For Kate, life back home in Minnesota is a not-so-distant memory. Her fathers work has brought the family overseas to a countryside estate in Tuscany. Kate spends much of her time with her younger brother, nine-year-old Michael, roaming the beautiful estate grounds, filled with moss-covered statues, cypress trees, and olive groves. But when Kate and Michael find a lost baby griffin--a strange, fantastical creature with colorful downy feathers and tufts of fur-- they enter into a magical adventure marked by danger, fear, and a sinister, beckoning presence named Prince Eduardo. The two try to keep Grifonino safe and his existence a secret, but pursuit by greedy paparazzi and eager scientists threatens the creatures safety. Now, with the help of their older brother Stephen, the siblings set out to solve the mystery of where the magical creature came fromand how to get him back there once and for all.
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Kristin Wolden Nitz is very familiar with Italian culture. Like Kate and Michael, she and her family spent time living in that country. An avid sports fan, coach and the author of many magazine articles on kids and sports, Nitz has also written nonfiction sports books. She lives in Michigan.From School Library Journal:
Grade 3–6—Eleven-year-old Kate is so good at spinning yarns that her little brother, Michael, often ends up believing the tales she tells. Yet when the two children stumble across an adorably fierce baby griffin, even Kate's most fantastic stories can't compete with the truth. Their family has only 10 days left in Italy before returning home to Minnesota, and the siblings want to spend as much time as possible with their fantastic new friend. They must figure out where Grifonino lives and find a way to send him back, while avoiding overzealous griffin-seekers and deciding whether or not to let their obnoxious teenaged brother in on their secret. The story uses the age-old conceit of children stumbling upon a magical creature, with little to distinguish it from similar books. There is some confusion surrounding a potential villain known as Prince Eduardo that never really pans out, though the action certainly moves along at a nice clip. With sweet pen-and-ink illustrations at each chapter heading, this is a good story, just not an exceptional one.—Elizabeth Bird, New York Public Library
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