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About the Author
Jane Langton studied astronomy at Wellesley College and the University of Michigan and did graduate work in art history at the University of Michigan and Radcliffe College. Ms. Langton is the author of a dozen books for young people, including seven other fantasies about the Hall family of Concord, Massachusetts: The Diamond in the Window, The Swing in the Summerhouse, The Astonishing Stereoscope, the Newbery Honor Book The Fledgling, The Fragile Flag, The Time Bike, and The Mysterious Circus. Also well known for her mystery novels for adults, Ms. Langton lives in Lincoln, Massachusetts.
"With a smooth storyteller's pacing and an eye for kid-friendly detail. . . children especially will gravitate to this story and its elements of suspense. . . the young friar's Dr. Dolittle-like communication with animals also holds much appeal. . . Plumes delicate lines and sunny watercolor palette depict the flourishing flora, fauna and stone dwellings of the Italian countryside."--Publishers Weekly