Nancy Keane's Booktalks -- Quick and Simple

Meyer, Kai.
New York : Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2005.
ISBN 0689877870
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This is a historical fantasy set in Venice, Italy. It's a world where mermaids with shark mouths swim in the canals and soldiers ride stone lions that can fly. Even though the city has been attacked by Egypt for years, it has been kept safe by the Flowing Queen, a water goddess. Merle is an orphan who just started working as an apprentice to a magical mirror maker

When traitor city councilmen trap the Flowing Queen in a vial and thus make the city vulnerable to being taken over by the Egyptian army, a messenger from Hell offers to make a pact with Venice. Merle finds herself in the middle of this dangerous mess as the only one who can save her city from either of these horrible fates. This is the first in a trilogy. (Davinna Artibey, Denver Center for International Studies, DPS, CO)

SUBJECTS:     Orphans -- Fiction.
                        Apprentices -- Fiction.
                        Magic -- Fiction.
                        Mirrors -- Fiction.

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