Mischief Season
Mischief Season

Series: Witches Of Benevento Vol. 1   

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Annotation: In an ancient town famous for its witches, the Janara are causing trouble with their nightly mischief, and it is up to the Twins and their friends to find a way to stop them.
Catalog Number: #113003
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: 119 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-451-47181-4
ISBN 13: 978-0-451-47181-9
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2015040812
Dimensions: 18 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
In Benevento, Italy, there are witches, but not the kind you might be used to. In this episodic starter to the Witches of Benevento series, Marciano tells tales of oddball spirits and mischief-makers based on Italian folklore. Something is wreaking havoc every night at Emilio and Rosa's farm. Their father is furious that food is disappearing, tools are left out in the rain, and someone left hay all over the barn. It would be easy to blame the twins, especially lazy Rosa, but it's the mischief season, which means the Janara are causing way more trouble than usual. Will the fortune-teller Zia Pia help them keep their farm safe? In this first of four novels about Benevento, Marciano builds a charming environment of magic and trickery using a pleasantly old-fashioned tone to tell gently scary stories of witches and spirits. Blackall's beautiful two-color illustrations, in shades of gray and blue, adorn almost every page and contribute significantly to the antique look of the whole package. This refreshingly unusual tale will appeal to kids in love with fairy tales.
School Library Journal
Gr 24 In this, the first of a planned four-book collaboration between Marciano and Blackall, readers are introduced to Benevento, an ancient Italian town known for its witches. These aren't your run-of-the-mill witches; rather, they are spirits, fairies, ghosts, and demons, and lesser-known varieties including Manalonga, Clopper, and Janara. It is the Janara witches who come to Benevento, and they are impossible to spot because they can be anyone (even a neighbor or a relative). They transform at night by rubbing magical oil on themselves, which gives them powers including flight and weather transformation. Most of all, though, the Janara are mischief-makers, causing mayhem wherever they go. Five cousins, Primo, Emilio, Rosa, Maria Beppina, and Sergio, are hot on the trail of the Janara after Rosa is framed for masses of wicked mischief including the barn roof being torn off and all of the hay being tossed out of the barn. Twins Rosa and Emilio enlist the help of their cousins, and visit ornery fortune-teller and healer Zia Pia in hopes of finding a solution to their Janara puzzle. Blackall's distinctive illustrations are a charming blend of expressive drawings complemented with shades of blue. Marciano ends the story with a mysterious plot twist begging to be solved. VERDICT Magical spells and amusing characters with distinctive personalities, coupled with an engaging story with a twist, will captivate readers and leave them clamoring for future stories centered on the other cousins. Michele Shaw, Quail Run Elementary School, San Ramon, CA
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Word Count: 8,846
Reading Level: 4.1
Interest Level: 2-5
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.1 / points: 1.0 / quiz: 183372 / grade: Lower Grades
Lexile: 750L

The first 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 #1   
Mischief Season: a Twins Story

The Janara are wrecking the farm with their nightly mischiefs. Father blames Rosa for everything that goes wrong, and it’s up to the Twins and their friends to find a way to stop the Janara. Will some mysterious advice from an unexpected source be the solution to their problems?

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