Wings of the Falcon Book Summary and Study Guide

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Orphaned during her last year of school, Francesca finds herself in the Italian home of her mother's estranged family. Although puzzled by the warmth of her reception into the house, Francesca is pleased to meet her twin cousins and her grandfather, an Italian noble. But Italy in the 1850s' is a revolutionary place, and her cousins and grandfather all have opposing views on the political situation. Francesca begins to settle in, and learns of a masked revolutionary called the Falcon, who she begins to think is her cousin Andrea. Soldiers assuming the same thing begin making frequent stops at the castle, trying to catch him in the act, creating strain between the family members. Meanwhile, Francesca is taunted by her other cousin, Stefano, gains a widowed British companion for propriety, and becomes enamored of the Italian countryside--until someone tries to kill her in it.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 60%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 10%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   1600-1899 War Thriller    -   Yes Armed Forces:    -   Civilian resistance Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Revolution story?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   a teen Ethnicity/Race    -   British


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK    -   Italy Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   hostile, like Gomer Pyle on steroids Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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