A brand new exquisitely imagined historical fantasy novel set on the canals of Venice from award-winning author, Michelle Lovric for ages 9+
Venice in 1740, a serene and lovely city.
But look beneath the surface . . . step off the edge of what you think you know . . .
Young orphan Lily has grown up in a glum, prison-like convent. Her only freedom is walking the beautiful streets of Venice, dreaming of escape...of a family...of being loved.
Then someone tries to steal the bones of Venice's beloved Saint Lucy. Without her protection, the city's vibrant colours fade to grey. And soon, the Venetians start to turn on one another.
If Lily can't find a way to save Saint Lucy, Venice - the only home she's ever known - will descend into darkness...forever.
A magical adventure set amongst mysterious canals and filled with monstrous eels, moody mermaids and menacing curses.
A mysterious tale set in an alternate historical fantasy Venice - with mermaids - it is gripping, elegant and original - INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY
With lyrical writing and an unputdownable plot this is something very special - Julia Eccleshare, lovereading4kids
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.
Her children's books can be found at http://www.michellelovric.com/children/chindex.htm