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In the fourth installment of the Century Quartet, Italian author P. D. Baccalario concludes the mystery that took four cities and four extraordinary kids to solve.

SHANGHAI, SEPTEMBER 19.

As the equinox approaches, Sheng, Elettra, Harvey, and Mistral know they must come together one last time. Armed with only a map and a top that seem to be broken, a collection of old coins, and a tile with four knives painted on it, the four kids meet in ...

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Overview

In the fourth installment of the Century Quartet, Italian author P. D. Baccalario concludes the mystery that took four cities and four extraordinary kids to solve.

SHANGHAI, SEPTEMBER 19.

As the equinox approaches, Sheng, Elettra, Harvey, and Mistral know they must come together one last time. Armed with only a map and a top that seem to be broken, a collection of old coins, and a tile with four knives painted on it, the four kids meet in Shanghai to try to make sense of clues that their predecessors couldn't decipher. Meanwhile Sheng is haunted by a dream and by visions of a young boy who seems to understand their quest. The visions send the kids all over Shanghai, through abandoned water ducts and ancient tea houses, in search of the Pearl of the Sea Dragon, an ancient stone that they're sure is the last piece of the puzzle. But a germophobic supercriminal who never leaves his sterile Shanghai skyscraper will do anything to learn their secrets. . . .

Fans of Blue Balliet, Trenton Lee Stewart, and Michael Scott will be drawn to this Da Vinci Code-like adventure for kids.

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Children's Literature - Kathie M. Josephs
Tsheng, Elettra, Harvey, and Minstrel have reached a point where they know they have no choice but to meet again as the equinox is getting nearer. As this is the last book in the series, it is necessary to have read the "Century Quartet" series of books in order to truly understand what these four kids have gone through to get as far as they have in solving the mystery. The author provides suspense, drama, and intrigue throughout the book. It was all I could do to myself from flipping to read the ending of the story to find out exactly how it ended. Both boys and girls will enjoy this book as well as adults, because I had no problem getting hooked. The colored inserts in the middle of the book were great! Even though the author resolves all the questions and situations from the other books, on the last page, the author does bring it to the end; however I believe he has done so in such a way that he could write a book five. As a mystery fan, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it to readers who like to think about what they have read over and over again. Reviewer: Kathie M. Josephs
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Elettra, Mistral and Harvey unite in Singapore with Sheng to bring this fantasy/thriller series to a thoroughly satisfying end (City of Wind, 2011, etc.). Singapore has never been so exciting, as the four--all born on February 29th--careen around the city avoiding villains, unearthing clues and aided by fantastic beings from Chinese mythology and history. Baccalario ups the ante with this series conclusion. The action begins before Elettra, Mistral and Harvey get on a plane; flight from the henchmen of Heremit Devil begins almost when they land; and tension builds exponentially with every shadowy alley, nighttime park and ancient monument negotiated. Characters from the first three installments make appearances, and the cast is expanded by local helping spirits, new allies and new villains. Illustrations, grouped in the center of the book, include photos, reproductions of maps and pictures of tickets and currency, bringing readers a sense of the city and adding reality to the plot. The ending is a doozy--violent (not graphically), unpredictable (despite foreshadowing) and gratifying. Loose threads are wrapped up in an epilogue that leaves room for follow-up. The fans will be happy. (Adventure. 11-14)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375958984
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 9/25/2012
  • Series: Century Series, #4
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 320
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Lexile: 710L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2013

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    The books are originally written in Italian, and I think some of the meaning may get list in the translation. Overall I think that this was a good ending to this series. Now we need to get the Ulysses Moore series by Baccalario translated to English! * hint hint*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2012

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