The Secret of the Magic Pearl (Hardcover)
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"Beautiful, remarkable, amazing, and wonderful in every way." -- Starred Review, Kirkus Review
"Brilliant colors give the pages a luxe feel." -- Starred Review, Publisher Weekly
"An exceptional story that will have young readers longing for the sea." -- Starred Review, Booklist
"All the trappings of a splendid adventure tale . . . Bruno's illustrations make it a truly enchanting read." -- BookPage
"A GORGEOUS book " -- Sophie Blackall, two-time Caldecott Medal winner
"Beautifully illustrated with magical pictures." - Brian Selznick, Caldecott Medal winner
"A shining pearl of a book." -- Avi, Newbery Medal winner
One of 8 Middle Grade Books to Read this Fall - Kirkus Reviews
Dive below the waves to where the real adventure begins.
Hector lives with his family at the Marina in an Italian coastal town where they organize tourist expeditions to explore the many wonders of the sea. Hector's dream is to become a deep-sea diver, just like his father. Then, one day, an unscrupulous entrepreneur opens a much newer center next door, forcing them to close their business. This man has a single purpose, to find the legendary Pearl in order to sell it and make money. Hector decides to find a way to thwart the plan and save what matters most to him: the sea, his family, and his dream.
About the Author
Elisa Sabatinelli was born in Fano, Italy, and grew up in Barcelona, Spain. She has published short stories and a novel for adults. The Secret of the Magic Pearl is her first book for children. Ms. Sabatinelli lives in Milan with her husband and two children. To learn more, visit her on Facebook at @elisa.sabatinelli Iacopo Bruno has illustrated hundreds of book covers and has received recognition from the Society of Illustrators in New York, the Cook Prize, and his book, Sergeant Reckless, written by Patricia McCormick, won the Texas Bluebonnet Award and the California Young Reader Medal 2021. Other books illustrated by Iacopo Bruno include Mesmerized: How Ben Franklin Solved a Mystery that Baffled All of France by Mara Rockliff; and Bartali's Bicycle: The True Story of Gino Bartali, Italy's Secret Hero by Megan Hoyt. When he is not drawing, he takes his boat in search of dolphins and, if the weather is bad, restores paintings and antique furniture in his cellar full of tools and curiosities. Learn more at his website: http: //iacopobruno.blogspot.com/ and www.theworldofdot.com/ Christopher Turner is an Italian to English translator, editor and professional writer. He has translated many children's books into English in his 30-year career including the popular Geronimo Stilton books. He lives in Wimbledon, London. Learn more at: https: //www.chris-turner.net/