The Mourning Emporium

by Michelle Lovric

Reading Age: 8+

Interest level: 11+

by Michelle Lovric

The sequel to Lovric's The Undrowned Child moves from Venice to the dark, narrow backstreets of Victorian London, where an evil plot to supplant the Royal succession threatens the country.

 

Teo and Renzo - the Studious Son - continue their roles in the ancient prophecy and are charged with saving the city, inhabited by comic drugged mermaids, pirates and talking bulldogs.

 

Where Lovric’s earlier book was heavy on ghouls and horror, the more familiar and funnier London locations and characters ameliorate that tendency, and provide a more readily accessible and understandable account of Victorian pseudo-history.

 

There are parallels with characters in Peter Pan, and Lovric creates an entertaining adventure which offers great opportunities for readers to research Victorian history and society.

 

Publisher: Orion

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