Title: The Undrowned Child
Publisher: Orion, 2010
Synopsis: It's the beginning of the 20th century; the age of scientific progress. But for Venice the future looks bleak. A conference of scientists assembles to address the problems, among whose delegates are the parents of twelve-year-old Teodora. Within days of her arrival, she is subsumed into the secret life of Venice: a world in which salty-tongued mermaids run subversive printing presses, ghosts good and bad patrol the streets and librarians turn fluidly into cats. A battle against forces determined to destroy the city once and for all quickly ensues. Only Teo, the undrowned child who survived a tragic accident as a baby, can go 'between the linings' to subvert evil and restore order.
In 2011 An Awfully Big Blog Adventure ran an online writing conference. They didn't do it again last year, or if they did it was during one of those long periods when I was off line, but the point is that the year before I won this book. And I took a really long time to get round to reading it.
If you would like to know what I thought of the book, A Wanderer near Paris has moved. You can read the whole review here.