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|Midnight in the piazza|
Author: Parks, Tiffany
When her father uproots her and moves them both to Rome over summer break, Beatrice's life is turned upside down. Beatrice is the only witness to a theft and is determined to find out who the culprit is and deliver justice.
Kirkus Reviews (01/15/18)
School Library Journal (11/01/17)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/03/18)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 11/01/2017 Gr 4–6—Beatrice Archer is determined, perhaps even destined, to solve a series of interconnecting mysteries in this lavish tale of secrets and synchronicity. Just before her 13th birthday, Beatrice's father gets a prestigious job in Rome. Although initially opposed to the move, Beatrice is clever and curious, and the lure of the ancient city's rich culture piques her interest. She becomes more intrigued when she sees the beautiful fountain—complete with four bronze turtles—in the piazza outside her new apartment building, and hears rumors about a local curse. One night, she witnesses a theft at the fountain, but is unable to convince her father it has happened. Undeterred, Beatrice embarks on a mission that leads her to discover some tragic truths behind the local legends, and interrupt a major art heist in the process. In this cleverly crafted story, Beatrice is a delightfully quirky character, and an avid lover and user of knowledge. The only drawback is how frequently she lets the attitude and opinion of Marco influence her. VERDICT Recommended for avid readers who appreciate artsy mysteries.—Whitney LeBlanc, KIPP New Orleans Schools - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.