By Eva Ibbotson
After twelve-year-old Annika, a foundling residing in past due nineteenth-century Vienna, inherits a trunk of dress jewellery, a girl claiming to be her aristocratic mom arrives and takes her to dwell in a surprisingly decrepit mansion in Germany.
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Indd 48 4/27/12 4:14 PM “I can’t,” said Ivy. Bean sliced one of her strings in half with her fingernail. Now she had seven strings. Yow. String-o-rama. indd 49 4/27/12 4:14 PM “Now my first knot’s undone,” Ivy announced. “Mine turned into two strings,” Bean said. “You know,” said Ivy. “I already know we’re friends. ” Now three of Bean’s strings were split. She had thirteen strings. “Stupid strings,” she muttered. She tried to untangle them. When she looked up, she saw that Ivy had wrapped all of her strings around her own wrists.
You’re lucky. If you came next week, you might not get in. ” Ivy nodded seriously, too. “You don’t look very old to be counselors,” said Franny. “Oh, we’re old all right,” said Bean. “We’re short for our ages,” said Ivy. ” She sighed sadly. Harlan and Franny could tell that it wouldn’t be polite to ask any more questions about that. “Now! ” said Bean, rubbing her hands together. “So sit down! Crisscross applesauce! indd 57 4/27/12 4:14 PM Harlan and Franny plopped down on the grass and waited obediently.
Indd 41 4/27/12 4:14 PM “I can’t help it,” choked Ivy. “Spit,” said Bean. So Ivy did. That helped some. They slithered among the Monkey Park trees. Even without her mask, Bean was a wolf, hunting her prey, tiptoe, tiptoe. Ivy was Santa, trying to deliver presents without waking up all the kids, tiptoe, tiptoe. They were almost there. Bean and Ivy whisked across a patch of grass and huddled against the cement walls of the Youth Center, tiptoe, tiptoe. They curled around the building’s corner, tiptoe, tiptoe.
The Star of Kazan by Eva Ibbotson