Feb 23 The Star of Kazan by Eva Ibbotson

Wow. What an amazing book. I had been looking forward to reading one of Eva Ibbotson’s books for a really long time and so when The Star of Kazan finally came my way, I jumped at the chance. Annika is the loveliest of characters, though you can’t help getting a bit frustrated at her not seeing how evil and blatantly wrong her mother is, but more than anything I loved her descriptions of Vienna, of the pastries, and of how she learned to cook. This is what every young adult novel should be. Smart. Funny. Beautifully written. Old fashioned. Educational. A real coming of age novel.

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