The All-Powerful Ring
The All-Powerful Ring

Series: Witches Of Benevento Vol. 2   

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Annotation: Catching a fish in the river and discovering a ring inside of it, Primo decides that the ring is magic and will provide supernatural protection for him and his friends against child-snatching supernatural beings in early 19th-century Benevento.
Catalog Number: #113002
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
No other formats available
Special Formats: Chapter Book Chapter Book
Publisher: Penguin
Copyright Date: 2016
Edition Date: 2016
Illustrator: Blackall, Sophie,
Pages: 135 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-451-47180-6
ISBN 13: 978-0-451-47180-2
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2015041917
Dimensions: 18 cm.
Language: English
School Library Journal
Gr 25 Like other offerings in the series, this book revolves around five young cousins living in the Italian town of Benevento, notorious for its mischievous witches. Primo decides he needs to stand up to the Manalonga, who are the most feared of witches, known for lurking under bridges or in wells and snatching up children. Primo's plan involves using augurs, which are ways to read the future, but they have to slaughter an animal and read its guts to do so. There are tales of Primo's uncle, Beppe Stfortunato, being taken by the Manalonga, and when Primo and his cousins get unsatisfactory advice from Zia Pia, the fortune-teller, Primo steps up to the quest with false bravado. When he discovers a gold ring inside a fish, Primo is sure he has found the power needed to defeat the Manalonga. Marciano has delivered a delicious blend of otherworldly adventure, sure to be a hit with young readers. Blackall's distinctive and expressive drawings complement the gentle magical tale. VERDICT A magnificent introduction to fantasy for younger chapter readers interested in magic but not yet ready for more mature fantasies. Michele Shaw, Quail Run Elementary School, San Ramon, CA
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School Library Journal (4/1/16)
Word Count: 9,969
Reading Level: 4.3
Interest Level: 2-5
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.3 / points: 1.0 / quiz: 183379 / grade: Lower Grades
Lexile: 690L

The second book in an exciting new chapter book series by John Bemelmans Marciano and Caldecott medalist Sophie Blackall

Welcome to Benevento, an ancient town famous for its witches!

The children of Benevento have to be careful and clever to evade the clutches of such witches as the Manalonga, the Janara, and the Clopper, who hide in wells and under bridges, fly at midnight, and play tricks during Mischief Season.

Five cousins – Primo, Emilio, Rosa, Maria Beppina, and Sergio – share adventures and narrow escapes, and discover astonishing secrets as they outwit the witches in each exciting story.
Book #2
The All-Powerful Ring: a Primo Story

Wanting to stop the springtime mischiefs—and overcome his own fear of Manalonga—Primo seeks an advantage. He finds one when he discovers a mysterious ring in the belly of a fish. Is the ring just a pretty trinket or is it magic?

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