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Within days of her arrival she is subsumed into the secret life of Venice a world in which salty tongued mermaids run subversive The Undrowned PDFEPUBprinting presses ghosts good and bad patrol the streets and librarians turn flui This was a disappointment Apparently all scientists are unimaginative rational and unable to appreciate art mood or atmosphere Being rational is intrinsically bad also Perhaps Ms Lovric should meet some scientists as in my experience many of them are keen on the arts and have to be imaginative in order to do their work Did it not reuire imagination to propose that microscopic organisms are responsible for human diseaseAnyway Lovric s prejudices aside this is a fairly standard orphan with hidden destiny story enlivened by a great scene where all the good magical entities of Venice are called to fight against the eually magical forces of evil

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It's the beginning of the th century the age of scientific progress But for Venice the future looks bleak A conference of scientists assembles to address the problems among whose delegates are the parents of twelve year old Teodora 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 acuires 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 MemoryThe 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 learns of 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 areThe 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 treasureBased 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 homeA 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 book with myself and my life at the time it certainly didn t detract from how impressed I was with itThe 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

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Dly into cats A battle against forces determined to destroy the city once and for all uickly ensues Only Teo the undrowned child who survived a tragic accident as a baby can go 'between the linings' to subvert evil and restore orde Glorious depiction of a fantastical Venice I ve been there in the floods and felt its dark undercurrents so this felt true in many ways Enjoyable read with lots of little details that will fascinate


10 thoughts on “The Undrowned Child

  1. says:

    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 c

  2. says:

    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 w

  3. says:

    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 belo

  4. says:

    Back in March I ran into this book during a children's and YA book sale I won't lie this book has the most beautiful cover art of any book I've ever seen and that would be one hundred percent why I picked it up Even the end pages were gorgeousBut then I picked it up and read the blurb it was set in Venice One of my dream European cities Ok so the premise sounded like it had promise too but really I might have bought it anyhowVenice Pretty

  5. says:

    MontanaLibrary2GoIt just wasn't very good Lots of good ideas not executed well Far too much crammed in Take Teo for example She's the Undrowned Child the Lost Daughter she can see people's words written above their heads read upside down and backward has a photographic memory can read people's hearts by touching their chests is able to learn new dialects and use unfamiliar languages near instantaneously et cetera et cetera It's too much It

  6. says:

    This was a disappointment Apparently all scientists are unimaginative rational and unable to appreciate art mood or atmosphere Being rational is intrinsically bad also Perhaps Ms Lovric should meet some scientists as in my experience many of them are keen on the arts and have to be imaginative in order to do their work Di

  7. says:

    Glorious depiction of a fantastical Venice I've been there in the floods and felt its dark undercurrents so this felt true in many ways Enjoyable read with lots of little details that will fascinate

  8. says:

    Overall Review What a lovely exciting and thorough story By the time I finished this book I felt like it could be possible for me to walk through Venice and name every building I saw I loved the history; I loved the descrip

  9. says:

    At first glance this book seemed like it was written for me Magic mystery and mermaids in an alternate Venice of 1899 What could be better Unfortunately there was simply too much going on in this book and at times it was hard to follow the thread view spoilerCase in point At one stage Teo ends up in a church I think where Bajamont

  10. says:

    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 goesSo I started rea

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