Yay! It’s time for me to recommend a book again! Are you as excited as I am?!
So for this month I’d like to recommend you the following book:
This is the novel City of Masks by the american writer Mary Hoffman.
Grade 7 Up-Arianna wants to be a mandolier, but in 16th-century Bellezza, the city on the water in Talia ruled by the Duchessa, the training is open only to boys. Meanwhile, in 21st-century England, Lucien is coping with the aftereffects of chemotherapy. Holding onto a notebook rescued from the trash brings him strange dreams of a Venetian-like city, and soon he is in Arianna’s world. She is outraged when he is chosen to enter the Scuola Mandoliera, and he plunges feet first into life in Bellezza, where he can escape his sick body. With the notebook, Lucien/Luciano “stravagates” between his home and the past, and is soon burning the candle at both ends. He soon becomes fast friends with Arianna and apprentice to Rodolfo, a favorite of the Duchessa whom Luciano rescues from an assassination attempt.
This is a book I used to love when I was a couple of years younger. I suffered with Lucian during his chemotherapy and I enjoyed reading about Arianna. It’s is great to discover the parallels between Talia and Italy, Belezza and Venice. It’s a fun read with lots of plot twists, intrigues, politics, some good laughs and vibrant characters. It tickeled the right parts in my brain and just seeing the cover makes mewant to read it all over again.