One afternoon Shirley Temple Stone clobbers Richie Parsons on the nose with a hardcover novel in the middle of the Summerville Public Library. It doesn't seem like the solid basis for a friendship yet the middle-schoolers--through the diary of long-lost Professor Phillip Nightingale--soon find themselves at the center of a mystery involving a hidden notebook once belonging to Leonardo da Vinci. Middle grade novel Leonardo's Secret takes the reader from the Renaissance, to Italy after the Second World War, up to contemporary time. Librarian Mrs. Goodwin leads Richie and Shirley Temple to clues about the missing Renaissance work but then must protect them from an unscrupulous scholar who's come to steal it. The only catch is this man also happens to be Shirley Temple's father, Jacob Stone. All will vie to discover or conceal the truth behind Leonardo's secret.
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Yesterday Richie Parsons had returned his very overdue books-- Football Stars of the 1970's and Extreme Board Game Review--to the library.
"Dude, they're gonna make you clean out trash cans!" his best friend Jackson Gomez whispered to him in the cafeteria. Jack's eyes darted left and right.
"I don't know what they'll make me do," Richie said, biting into a ketchup-soaked fry.
"I heard a bully girl hangs out there and she like eats sixth-graders for snack!" Jack said.
"Who told you that?" Richie asked with a gulp. Maybe he could just quit school, escape to South America and grow a beard.
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