P. D. Baccalario was born in Acqui Terme, a beautiful little town in the Piedmont region of Northern Italy. He grew up in the middle of the woods with his three dogs and his black bicycle. He loves seeing new places and discovering new lifestyles, although, in the end, he always returns to the comfort of familiar ones.
Look at that cute cover and try to tell me you do not want to pick up this book!
The book starts with an introduction of Finlay, his family and his very big imagination. He is about to turn 13 and he loves to go you and have adventures or go fishing on his special spot. I had a harder time with Aiby. Surrounded by a bit to much mystery it was difficult to get a grip on her.
The story is not as filled with fairy tales and magical items as the synopsis might imply. Still it was a great adventure book for both boys and girls. There are great graphics to explain the magical items used in the story. There are mentions of internet and cell phones but they felt forced to make the story more contemporary so I was happy that it was not mentioned often.
Suitcase of Stars
Author: Pierdomenico Baccalario
Publisher: Stone Arch Books
Original title: Una Valigia di Stelle
Series: La Bottega Battibaleno #1
Stone Arch Books: Hardcover