Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Star of Stone Century Quartet Book II by P D Baccalario

Imagine being twelve years old and trying to save the world - could you do it?

Random House Books for Young Readers sent me a copy of this hardcover book for review (thank you).  This is the second book in this series, and I was very happy to get a copy of it.  The first one left me drooling with desire to read more in this series.  This one continued with the same fast pace, is full of danger and challenges for the young characters, and leaves me looking forward to the next one (due out in September, 2011).  This second book is available in stores now.

With children from Rome, New York, Paris and Shanghai, you get to know different cities of the world as you read the series.  Their whole goal is to collect all the mysterious artifacts that the murdered professor told them about.  However, there is an evil group who is looking for the same artifacts, and it's not an easy journey.

The book is filled with maps and clues so you can get as involved in the story as you wish.  Since each book is set in a different international city, you learn the history of the setting as well as about the various antique buildings.

It's a busy read that grabs your eyes and makes your imagination work overtime.  It's written for ages 10-13, but this reader enjoyed it just fine despite being grandmotherly in age.  The author is Italian and while this book was translated into English, it still has an Italian flavor.

Visit your local bookstore and pick up a copy.  If you missed the first one, I'd start there (although it can stand alone).  Let's have some good clean reading fun!

Happy reading.

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