The Undrowned Child
by Michelle Lovric
Delacorte Press, 2011. 442 pgs. Juvenile Fiction.
Ancient curses, poisonous monsters, moving statues, mermaids—the story of The Undrowned Child has all of these things and more. When eleven-year-old Teodora is brought by her parents to Venice, she soon discovers all is not well in the beautiful old city. Dark, magical forces are at work to destroy the city and Teodora and her handsome new Venetian friend, Renzo, may be the only hope to save the lives of—well, pretty much everybody. There is lots of action, mortal peril and nasty undead creatures involved as Teodora and Renzo try to solve the mystery of what is going on and how to save the day. But can they find the answers in time? Kids who like their stories exciting and packed with action and magic will love The Undrowned Child.