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The Secret Janara
By (author): John Bemelmans Marciano Illustrated by: Sophie Blackall
9780425291542 Hardcover English Juvenile: Age (years) from 8 - 12, Grade (US) from 3 - 7 JUVENILE FICTION / Fantasy & Magic May 28, 2019
$18.99 CAD
Active 4.88 x 7 x 0.64 in 144 pages Viking Children's Books Viking Books for Young Readers
The exciting adventures of the Benevento cousins continue, as Primo discovers the identity of the secret Janara.

Primo has been given a tantalizing clue about the secret Janara: the Janara lives with him! How can he discover who it is? Only that success will console him for his humiliating defeat at the boar hunt, where Rosa was the winner. Rosa!! Girls are not even supposed to compete.

One night Primo finds a clue. Behind the head of the goddess Diana, the ancient statue in his kitchen, he discovers a bottle of the oil that a Janara needs to transform him or herself before flying off for a night of mischiefs. If he can stay awake one night, surely the Janara will be revealed. But what will he do with the knowledge?

The Benevento children continue to encounter and outwit witches in the sixth and most suspenseful adventure yet of the Witches of Benevento series.

Series Overview: The Witches of Benevento

#1 Mischief Season Spring 2016

#2 The All-Powerful Ring Spring 2016

#3 Beware the Clopper Fall 2016

#4 Respect Your Ghosts Spring 2017

#5 Runaway Rosa Summer 2018

#6 The Secret Janara Spring 2019

WELL-KNOWN AUTHOR & ILLUSTRATOR: John Marciano and Caldecott-winner Sophie Blackall are favorites of booksellers, teachers, and librarians.

LAVISHLY ILLUSTRATED: Two-color illustrations throughout recreate the world of early nineteenth-century Italy in a way that children can relate to.

ONGOING SERIES: The five children who are central characters appear in each book of the Witches of Benevento series. Readers will want to collect them all.

UNIQUE FORMAT: Small trim and paper-over-board format with special cover effects distinguish the books from others in the marketplace. The books fit together with design elements continuing from one book to another.

ORIGINAL PLOTLINE: Makes use of legendary witches who inhabit an actual Italian town.

FANTASY APPEAL: Supernatural powers of the witches will appeal to kids’ love of magic.

John Bemelmans Marciano is the author of the first five Benevento books. He also wrote and illustrated several books that carry on his grandfather’s legacy of the Madeline books: Madeline and the Cats of Rome; Madeline at the White House, Madeline and the Old House in Paris and Madeline Says Merci. He is the author of The Nine Lives of Alexander Baddenfield, and The No-Good Nine. He has also written two books for adults: Anonyponoymous and Whatever Happened to the Metric System?

Author Residence: Brooklyn, NY and Stockton, NJ

Author Hometown: Saddle River, New Jersey

Sophie Blackall received the 2015 Caldecott Medal for her illustrations for Finding Winnie. She has illustrated many picture books and chapter books for children, including the popular Ivy and Bean books. Her picture books includeThe Baby Tree as well as Big Red Lollipop by Rukhsana Khan, which was named one of New York Public Library's 100 Great Books of the Last Century and a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year.

Illustrator Residence: Brooklyn, NY

Illustrator Hometown: Sydney, Australia

“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. A magnificent introduction to fantasy for younger chapter readers interested in magic.” —School Library Journal on The All-Powerful Ring

“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.” —School Library Journal on Mischief Season

“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 tones of gray and blue, adorn almost every page and contribute signficantly to the antique look of the whole package.” —Booklist on Mischief Season

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