and they said it was a really good book I believed them but once I began to start reading, I began to have doubts To be honest, I wasn t all that thrilled with the storyline I ve had previous experiences with Eva Ibbotson books, and I didn t particularly enjoy any of them But I didn t hate any of them Just neutral.The Star of Kazan is about a girl called Annika who celebrates her Found Day instead of her birthday [...]

    23. Eva Ibbotson is by far my favourite author ever Her books are the perfect mix of historical fiction, adventure and that special touch Eva adds to all her books The Star of Kazan was lovely and I absolutely loved the twists and turns of the story Eva Ibbotson does this thing in her books where she makes you just want to be there and seeing the events unwinding right in front of you, with the Star of Kazan, the detailed description of Vienna and the sights within just made me want to jump into the [...]

    24. Los libros de Ibbotson son parte de mi infancia y, normalmente, me encantan, pero este me ha decepcionado Conforme avanza la historia la protagonista pasa de ser una chica vivaracha y curiosa a una idiota que no se entera de nada y a la que tienen que salvar continuamente Adem s, no s que le ha dado a Ibbotson para montarse semejante apolog a anti adopci n seg n este libro el ADN es m s importante que el cari o y debes poner a familiares de sangre que te maltratan por encima de una familia adopt [...]

    25. Sometimes I felt like this story was wandering, especially at the beginning Hard to put down, though And hard to describe there was humor, but it s not a funny book There were a lot of strange things happening and strange characters, some of them , but most of it felt really ordinary It was predictable, yet I kept wanting to know what would happen next The main character, Annika, got a little annoying at times, but for most of the book she s twelve, so I guess that s to be expected I did like he [...]

    26. I debated between 4 to 5 stars As an adult, I very much enjoyed this book, hence the 4 stars As a child in 5th grade, I think I would have liked it even , 5 stars The fairytale like story had a good mixture of happy and sad, love for the heroine and beauty in the setting Surrounding characters were absolutely perfect in their description and manner Annika, the main character, I came to love just as much as I loved the book Great ending to a wonderful story

    27. I don t know how Ibbotson does it, but her storytelling can only be described as LOVELY and DELIGHTFUL This was a perfectly satisfying and fulfilling read, despite being a children s middle grade book I mean, every element of a good story, of good writing, of good telling, literally everything, is spotless And there s even some subtle wittiness to boot

    28. I think this book is for middlegradeI dunno.But nevertheless,I loved it.Unfortunately I think this is due to my outgrowing it I hereby deem this novel merits a meagre 3stars.It was a really heartwarming story set in Vienna I think and I really liked it.So yeah,that s all I can say.

    29. Every fantasy lover must read this book, at least once The characters are refreshingly moulded and the story is such that one doesn t just read but dreams through the book And that is a good thing, trust me.

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