Author(s): Mary Hoffman
Pisa, 1299. In the male-dominated world of Renaissance Italy, Netta is an ambitious young woman and the last in the line of a great family of sculptors and stone-carvers. Determined to throw off the shackles of marriage, Netta sets out to take up her family's legacy and work on fixing the city's leaning tower. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers aged 12+
Mary Hoffman has written over 90 books for children of all ages. She was made an Honorary Fellow of the Library Association in 1998 for her work with children and was nominated for the post of Children's Laureate in 2011-2013. Her best-selling books have received huge praise, including David which was shortlisted for both the Costa Award and the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize.