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Vango: Between Earth and Sky

by Timoth閑 de Fombelle
Translated by Translated from the French by Sarah Ardizzone


Published by U.S. edition: Candlewick Press, 2014
421 pages
ISBN: 978𢠩636-71969

Ages 13 and Older

An intricate and intriguing story part adventure, part mystery, part political intrigue takes place across the map of Europe between the two world wars and revolves around a young man named Vango Romano. The story alternates between Vango on the run he抯 wanted by Rome police for the death of Father Jean, his beloved mentor and other characters, and moves between the present and the past. Vango grew up on a small Italian island after he and his nurse washed ashore when Vango was three. His nurse always claimed to have no memory of where they came from. As Vango grew, the monks of Arkadah, a secret island monastery, became his second home. Ethel is a young Scottish woman who met Vango years before, when she was twelve and he was fourteen, on a Zeppelin trip around the world. A young Russian girl wonders about the escaped Bird her father sometimes speaks of, who has eluded capture for years. Her father, it turns out, is Joseph Stalin. And then there is the small, multinational group of World War I veterans who have vowed to do anything necessary to prevent another war. Everything and everyone ultimately revolves around Vango, who realizes he needs to know who he was before he ever landed on that island in order to make sense of what is happening now. Beautifully translated from the French, this breathless work offers clues to Vango抯 origins, but leaves many answers for the coming sequel.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center


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