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Ibbotson. Eva.
New York : Dutton Children's Books, 2004.
IL 5-8, RL 2004
ISBN 0525473475
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12-year-old Annika, a foundling, has been lovingly raised by the cook and housekeeper in a household inhabited by three eccentric professors. Life in old Vienna is grand, from the music to the pastries to the Lipizzaner stallions at the Spanish Riding School! Having been tutored in the fine arts of good housekeeping, Annika finds she is most accomplished in the kitchen. She is a cheerful   child with many friends; these include an ancient and very lonely lady in the neighborhood, who subsequently leaves her a trunk full of worn costumes and “faux” jewelry at her passing.  Despite her idyllic existence, Annika has always dreamed of having her real mother come for her, and one day it seems that her wish has been granted. She willingly leaves Vienna and all she has known to travel with the beautiful, aristocratic Frau Edeltraut to her cold, crumbling castle in the north (no ghosts this time…). It takes the help of Annika’s many friends, new and old, to discover the true motives of her new “family” and to thwart a sinister plot that would have been her ruin. Delicious characters, sinuous plot twists and evocative atmosphere make this a true masterpiece, destined to become a classic.  (New Hampshire Great Stone Face committee, 2005-2006)
SUBJECTS:     Abandoned children -- Fiction.
                        Identity -- Fiction.
                        Mothers and daughters -- Fiction.
                        Jewelry -- Fiction.
                        Vienna (Austria) -- History -- 19th century -- Fiction.
                        Austria -- History -- 1867-1918 -- Fiction.
                        Germany -- History -- 1871-1918 -- Fiction.
                        Mystery and detective stories.
                        Historical fiction.


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