The Vanishing Point (Hardcover)

By Louise Hawes

Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 9780618434237, 240pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2004



In lush, glowing prose, Louise Hawes’s historical novel draws readers into the life and art of sixteenth-century Bologna with a compelling account of Lavinia Fontana, arguably the most famous female painter of the Italian Renaissance. Here readers will find a coming-of-age story filled with quest, complication, and catastrophe as well as miracles and hope. Although the novel is set four hundred years ago, the hard choices it involves speak to all times, all places, and are sure to tap into readers’ own conflicts between head and heart, real life and dreams.

Praise For The Vanishing Point

Fans of historical fiction will lose themselves in Hawes' sumptuously evoked Renaissance Italy, and aspiring artists will respond to Vini's amazement at "how full of drawings the world is." Booklist, ALA, Boxed Review

Hawes takes what is known of her (Lavinia Fontana, daughter of the painter Prospero Fontana) life and creates a fictionalized tale of a complicated adolescence.
Kirkus Reviews

This book is a good choice for middle school students and will appeal especially to girls who can relate to its strong, female protagonist.
VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates)