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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.

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.

Genre: Young Adult Fiction    Get it on Google Play

Used availability for Mary Finn's Belladonna

Hardback Editions

June 2011 : USA Hardback
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Title: Belladonna
Author(s): Mary Finn
ISBN: 0-7636-5106-0 / 978-0-7636-5106-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Candlewick
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Audio Editions

September 2015 : MP3 CD
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Title: Belladonna
Author(s): Mary Finn
ISBN: 1-5113-3023-6 / 978-1-5113-3023-7
Publisher: Candlewick on Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


June 2011 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Belladonna
Author(s): Mary Finn
ISBN: 1-61106-544-5 / 978-1-61106-544-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Candlewick on Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


June 2011 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Belladonna
Author(s): Mary Finn
ISBN: 1-61106-545-3 / 978-1-61106-545-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Candlewick on Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


June 2011 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Belladonna
Author(s): Mary Finn
ISBN: 1-61106-546-1 / 978-1-61106-546-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Candlewick on Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


June 2011 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Belladonna
Author(s): Mary Finn
ISBN: 1-61106-547-X / 978-1-61106-547-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Candlewick on Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


June 2011 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Belladonna
Author(s): Mary Finn
Publisher: Candlewick on Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon   


June 2011 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Belladonna
Author(s): Mary Finn
Publisher: Candlewick on Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

June 2011 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Belladonna
Author(s): Mary Finn
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA