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Printing presses ghosts good and bad patrol the streets statues speak rats read and librarians turn fluidly into cats And where a book The Key to the Secret City leads Teo straight into the heart of the danger that threatens to destr. 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 s also too long I was completely sick of the book by 45% of the way through More just kept getting piled on with no benefit to the story There was no reason for the book to be set when it was and the author has placed the book in a specific year 1899 but she has not SET the book in that year There are too many things in the first few chapters that are modern habits ideas practices thoughts which would not be the case in the time she has given for the events of the book At that time period it was not normal for a child to be raised with the knowledge that she was adopted if she was adopted as an infant and it s not something Teo s society would encourage her to talk about especially with random people While the reason she s a vegetarian was explained in the book the idea of vegetarianism due to the concept that it s cruel to kill animals would have been considered than eccentric and even if Teo s parents had been uirky and accepted it society in general did not shy away from expressing an opinion on a child being allowed to be that headstrong It wouldn t have gone over Both of Teo s parents are scientists dad but also MOM and both are invited as being some of the world s greatest scientists in other words mom is valued just as much as dad by the scientific and political communities of the country which would not have been the case Even if Teo s mom was such an outstanding scientist as to be able to escape the bias against her sex the other parents were in the same position both mom and dad world famous scientists invited to solve a major problem with the women just as valued as the men It wouldn t have happened in that time and place The moms would have been relegated to the hotel rooms or to taking notes for their husbands regardless of how intelligent and accomplished they were These are just random bits to give examples the point is that Teo and everyone around her behave as if they are present in modern day Italy and there was no need to place the book firmly and repeatedly in 1899 if the characters were not going to act appropriately for the time period Basically I think this would have been a fantastic book if someone else had written it The writing uality was poor while the ideas were great

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Teodora has always longed to visit Venice And at last she has her chance But strange and sinister things are afoot in the beautiful floating cityTeo is uickly subsumed into a secret world in which salty tongued mermaids run subversive. 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 winks to adult readers about the Biennial I ll be adding Teo to my Bookish Protagonists list tooYet it didn t work for me If I weren t stuck in bed I might have put it down unfinished but I soldiered on There is so much to like the rowdy mermaids the Cat archivist yet it didn t hold my interest Perhaps there was simply too much invention overstuffed and spilling out the edges of the book overwhelming the story It was as if the author didn t expect to ever write another book at least not one set in Venice and had to shove everything into this oneIt meant that I wasn t engaged in the plot I couldn t make guesses or put together what might happen next because anything could happen next Some totally new twist or creature or snippet of history would appear and change the situation and I was just along for the rideI had a similar experience with Adam Gopnik s The King in the Window about a young American boy in Paris modern day who is swept into a war between the Mirror Wraiths and the Window Wraiths Both books are written perhaps from a love of the cities that are their settings and a desire to share ideas with young readers than from the impulse of story tellingThe major difference may be that Gopnik s young hero is extremely ordinary and Teodora is somewhat overtalented

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Oy the city to which she feels she belongsAn ancient proverb seems to unite Teo with a Venetian boy Renzo and with the Traitor who has returned from the dark past to wreak revenge But who is the undrowned child destined to save Venice. 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

  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 winks to adult readers about the Biennial I'll be adding Teo to my Bookish Protagonists list tooYet it didn't work for me If I weren't stuck in bed I might have put it down unfinished but I

  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 l

  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 we

  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

  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 Did it not reuire imag

  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 descriptions; I loved the fa

  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

  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

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