Century #1

Century #1 : Ring Of Fire

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Every hundred years, four kids from four cities must save the world.Rome, December 29.A mix-up with their reservations forces Harvey from New York, Mistral from Paris, and Sheng from Shanghai to share a room with the hotel owner's daughter, Elettra. The four kids discover an amazing coincidence--they all have birthdays on February 29, Leap Day. That night, a strange man gives them a briefcase and asks them to take care of it until he returns. Soon afterward, the man is murdered.The kids open the briefcase. In it they find a series of clues that take them all over Rome, through dusty libraries and dark catacombs, in search of the elusive Ring of Fire, an ancient object so powerful that legend says even a Roman emperor couldn't control it.In the first book of the Century quartet, Italian author P. D. Baccalario begins a mystery that will take four cities and four extraordinary kids to solve.
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Product details

  • 9-12
  • Paperback | 291 pages
  • 132 x 193 x 21mm | 263g
  • Yearling (imprint of Random House Children's Books)
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Maps; Illustrations, color
  • 0375857958
  • 9780375857959
  • 340,011

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"The plot is masterful, with cliffhangers galore . . . and an ending that both satisfies and whets the appetite for more."--Kirkus Reviews
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About Pierdomenico Baccalario

P. D. Baccalario was born in Acqui Terme, a beautiful little town in Piedmont, Italy. He now lives in Milan.
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1,818 ratings
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4 36% (653)
3 25% (460)
2 9% (162)
1 2% (44)

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The week of New Year's Eve in Rome is crazy, but this year, it's even crazier. Elettra's father accidentally overbooks a hotel room - three times over. On December 29th, three families show up expecting a room. Now, Elettra and her family are struggling to find space for their guests. Three teens end up all bunking together with Elettra, where they discover they have something in common. Their birthdays all fall on the same day - a day that rarely appears on the calendar, February 29th. But that's just the tip of the iceberg. When the lights go out all over the city one night, the four decide to take a walk. They end up on a bridge with a man who's frightened for his life. He gives them a briefcase and begs them to hold on to it for him. He doesn't show up to reclaim it the next day, and they soon read about his death in the newspaper. The teens decide to look inside the briefcase and discover some very strange objects. Elettra's curiosity gets the better of her, and she follows the first clue to an old café in Rome. At the café, they find another clue pointing them to a research library. At the library, they encounter some friction, and they must make a choice: Should they continue their search and attempt to uncover the secrets behind the Ring of Fire? They're not sure who to trust, but they know that somewhere, someone wants the briefcase they hold - and maybe them, as well. Readers will be drawn in to watch the main characters solve multiple puzzles from which they hope to uncover an ancient and powerful object. A great read!show more
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