Ring of Fire (Century Quartet, Book 1)

Book 1 of 4 in the Century Series
Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 4 - 8Grades 3 - 5n/a4.365556
Every hundred years, four kids from four cities must save the world.

Rome, December 29.

A mix-up with their reservations forces Harvey from New York, Mistral from Paris, and Sheng from Shanghai to share a room with the hotel owner’s daughter, Elettra. The four kids discover an amazing coincidence—they all have birthdays on February 29, Leap Day. That night, a strange man gives them a briefcase and asks them to take care of it until he returns. Soon afterward, the man is murdered.

The kids open the briefcase. In it they find a series of clues that take them all over Rome, through dusty libraries and dark catacombs, in search of the elusive Ring of Fire, an ancient object so powerful that legend says even a Roman emperor couldn’t control it.

In the first book of the Century quartet, Italian author P. D. Baccalario begins a mystery that will take four cities and four extraordinary kids to solve.
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published on September 8, 2009 by Random House Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 0375858954
ISBN-13: 9780375858956
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  • headream100
    headream100Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 2:56 am55 stars
    I first saw it at the school library and I supposed it would be an interesting book, so I borrowed it and TOTALLY fell in love with it.
    • headream100
      headream100Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 2:54 am55 stars
      I love the Century series just as much as the Ulysses Moore series! It's a GREAT BOOK, and I recommend it big-time.