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The undrowned child

1st U.S. ed.

Published by Delacorte Press in New York .
Written in English.

About the Book

In this macabre tale 11-year-old 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 city. Teo is quickly subsumed into a secret world in which salty-tongued mermaids run subversive printing presses, ghosts good and bad patrol the streets, statues speak, rats read, and librarians fluidly turn into cats. And where a book, The Key to the Secret City, leads Teo straight into the heart of the danger that threatens to destroy the city to which she feels she belongs. An 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?

Note: Reviewers warn parents about frequent gruesome violence and graphic descriptions, all of which could be disturbing.

About the Edition

In 1899, eleven-year-old Teodora goes with her scientist parents from Naples to Venice, Italy, which is falling victim to a series of violent natural disasters, and once there she is drawn into a web of mysterious adventures involving mermaids, an ancient prophecy, and the possible destruction of the city itself.


Dewey Decimal Class
Library of Congress
PZ7.L95949 Un 2011

The Physical Object

442 p. ;
Number of pages

ID Numbers

Open Library
Internet Archive
9780385739993, 9780375898617, 9780385908146
LC Control Number

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