Author: Stella Nosella

Illustrator: Valentina Vanasia

Pages: 140  Size: 14,5x21cm
Age: +7 years

Available for: all languages except Italian

A mysterious ivory casket is kept at the Archaeological Museum of Venice. Between secret passages, pitfalls and puzzles to solve, will Sebastian be able to protect his secret? Sebastian is a curious boy like many others but with a very special family behind him: his parents are famous archaeologists and thanks to them he travels the world far and wide and wide in search of the unsolved mysteries of history. During one of their travels, Sebastian begins to step into the fascinating world of alchemists who leave unmistakable traces for his family’s archaeological expeditions. In an astonishing adventure to Venice, Sebastian will find himself having to defend the precious ivory casket from the clutches of an elusive art collector who, in a fight to the last enigma, will try to get hold of it at any cost. Between secret passages and twists and turns, Sebastian will also discover that The Sacred Order of Historians, to which his parents belong, is not a simple circle of boring history scholars but a mission to which he too will sooner or later be called.
Prequel of the “Sebastian’s Chronicles” saga written in collaboration with the director and the archaeologists of the National Archaeological Museum of Venice, with the patronage of MIBAC – Polo museale del Veneto.


About the authors

Stella Nosella is an Italian writer of children’s fiction. Her debut novel Sebastian’s Chronicles – Books That Do Not Exist (Capponi Editore) was nominated for the prestigious Premio Strega Award, literature for girls and boys 2019. Stella has a great passion for history and has been one of the foremost lecturers and classroom readers in the Veneto region of Italy. 
Furthermore, Stella has worked for many years in supporting children’s charities and is an ambassador for charities such as #ioleggoperché, that collaborates with #ilvenetolegge and #libriamoci which have been selected for the #primaeffe Feltrinelli project for the school district.

Valentina Vanasia expanded her knowledge at the famous Brera Academy (Italy) where she graduated in illustration – as well as 2D and 3D animation –, sound design and light design. 
Curiosity leads her to find continuous inspiration from multiple sources, such as books, films, comics, video games and music. After the first small commissions, he began his activity as an illustrator.