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Aribella and her friend Theo sat side by side on the deck of the fishing boat, looking out across the lagoon to their island home. Already Burano’s brightly coloured cottages were dissolving into the distance. It was the last morning of September, the day before Aribella’s thirteenth birthday.
‘Aren’t you going to help?’ Theo’s papa called, struggling with the sail. ‘The others are leaving us behind.’
Theo rolled his eyes but sprang to his feet.
Aribella stayed where she was. Girls were bad luck on boats, so fishing folk said. Thankfully, Theo’s papa wasn’t as superstitious as the rest of them and allowed Aribella on board, but he drew the line at her handling the sail. Since he was already doing her a kindness

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On the eve of her birthday, Aribella discovers she has a secret power – when angered, flames shoot from her fingertips.

Frightened, she runs away, only to be rescued by a magical organization of masked heroes with their own special skills. Aribella and her new friends have sworn to defend Venice, but can they defeat the evil rising from the Island of the Dead?

A captivating middle-grade fantasy in the entrancing setting of historical Venice.

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