In the second installment of the Century Quartet, Italian author P. D. Baccalario continues the mystery that will take four cities and four extraordinary kids to solve.
Four kids. A wooden top. And four postcards with secret instructions.
New York City, March 15 Another mysterious artifact reunites Harvey from New York, Elettra from Rome, Mistral from Paris, and Sheng from Shanghai in their attempt to save the world. When they meet people who knew Alfred Van Der Berger, the murdered professor who sent them on their quest in Rome, they realize that the challenge is far from over. And when they discover a series of four postcards written in code years ago by the professor himself, their destiny becomes even clearer.
The cards send the kids all over New York City, through old libraries and abandoned tunnels, in search of the Star of Stone, an ancient object fundamentally connected to the earth. But a new set of villains, predators of Manhattan nightlife, will do anything to stop them....
From the Hardcover edition.
About Pierdomenico Baccalario
P. D. Baccalario was born in Acqui Terme, a beautiful little town in Piedmont, Italy. He started writing very short stories in high school during math classes. he gave his stories to his classmates and then they started sharing it with others in the class. Then, he discovered he had readers in other classes, and he kept on writing short stories, learning to write very quickly and to always choose surprising endings so that the other kids would come back and ask for the sequel.
Baccalario wrote his first novel, La Strada del Guerriero (The Road Warrior), in 15 days, and sent it to the Battello a Vapore Prize (Steamboat Prize), which it won. He wrote it under his neighbor's name because he was shy and only 23 years old at the time. The judges were convinced that the author of that book was an old and wise philosopher!
P. D. currently lives in Milan
Century #2: Star of Stone by Pierdomenico Baccalario; translated by Leah D. Janeczko