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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 660L (What's this?)
  • Series: Century (Book 2)
  • Library Binding: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (September 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375958967
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375958960
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.1 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,984,853 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gr 5-9–This second book in the series reunites the four children who need to save the world, this time bringing them together in Harvey's home city of New York. When Harvey realizes that he is being followed and in danger, he is joined by his friends Elettra, Mistral, and Sheng, and they attempt to follow the clues left by mysterious professor Alfred Van Der Berger, learning more about their huge task and meeting new allies and enemies. Readers will be intrigued by the Manhattan setting, the clues and codes, and the sense of danger and urgency that follows the characters through their adventures. A 16-page full-color section in the middle of the book provides maps, pictures, and additional enigmatic clues. The translation maintains a consistently tense tone. Relationships continue to develop as the characters learn more about their once-in-a-century task and the group that preceded them, providing realism and balance to the many all-out-action scenes.–Beth L. Meister, Milwaukee Jewish Day School, WIα(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

About the Author

Pierdomenico Baccalario was born in Acqui Terme, a beautiful little town in the Piedmont region of northern Italy. He grew up in the middle of the woods with his three dogs and his black bicycle.

He started writing in high school. When lessons got particularly boring, he’d pretend he was taking notes, but he was actually coming up with stories. He also met a group of friends who were crazy about role-playing games, and with them he invented and explored dozens of fantastic worlds.

He studied law at university but kept writing and began publishing novels. After he graduated, he also worked with museums and cultural projects, trying to make dusty old objects tell interesting stories. He began to travel and change horizons: Celle Ligure, Pisa, Rome, Verona...

He loves seeing new places and discovering new lifestyles, although, in the end, he always returns to the comfort of familiar ones.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By aa-Pam TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 24, 2011
Format: Hardcover
"Star of Stone" is the second book in the Century series. As the mystery continues, Elettra, Mistral, Sheng and Harvey are brought together in the New York City as they try to unravel the story behind the ancient tops and the Chaldean map.

Personally, I love this story. It's smart and wickedly clever, presenting all sorts of interesting information about ancient cults, antiques, architecture and art. Truly, Baccalario effortlessly manages to sneak in history lessons and connect elements of modern life to those of the ancients.

"Star of Stone" also stands out, in my experience, in not being one of 'those' kidlit books where the author talks down to the reader. It's the subject matter, therefore, that's appropriate for any age, and not a case of a watered down narrative.

Highly recommend.
Tween-and-up readers who like mysteries and danger should check out this series.

THE SKINNY:::
An intelligent, well plotted story of Good-vs-Evil that's fraught with tension. The main characters are well developed and secondary characters are fascinating.

"Star of Stone" is written in The Present Tense (as is Wolf Hall), a form some readers might not have run across unless they've read quite a bit. (It's worth perusing if only to thwart Phillip Pullman for whom the form apparently presents a personal writing challenge.)

Appropriate for Tweens on up.

I think this book compares well to Riordan's "Percy Jackson" series, although it's style is a tad more mature.

Next stop... Paris!

Pam T~
mom/#kidlit blogger
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I love Pierdomenico Baccalario's books. He wrote the Ulysses Moore series for Scholastic which ended abruptly. When I found Book 1 of the Century Quartet and noted the author I was thrilled. Couldn't read the 1st book fast enough. Book 2 Star of Stone didn't disappoint. The 4 friends brought together in Book 1 continue their saga as they search for the star of stone. Baccalario keeps the mystery going really well and the adventure he adds keeps the book moving. And he sneaks in a Ulysses Moore mention along the way. Love it!!!
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P.D. Baccalario's STAR OF STONE tells of a mysterious artifact which reunited Harvey, Elettra, Mistral and Sheng from around the world, in an attempt to save the world. A murdered professor has sent them all on a quest in Rome - but their discovery of further clues written on code years ago by the professor leads to a search for the Star of Stone, an ancient object coveted by villains. A fine thriller evolves. This is an excellent leisure choice for teens.
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