Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Leonardo’s Shadow

Or, My Astonishing Life as Leonardo da Vinci’s Servant
by Christopher Grey

A boy runs from an angry crowd—through the streets, into a cathedral, up, up, up the stairs to the roof—where he falls. Not down to the cobblestones far below and death, but nearly on top of Leonardo da Vinci.
He wakes from a fever several days later in Master da Vinci’s house, and receives an offer to become the already well-known gentleman’s servant. Not really having another choice, the boy accepts and from then on is called Giacomo. His new life is good, but a little harsh; Giacomo hardly seems to do anything up to his master’s expectations. And though Giacomo spends a lot of his free time drawing with scraps of paper and longs to have lessons from his Master, Leonardo refuses for an unknown reason.
Part way through the story, Mr. da Vinci is commissioned to paint “The Last Supper” for Duke Ludovico Sforza, but for some reason will not finish what he begins. It is only Giacomo’s smart thinking that might save them from financial ruin.
To add to all that, Giacomo wishes he could remember his parents, as his memory was erased with the fever. But all the signs point to a possibility so great Giacomo can hardly dare hope it is possible. Will his dreams prove true?

The story of Leonardo’s Shadow is entertaining and well written, but there was a sort of mysterious build up with no big bang of a revelation, leaving me slightly disappointed. Still, it gives a new interest to the famous painting, and tells a tale of events that could have happened during the creation of the masterpiece. Watch a trailer for the book, and visit the official site at LeonardosShadow.com.


  1. Even though it sounds a little predictable, I think I'll check this out. I really like Susan Vreeland's books and this sounds like a fun kid version of that.

  2. I know what you mean about the lesser known books. I was talking with Carmen (Author of Two Moon Princess) and she was telling me that she has a sequel, but it won't be published unless Two Moon Princess does well, so I am trying to get the word out as much as possible.


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