Falcon in the Glass In Venice in the secrets of glassblowing are guarded jealously Renzo a twelve year old laborer in a glassworks has just a few months to prepare for a test of his abilities and no one to teach

  • Title: Falcon in the Glass
  • Author: Susan Fletcher
  • ISBN: 9781442429901
  • Page: 306
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In Venice in 1487, the secrets of glassblowing are guarded jealously Renzo, a twelve year old laborer in a glassworks, has just a few months to prepare for a test of his abilities, and no one to teach him If he passes, he will qualify as a skilled glassblower If he fails, he will be expelled from the glassworks Becoming a glassblower is his murdered father s dying wishIn Venice in 1487, the secrets of glassblowing are guarded jealously Renzo, a twelve year old laborer in a glassworks, has just a few months to prepare for a test of his abilities, and no one to teach him If he passes, he will qualify as a skilled glassblower If he fails, he will be expelled from the glassworks Becoming a glassblower is his murdered father s dying wish for him, and the means of supporting his mother and sister But Renzo desperately needs another pair of hands to help him turn the glass as he practices at night.One night he is disturbed by a bird a small falcon that seems to belong to a girl hiding in the glassworks Soon Renzo learns about her and others like her the bird people, who can communicate with birds and are condemned as witches He tries to get her to help him and discovers that she comes with baggage ten hungry bird kenning children who desperately need his aid Caught between devotion to his family and his art and protecting a group of outcast children, Renzo struggles for a solution that will keep everyone safe in this atmospheric adventure.

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    1. I just love how vividly Susan creates the setting for her books. I always feel like with her imagery I can step into the community/time period and really view the world. I was quite excited to read her newly released, yes you can get this fantastic book NOW!! book, Falcon in the Glass.My thoughts on Falcon in the Glass: What an experience, to go back in time to life in Venice in the 15th century and experience life through a glass maker laborer’s existence. I always love how Susan Fletcher can [...]

    2. Falcon in the Glass by Susan Fletcher302 pgs.Target audience: Middle ReaderRating: WizardIn the late fifteenth century on the island of Murano, Italy, Renzo longs to be a glassmaker like his father before him. When his father is murdered, Renzo’s only option is to work as a drudge in his uncle’s studio until he can prove his glassmaking skills enough to pass a test in just two weeks. If he fails not only are his dreams shattered but along with it any hope of supporting his mother and sister. [...]

    3. Actual Rating: 2.5 starsDuring my junior year of college, I was lucky enough to get to travel to Italy. Part of the trip was Venice and a quick jaunt out to Murano. Ever since I’ve been unable to resist any book set in Murano, not that it’s easy to resist any book set anywhere I haven’t traveled or want to travel. Still, Murano, for some reason, has a special place in my heart. Thus, though I’d not really heard much about this middle grade title, I could not resist it. While I did enjoy [...]

    4. "Falcon in the Glass by Susan Fletcher" is about a young boy named Renzo who lived in Venice. He always dreamed of becoming the best glass maker in Venice. But those dreams were quickly destroyed when his father was killed. Renzo soon worked as drudged (do hard, menial, or dull work) in a glass-works. He has to pass a test in less than 2 months to prove himself he has skill with working with glass. He is already behind, he has a mother and sister that need him to pass for their survival. This is [...]

    5. Personally, the book was too boring in some areas, and in others too intricate. It started really slow, and it took quite awhile until I finally was able to feel some sort of connection to the story. what saved the book for me was the ending. The prison breakout was really interesting and the conversation with an assassin. What does upset me though, is that I never learned the origin of these children. The book stresses their heritage is different and unique to them, which makes them misundersto [...]

    6. Set in Venice during the Renaissance, "Falcon in the Glass" is a work of historical fiction. Susan Fletcher's meticulously researched Young Adult novel does a nice job of bringing the period to life for the reader.Renzo lives with his mother and younger sister, Pia. Renzo's father, killed by an assassin,left him the lasting legacy of being a glassmaker. As the story begins, Renzo is working tirelessly late at night to prepare for his padrone's test. Should he pass the test, he will be taken on a [...]

    7. In 15th century Murano, Italy, Renzo yearns to be a glassmaker like his father. However, because his uncle Vittorio dared to leave the island--glassmakers are forbidden to leave in case they might spread the secrets of the glass--Renzo's father was killed in retribution. Now Renzo works as a drudge in another glassmaker's shop, hoping to prove himself good enough to become an apprentice. What he doesn't count on is the bird children. No one quite knows who they are; a gaggle of green-eyed childr [...]

    8. Renzo dreams of becoming the greatest glassblower on Murano, the island near Venice where many beautiful glass pieces are created each day. But since his father’s death he has been forced to prove himself early in the hopes that he can become an apprentice and help support his mother and young sister.His task is much harder, because he’s not allowed to have anyone help him learn what he needs to know before he is tested. When he happens across a band of children who have a mysterious connect [...]

    9. I'll rate this book a solid 4/5. I liked the characters and the premise. The bits of glassmaking knowledge in the book and the fact that in the beginning it largely focuses on glassmaking made me thoroughly enjoy reading. I honestly found myself waning towards the end of the book. Renzo's hesitancy to get up and DO SOMETHING drove me pretty crazy. Towards the beginning he is strong in what he wants to do and takes steps to accomplish that goal. In the end he becomes hesitant and fearful of the c [...]

    10. There's only a sniff of magic in this volume, but the glassblowing story and history is magical enough to make up for it. I liked the complex motivations of all the characters, but I admit they were more told than shown (probably par for the course for a middle grade book). The boy struggles with questions of loyalty and what it means to do the right thing, especially when doing the right thing could endanger your family. Other males in the story struggle with similar issues, a bit darker. The m [...]

    11. It's not the most memorable of plot lines or characters, but the commitment and appreciation of setting is a tremendous boon. Set in a Renaissance Venice glass blower-y, The Falcon in the Glass captures a young adult's struggle to find their place in a world that doesn't involve a single school (but has a big chunk of teaching), that has no cliques, but definitely deals with class and sectarianism.It's rare to find really well done historical YA fiction, let alone historical YA fiction that delv [...]

    12. The Falcon in the Glass was a surprisingly sophisticated and well researched novel. Fletcher mixes historical fact with light fantasy (children who speak to birds) and has crafted a creative and adventurous story. She also intersperses details of life in Italy during the 1200s as well as the art of making Venetian glass and the witch hunts that occurred during that period in time.

    13. I've recently had the pleasure of stumbling across two good YA fantasies. First, the excellent Stoneheart trilogy by Charlie Fletcher. And second, this little gem by Susan Fletcher (and not coincidentally just next door to the first on the library shelf!) Set in 13th century Murano, "Falcon in the Glass" follows would-be glassmaker's apprentice Renzo as he struggles to earn his place in the glassworks after his father's murder. This was challenge enough, but then a group of freezing, starving or [...]

    14. Only after I finished this did I realize that Susan Fletcher birthed Shadow Spinner, as well, which I love and therefore my review of Falcon in the Glass is much altered. I liked this. I liked the imagery, I liked the information it gives on Murano and glassworking, I liked the characters (the Assassin!) and as a falconer, of COURSE I liked the inclusion of the birds. After all, the birds are why I chose to read this in the first place. Intuitive falconry, the strange and explainable phenomenon [...]

    15. I really liked Falcon in the Glass by Susan Fletcher. The genre of this book is fiction and does have a little bit of fantasy. The author keeps your attention by using different point of views during the novel whether it be Renzo’s point of view (the main character) or someone else who similarly is connected or interested in the green eyed people. Renzo is a glass maker who at the beginning of the novel was trying to work his way up in ranking to be able to show off his glass making skills. Th [...]

    16. The story is set in the late 15th Century on the island of Murano.Renzo is the son of a glass maker, who works as a drudge in a glass studio.When eight children arrive on the island, Renzo must chooseto risk his family and future to help the children out.There is a bit of a moral quality to the story, but it's not heavy handed.

    17. Renzo is the son of a murdered glassblower and is striving to be as good a glassblower as his father. He works for a new padrone as a drudge, almost lowest on the totem pole. He practices glassblowing at night and meets a group of children led by Letta, green eyed girl with a bird (kestrel). Renzo earns Letta's trust and Letta becomes his apprentice, giving him "sight" to form glass falcons. This talent is what earns Renzo his apprenticeship at the glassworks, but it comes at a price. The childr [...]

    18. Cool setting with interesting details about glassmaking, which I find fascinating. But -- good grief, the characters! Renzo is utterly spineless the first half of the book. Urchins who aren't even supposed to be around the studio (see earlier incidence of spinelessness) smash expensive goblets for which Renzo could lose his precarious job and all future prospects. Yet a couple of quelling comments from the lead girl later, and he's convinced that he is the one being selfish. Um. I know 13 year o [...]

    19. I enjoyed the historical aspect of this book. It's about Renzo, an apprentice glassblower on the island of Murano off Venice in the 18th century. He's lost his father and has to make his way in the world for himself, his mother and his little sister. Renzo's Murano is a cruel but fascinating world of extremes: of dukes and palaces on the one hand, and crippled beggars, assassins and public executions on the other. I loved learning about the glassmaking and that part reminded me of silversmithing [...]

    20. gr 4-8 300pgs1497, Murano Island, Italy. Renzo has always dreamed of making beautiful things out of glass just like his father. When his father is murdered as punishment for his brother leaving the island (something glassmakers are forbidden to do), Renzo is forced to study under another glassmaker and is only given a matter of months to practice on his own for a test he should have had help and years to prepare for. Who can he ask for help? When he finds a girl named Letta hiding in the glasswo [...]

    21. Renzo's dearest wish is to be as great a glassblower as his father was, but somehow he can't manage the knack, despite constant practice at night, when everyone else has gone home. Time is running out for him to take the apprentice test. Meanwhile, rumors are floating about of strange children and their birds who aren't quite pets; children who were once celebrated for their performing abilities but who now are outcast. Renzo is soon to find his path crossing with theirs in a high-stakes situati [...]

    22. Fletcher's MG historical novel set in fifteenth century Venice is a charmer. Her elegant prose and vivd details of setting more than make up for the traditional plot and sometimes spare characters. Renzo longs for nothing more than to become a glassmaker's apprentice so that he can support his family after the death of his Papa, one of Murano's padrones of glass. Despite his concerns, he is moved to help one of the bird children when he encounters her seeking shelter in the factory late at night [...]

    23. This is a gracefully written story about a glassblower apprentice in the Venetian Republic. Renzo's quest for mastery in his craft is interrupted by the infiltration of a young adolescent girl and a brood of younger children who need food and warmth that he can grant them when he works feverishly in the middle of the night. Because of their uncanny bonding with birds and their vagabond existence, the children are accused of witchcraft and threatened with hanging. Absorbed in learning his craft, [...]

    24. This kind of book really bugs me! I look at the clock-- its 2:00AM! Eyelids feel like sandpaper--one eye closed--one eye seriously drooping. I can't quit reading. Mercifully unaware the book falls to the floor and I'm out till sunrise. Exhausted. I have a full day and the book nags at me. I walk by it too many times averting my eyes. All the pretend people soundlessly yelling "what about me!". The day drags by till I am able to surrender my time and thoughts to the final pages. Glad it doesn't h [...]

    25. This book is classified as a middle school fantasy book, but I would disagree with this classification. It reads more like historical fiction, and I think the book would be appropriate for high school students as well. Set in the Renaissance era of Italy, the setting alone captured my attention. The story centers around the art of glassmaking, and the precision of the craft is beautifully illustrated in the pages of the story. A good read, strong characters and an interesting story. Definitely o [...]

    26. Enjoyable tale about a young boy whose dream is to become one of the great glassmakers of Murano. His chances are slim because his father was killed, his family is in disgrace, but he gets up night after night to practice in the hopes of passing the apprentice test. I liked the descriptions of glass blowing and shaping - even when the result was a bit of glass to toss into the trash. Young Renzo gets tied up with a group of beggar children and has to make some difficult choices about family, his [...]

    27. This book had my attention and interest until bout 3/4 the way through. Even though Renzo made decisions I didn't like, he was a young boy trying to figure out where the lines are and how to find the way to navigate through them. The end seemed rushed and left me dissatisfied and disappointed. I felt let down. It was worth reading and I liked it but I can 't go more than 2.5-3 stars because of the ending.

    28. I am thinking that no one writes better historical fiction than Susan Fletcher. I loved Shadow Spinner and still have success in getting middle school kids to read that book. Falcon in the Glass, set in 1490s Venice, is so cleverly written - kids will be pulled in by the chemistry between the two main characters, Renzo and Letta. Mystery, intrigue, adventure, witchcraft, assassins - could Fletcher have packed any more action into the book? I think not.

    29. It's the late 1400s, and Renzo is working to become a glass blower so he can support his mother and sister. When he encounters a group of unusual "bird children," he befriends the homeless kids and must eventually choose if and how he helps them. Told from different viewpoints, the reader gets a sense of Venice, glass blowing, ideas about witchcraft at that time, and the struggle to be true to one's personal responsibilities and one's heart.

    30. Excellent characters, and good plot. I particularly enjoyed the emotional journey of the main character, who starts out with some resentment over the loss of his father and is driven by the need to succeed at his father's craft to support his mother and sister. But are there other meanings to the term "family"? And other needs to meet? And other ways to succeed? I really liked it and highly recommend it for those interested in the city of Venice and glassworking.

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