We want your feedback!
Click here
cover image of Belladonna

Belladonna

by Mary Finn

ebook

Sign up to save your library

With an OverDrive account, you can save your favorite libraries for at-a-glance information about availability. Find out more about OverDrive accounts.

   Not today

A lyrical coming-of-age story about a boy, a girl, and a horse - and how a chance encounter can lead to a life of intrigue and learning, a life beyond imagining. (Age 11 and up)

When Thomas Rose first spots the girl hidden by the roadside, she looks as drab as a lark, with only her red kerchief giving her away. But French Hélène, who goes by "Ling," is no ordinary bird. Tiny Ling enchants Thomas with her wild spirit and tales of a circus where she danced atop her beloved horse, Belladonna. But the horse has been sold, and Ling must fetch her back. Now Thomas's life as a clever but unschooled wheelwright's son is about to change. Their search leads to painter George Stubbs, who euthanizes ailing animals in order to study their anatomy. Stubbs draws eerie horses that stride as if they could move out of the paper world into the real one - but he assures his young friends that their horse is safe at a nearby estate. As Ling and Thomas devise a risky plan to recover Belladonna, Stubbs hires Thomas as an apprentice, teaching him to read and write as well. In this fascinating story, Mary Finn incorporates a real eighteenth-century artist into a beautifully imagined tale of adventure and young romance.

Publication Details

Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Imprint:
Candlewick
Publication Date:
2011

Format

  • Kindle Book
  • OverDrive Read
  • Adobe EPUB eBook 930.5 KB

Mary Finn (Author)

Mary Finn is the author of Anila's Journey, winner of a Parents' Choice Gold Award and the Éilís Dillon Award for a first book in her native Ireland. About Belladonna, she says, "I fell in love with George Stubbs's precise yet ghostly anatomical s...

More about Mary Finn
Belladonna
Copy and paste the code into your website.