Runaway Rosa
Runaway Rosa

Series: Withces Of Benevento Vol. 5   

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Annotation: The Benevento children are excitedly preparing for the annual Boar Hunt, where the prize is given to the ten-year-old who catches the boar. No girl has ever competed, but Rosa is determined to take part--and win.
Catalog Number: #167222
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
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Special Formats: Chapter Book Chapter Book
Publisher: Penguin
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Illustrator: Blackall, Sophie,
Pages: 131 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-425-29151-0
ISBN 13: 978-0-425-29151-1
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2018289352
Dimensions: 18 cm.
Language: English
Horn Book
Ten-year-old Rosa resists being restricted to nineteenth-century domestic duties and secretly trains to compete with the boys in Benevento's annual wild boar hunt. Conversely, her twin brother Emilio refuses to participate in this display of bravery and secretly learns to read. This new volume, tidily illustrated by Blackall, continues the gentle adventures and community spirit of an ancient Italian village shaped in equal parts by magic and tradition. Historical notes are appended.
Kirkus Reviews
Gender expectations get a tweak with the arrival of a new little sibling for twins Emilio and Rosa.Following a loud refusal to join the women who have gathered to help Momma through labor, Rosa's life takes such a turn for the worse—diapers, housework, cooking, ugh—that at last she furiously runs off to live in the trees (till dinnertime). She creates an even bigger stir by insisting on signing up for the formerly boys-only Great Hunt of the Boar, promising her shocked father she'll return to her despised domestic duties if she loses. (She doesn't lose.) Meanwhile, Emilio is thrilled by the new arrival ("Is it a boy or a girl?" "Why don't you look for yourself?"). He just feigns reluctance to take over child care duties after his sister threatens to disclose his secret reading, and he avoids signing up for the hunt himself but coaches Rosa on the best techniques for success. As in earlier episodes, on nearly every page Blackall deftly captures the characters of fiery Rosa, gentle Emilio, and the rest of Benevento's olive-skinned country cast in her two-color sketches. Also as in most of the earlier volumes, the local supernatural residents remain present but just out of sight…though a closing revelation hints that that may not always be the case.Trials, tempests, and triumphs in a still-beguiling Italian country setting. (historical and cultural afterwords) (Fantasy. 8-10)
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Reading Level: 4.0
Interest Level: 2-5
Lexile: 660L

The Benevento cousins return for more adventures in the ancient town that's famous for its witches!

The Benevento children are excitedly preparing for the annual Boar Hunt, where the prize of the Golden Tusk is given to the ten-year old who catches the boar. No girl has ever competed, but Rosa is determined to take part -- and win! She refuses to stay home and help take care of the new baby and cook and clean. She will just have to run away.

Life was very different in Benevento of the 1800s, and John Marciano's clever story and Sophie Blackall's charming illustrations bring the town, its people, and its past to vivid life.

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