The Star of Kazan

Annika has never had a birthday Instead she celebrates her Found Day, the day a housemaid and a cook to three eccentric Viennese professors found her and took her home There, Annika has made a happy life in the servants quarters, surrounded with friends, including the elderly woman next door who regales Annika with stories of her performing days and her countless admireAnnika has never had a birthday Instead she celebrates her Found Day, the day a housemaid and a cook to three eccentric Viennese professors found her and took her home There, Annika has made a happy life in the servants quarters, surrounded with friends, including the elderly woman next door who regales Annika with stories of her performing days and her countless admirers especially the Russian count who gave her the legendary emerald, the Star of Kazan And yet, Annika still dreams of finding her true mother But when a glamorous stranger arrives claiming to be Annika s mother, and whisks her away to a crumbling, spooky castle, Annika discovers that all is not as it seems in her newfound home
The Star of Kazan Annika has never had a birthday Instead she celebrates her Found Day the day a housemaid and a cook to three eccentric Viennese professors found her and took her home There Annika has made a happy l

  • Title: The Star of Kazan
  • Author: Eva Ibbotson
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 410
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “The Star of Kazan”

    1. Eva Ibbotson weaves an old-fashioned adventure around a young foundling called Annika. Abandoned in a church on the slopes of Mt. Dorfelspitze, the baby is adopted by a pair of friends: Ellie, the cook and Sigrid, the housemaid. They take her back to their owners’ house in Vienna. Annika is a happy, industrious childlearning to cook Viennese delicacies from Ellie, keeping the house sparkling clean and doing a multitude of odd jobs for the eccentric professors who are the owners of the house. H [...]

    2. Ovo je ljubić za devojčice od 10 do 12 godina, jedan kroz jedan - lepo i dobro nahoče, humane kuvarice šašavih profesora, otmene plemkinje sa mračnim tajnama, seksi zagonetni čergarski dečak na konju! Plus carski Beč, valceri, torte, dragulji itd. itd. Vrlo zabavno i potpuno zadovoljavajuće na tom avantura&romantika nivou. Jedino treba isključiti senzore za nacionalne i etničke stereotipe i svest o tome da se sve dešava oko 1906-1908. pa će svi ovi drugari glavne junakinje za k [...]

    3. This is a sweet story. In general I like Eva Ibbotson's books, but honestly, this one really stood out to me. I love how she catches you off guard with details you didn't think mattered. The main character is kind and you can really sympathize to her, and the overall plot is well developed. It's not too hard of a read, and the words flow easily. I really think you should read this book- it's one of my favorites.

    4. SO AWESOOOOOMEEEE!!! I loved this! It took me a little while to get into it at first, (due to the slow build up) but when the part came about the stolen trunk, I couldn't put it down. From there on everything got so nerve wracking and exciting, I had no idea what to expect! The storytelling's absolutely fantastic.The ending was a little sad despite everything that occurred Don't get me wrong I loved it and all, but it was a shame that the mother was responsible for the stolen trunk and screwing [...]

    5. I do like Eva Ibbotson.Her books for older people (A Countess Below Stairs is my favorite) are really excellent, but her children's books are almost - better. By which I meaneven more tightly plotted, even more lovable, even more well-written. Annika isn't absolutely fascinating, but she's strong and funny and she has pretty hair. (Although I have to say, I'm a bit tired of the protagonist shut up in some awful place, succoring herself with remembering something good about her life [cooking, the [...]

    6. I liked the parts of this story that took place in Vienna. The author made it sound beautiful and charming. Also, the food sounded delicious. The parts that took place in Germany were boring. Not much happens there in this story. The MC, Annika, was all right, but I didn't connect with her. I did enjoy getting to know the Professors, though. They became more likeable as the story went along. Unfortunately, they weren't much involved with this story. I didn't like Annika's family. They were quite [...]

    7. This is one of the only books which cause me to have an 'out-of-body experience' - by which I mean, I felt transported away from my real life, and I could see the story world so clearly before me, hear the sounds, know the characters. Normally we feel this to a certain extent when reading, but every so often a book comes along and really sweeps you off your feet. (Bizarrely, Heidi is the only other like this which springs to mind).I first read this on a crowded campsite in the South of France. T [...]

    8. 3.5 starsThis is just a fun, very enjoyable tale of an foundling child, Annika, who was taken in by Sigrid and Ellie, the servants of a trio of professors in Vienna. She has a happy life there with her adopted mother Ellie, her "aunt" and "uncles", and her many friends throughout the town. She daydreams about her mother one day coming for her, until it actually happens and she is dragged off to Germany.Now, if you know Ibbotson's style, not much in the story will come as a surprise, as her plots [...]

    9. A splendid orphan story --- and a good one for reinforcing the idea that we can make our own families. I loved the turn-of-the-century Vienna setting, and there were just the right amount of fairy/folk tale touches. Excellent for 10-13 year old girls, but also for adults who like old-fashioned stories. Jim Trelease (of the Read-Aloud Handbook) recommended this book to me about 7 years ago. I have chosen it for my 11 year old Book Club this year and I'm anxious to see how the girls enjoy it.Janua [...]

    10. The last time I read this book was about 5 years ago and I remembered it to have been a good book but I had forgotten just how good it is. Once again, I am blown away by the way Eva Ibbotson creates a completely believable new world and thoroughly enjoyable characters. Although this book is written for children, I recommend that you also read it as a teen or adult because it is only then that you will be able to appreciate the truly beautiful writing style, especially the descriptions of histori [...]

    11. Just as good as her book The Dragonfly PoolI might have even liked the story better. Overall, great story, well-written, great characters a really nice read

    12. A wonderfully readable mystery by the incomparable Eva Ibbotson. Annika is an orphan who was abandoned as an infant. She is taken in by two servants who work for a family of eccentric professors. She grows up in a servant’s world, surrounded by love, but she yearns to know more about her birth mother. Annika is recruited to care for the elderly relative of an obnoxious family in the neighborhood who are indifferent to their relative’s well being. Annika befriends the old lady, who tells her [...]

    13. HmmEva Ibbotson wrote this as a tribute to Vienna, the country she grew up in, and sure enough, I only liked the sections that took place in Vienna, not in Germany. I found the part of the story that takes place in Germany miserably depressing. Sadly, the Vienna section is only the first 80, and last 50 pages of the over 400 page book. I wasn't in the mood to read a depressing story, so I skimmed the rest of the book, because I was interested in seeing what happened.The story is about a girl nam [...]

    14. I loved the subtle humor in this. It got me from the first chapter, when Ellie (a middle-aged cook) is hiking up a mountain with her friend Sigrid, and stops in a church to, as she tells it, pray for her dearly departed mother that she dreamed about last night. Sigrid rolls her eyes and says "I told you not to wear those new boots on the hike."I'll admit I picked it up partly because the protagonist's name is Annika, but this exceeded my expectations. It's atmospheric (historical fiction set in [...]

    15. I usually like Eva Ibbotson so I wanted to give this book a try. Of all the Ibbotson I have read, this has been my least favorite. I am not sure what elements really turned me off. Maybe it was the predictability, maybe it was the decisions Annika made that just didn't make any sense to me. Her idea of a mother and the actions of a mother up against the experience of living with her foster mother should have been cut and dry to me. I couldn't understand the misguided sense of loyalty. That spoil [...]

    16. Not quite as good as Journey to the River Sea.Good lyricism and atmosphere.Boring in bits.Lacking a strong, in any way, main character. Rather like a sheep, in that she question her "mother" in no way and just followed along.Side characters were more interesting.Predictable plot.Still enjoyable.Recommended for MG children.

    17. Oh my! I loved this just as much as I did the last time I read it! Such a sweet story and just the ending you are hoping for. Also, this book has the Spanish Riding School and the Lippizaner stallions in it. What more could a girl ask for. I hope my nieces like it as much as me.

    18. 4.5I would call this a modern classic. It reads like one. Great storytelling, scene building, character development. Vienna comes to life with the author’s words. And so does the rundown Spittal in northern Germany, the other major setting in the book. There’s a lot of warmth and ease in the storytelling. And the author takes the time to show us Annika’s life, from when she is raised as a foundling by a housemaid and a cook who work in the professors’ house in Vienna to when she thinks s [...]

    19. Annika lives in Vienna, in the household of three professors, where’s she being raised by the two servants who found her in a church when she was just a few days old. Although she is very happy in her life and loves the professors as well as Ellie and Sigrid, the servants who found her, Annika has dreams about her mother coming, arriving at the house in Vienna to reclaim her. Annika just knows that her mother will be beautiful and someone important and that she will be delighted to have found [...]

    20. 11 year old Annika has had the same dream ever since she can remember – the mother who abandoned her in a tiny church in the Austrian mountains suddenly arrives at the door. She’s never really imagined what would happen after that point, but it’s still a lovely dream. Annika doesn’t daydream about it too much, she’s too busy living and loving life with her adopted family in Vienna. She lives with Ellie and Sigrid, the two women who found her in the church that sunny day, along with thr [...]

    21. Reading Eva Ibbotson's The Star of Kazan is like falling into pile of clean sheets warm from the clothes dryer. A welcome coziness, especially after the bout of mediocre-to-terrible books I read at the start of the year. It's always interesting to me to read literature aimed at a much younger audience, especially when it's my first time reading it. There is a different "weight" of storytelling involved, and the telling emphasizes sensory engagement. I don't have any lens of nostalgia through whi [...]

    22. I had to read Star of Kazan for my English class. My friends all read it before me, and they said it was a really good book. I believed them but once I began to start reading, I began to have doubts. To be honest, I wasn't all that thrilled with the storyline. I've had previous experiences with Eva Ibbotson books, and I didn't particularly enjoy any of them. But I didn't hate any of them. Just neutral.The Star of Kazan is about a girl called Annika who celebrates her Found Day instead of her bir [...]

    23. Eva Ibbotson is by far my favourite author ever! Her books are the perfect mix of historical fiction, adventure and that special touch Eva adds to all her books. The Star of Kazan was lovely and I absolutely loved the twists and turns of the story. Eva Ibbotson does this thing in her books where she makes you just want to be there and seeing the events unwinding right in front of you, with the Star of Kazan, the detailed description of Vienna and the sights within just made me want to jump into [...]

    24. Los libros de Ibbotson son parte de mi infancia y, normalmente, me encantan, pero este me ha decepcionado. Conforme avanza la historia la protagonista pasa de ser una chica vivaracha y curiosa a una idiota que no se entera de nada y a la que tienen que salvar continuamente. Además, no sé que le ha dado a Ibbotson para montarse semejante apología anti-adopción; según este libro el ADN es más importante que el cariño y debes poner a familiares de sangre que te maltratan por encima de una fa [...]

    25. Sometimes I felt like this story was wandering, especially at the beginning. Hard to put down, though. And hard to describe--there was humor, but it's not a funny book. There were a lot of strange things happening (and strange characters, some of them), but most of it felt really ordinary. It was predictable, yet I kept wanting to know what would happen next. The main character, Annika, got a little annoying at times, but for most of the book she's twelve, so I guess that's to be expected--I did [...]

    26. I debated between 4 to 5 stars. As an adult, I very much enjoyed this book, hence the 4 stars. As a child in 5th grade, I think I would have liked it even more, 5 stars. The fairytale like story had a good mixture of happy and sad, love for the heroine and beauty in the setting. Surrounding characters were absolutely perfect in their description and manner. Annika, the main character, I came to love just as much as I loved the book. Great ending to a wonderful story!

    27. I don't know how Ibbotson does it, but her storytelling can only be described as LOVELY and DELIGHTFUL. This was a perfectly satisfying and fulfilling read, despite being a children's/middle grade book. I mean, every element of a good story, of good writing, of good telling, literally everything, is spotless. And there's even some subtle wittiness to boot!

    28. I think this book is for middlegradeI dunno.But nevertheless,I loved it.Unfortunately (I think this is due to my outgrowing it) I hereby deem this novel merits a meagre 3stars.It was a really heartwarming story set in Vienna(I think) and I really liked it.So yeah,that's all I can say.

    29. Every fantasy lover must read this book, at least once. The characters are refreshingly moulded and the story is such that one doesn't just read but dreams through the book. And that is a good thing, trust me.

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