Ring of Fire by Pierdomenico Baccalario
(Century Quartet, Book 1)

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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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About Pierdomenico Baccalario

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P. D. BACCALARIO was born in Acqui Terme, a beautiful little town in the Piedmont region of Northern Italy. He grew up in the woods with his three dogs and his black bicycle. He loves seeing new places and discovering new lifestyles, although, in the end, he always returns to the comfort of familiar ones.
Published September 4, 2009 by Random House Books for Young Readers. 306 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Children's Books.

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When four 12-year-olds, all born on February 29th, meet by coincidence in an Italian hotel, readers should expect mayhem to ensue—and they won’t be disappointed.

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Publishers Weekly

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In this first book in the Century Quartet, Baccalario offers an uneven tale of four children discovering their crucial roles in an event of global proportions.

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Common Sense Media

Over a couple of days, they undertake a quest for an elusive Ring of Fire, follow clues all over the city of Rome, meet some eccentric characters, and learn a lot about ancient philosophy.

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Kidz World

Every hundred years, four young strangers must work together to save the world.

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Yearning to Read

I pearsonly love the book and do you know what, I have a lexil score of 1370 = I read at @ collage readin leave im 12 and some of the words in hear i thought were hard so boo-hoo its to easy, peaple dont want to hear about that more like i dont know what mistral was like!!!

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