An Epic Kingdom of Fantasy Adventure

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Copyright © 2015 by Edizioni Piemme S.p.A., Palazzo Mondadori, Via Mondadori 1, 20090 Segrate, Italy. International Rights © Atlantyca S.p.A. English translation © 2017 by Atlantyca S.p.A. The publisher does not have any control over and does not assume any responsibility for author or third-party websites or their content. GERONIMO STILTON names, characters, and related indicia are copyright, trademark, and exclusive license of Atlantyca S.p.A. All rights reserved. The moral right of the author has been asserted. Based on an original idea by Elisabetta Dami. www.geronimostilton.com Published by Scholastic Inc., Publishers since 1920, 557 Broadway, New York, NY 10012. SCHOLASTIC and associated logos are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Scholastic Inc. Stilton is the name of a famous English cheese. It is a registered trademark of the Stilton Cheese Makers’ Association. For more information, go to www.stiltoncheese.com. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without written permission of the copyright holder. For information regarding permission, please contact: Atlantyca S.p.A., Via Leopardi 8, 20123 Milan, Italy; e-mail [email protected], www.atlantyca.com. This book is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents are either the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously, and any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, business establishments, events, or locales is entirely coincidental. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data available ISBN 978-1-338-15939-4 Text by Geronimo Stilton Original title Grande ritorno nel Regno della Fantasia 2 Cover by Silvia Fusetti Illustrations by Silvia Bigolin, Federico Brusco, Carla Debernardi, Alessandro Muscillo, and Piemme’s Archives. Color by Christian Aliprandi Graphics by Marta Lorini and Daria Colombo Special thanks to Kathryn Cristaldi Translated by Julia Heim Interior design by Kay Petronio 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 Printed in China

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Psst . . . It’s me, Geronimo Stilton in the fur! Get ready, I’m returning to the magical Kingdom of Fantasy!

A ThousAnd silver violins t all started one spring at the

crack

of

dawn. I was having a dream. No, scratch that. I was having a

nightmare!

turne d, and tossed and  ssed and turned . . .

I tossed and , and t o

turned

In my dream a familiar face hovered over me.

Blossom, the sweet Queen of the Fairies ? It sure looked like her, but when I

Was it

H um p

h...

A ThousAnd

peered closer a

silver violins

shiver ran down my fur. It

wasn’t Blossom at all. It was Wither, Blossom’s evil twin sister! She was surrounded by strange flying creatures. They looked like witches with wings. In fact, they were . . . 

the dark fairies

!!

The dark fairies grabbed their

silver violins

and began to play. Unfortunately, it wasn’t happy dance music (you know, the kind that makes you want to kick up your paws). This melody was disturbing. Next the fairies began to sing.

Of this we warn . . . the time

is right . . .

rn . . . ent er the night! The veil is to

2

A ThousAnd

silver violins

What did that mean? It couldn’t be good. The dark fairies are not known for their kindhearted nature. I woke up squeaking. Then I jumped out of bed so fast I jumped right out of my pajamas. Well, okay, I didn’t really jump out of my pj’s, but you get