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Sisters of Glass by Stephanie Hemphill
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A story told in verse about two sisters in Renaissance-era Venice. The daughters of a prestigious glass-blowing family, Maria longs to work with the glass like her late father, but instead must marry into a well-to-do royal family, while Giovanna has no dowry and will likely end up in a convent. Maria has resigned herself to her fate until she starts to fall for Luca, a new glass blower in the family's shop.

Stephanie Hemphill has crafted a beautiful tale that captures the essence of the historical period and made a likable main character in Maria. But while it's a pleasure to read, the short length doesn't allow for much character or plot development. The minimal twists are predictable and the story wraps up with no real conflict to speak of. The book would make a nice companion to a unit on the Renaissance, but may leave readers wanting more.
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