The Star of Kazan Author:Eva Ibbotson, Kevin Hawkes (Illustrator) 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 perfor... more »ming 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 . . . .« less
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