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If you purchased this book without a cover, you should be aware thatthis book is stolen property. It was reported as “unsold and destroyed”to the publisher, and neither the author nor the publisher has receivedany payment for this “stripped book.”No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrievalsystem, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic,mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without written permission from the copyright holder. For information regardingpermission, please contact: Atlantyca S.p.A., Via Leopardi 8, 20123Milan, Italy; e-mail, 978-0-545-44774-4Copyright 2011 by Edizioni Piemme S.p.A., Corso Como 15, 20154Milan, Italy.International Rights Atlantyca S.p.A.English translation 2013 by Atlantyca S.p.A.GERONIMO STILTON names, characters, and related indicia arecopyright, trademark, and exclusive license of Atlantyca S.p.A. Allrights reserved. The moral right of the author has been asserted.Based on an original idea by Elisabetta Dami.www.geronimostilton.comPublished by Scholastic Inc., 557 Broadway, New York, NY 10012.SCHOLASTIC and associated logos are trademarks and/or registeredtrademarks 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 by Geronimo StiltonOriginal title Via le zampe dalla pietra di fuoco!Cover by Flavio FerronIllustrations by Giuseppe Facciotto (design) and Daniele Verzini (color)Graphics by Marta LoriniSpecial thanks to Tracey WestTranslated by Emily ClementInterior design by Becky James12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1Printed in the U.S.A.First printing, January 201313 14 15 16 17 18/040

CLANG! CLANG!My dear mouse friends, I hope you enjoy thisstory. I have spent many hours C H I S EL I NGit into stone for you!CLANG!NCLAG!

CLANG! CLANG!ringingMy ears werefrom the poundingof the chisel, even though I was wearing myearmuffs.But wait! I should introduce myself.My name is Geronimo Stiltonoot,and I’m sure that you have figured out by nowthat I am a cavemouse. I live in the village ofOld Mouse City.I run The Stone Gazette, the city’s mostfamouse newspaper. (Actually, it’s a stoneslab. Paper hasn’t been invented yet.) Wecarve one for every rodent in the city!It’s hard work, but life is hard for usCAVEMICE. When you live in the STONEAGE, danger is waiting around every corner!We cavemice risk ourevery timewe step out of our caves. That’s why I wroteup myjust this morning. You neverknow what might happen! For example, aF URwill3

CLANG! CLANG!linoia!g lavYBgiant meteorite could fall from the skyand squash me. Or the volcano could explodewith boiling lava the color offiery orange cheddar.Or maybe Tiger Khan willinvade with his army of sabertoothed. Or arampaging T. rex couldchomp on my tail or bury me inchoa giant pile of dung. (Yuck! What a terribleway to go!)r meat,tigeee!’rmousouNohetttail!

CLANG! CLANG!GREAT ZAPOr worst of all — thecould strike me down and singe my fur!Fortunately, disasters like these don’thappen every day. But there are plenty of otherdaily dangers to worry about. For example,the mail-a-dactyl is always droppingletters carved in stone right on top of my head!Ouch! Sorry, what was I saying?Oh, yes.I keep it here at the entrance to my CAVE,and every once in a while I make a few changes.PhMy will . . .ewell!a smtah!WeThGreat Zap!h your headWatc.dlealiicvery!eSp


On the wall next to my willis a caveofmy family and friends. I had itpainted by Pablo Picasstone,the village, so Icould always be close tothem. They are moreimportant to methan cheese.If it weren’t forthem, I’d probablyPAINTINGartistextinct bybenow!eicasstonPablo Pof hisin frontpaintingtesnuStaesoMo

CLANG! CLANG!Let me introduce everyone in the paintingto you. The one with white fur shaped likean onion on top of her head is GrandmaRatrock. She’s a very strict rodent! If IRatrockspill even a crumb of cheese on my clothes,she’s the first one to scold me. She saysshe does it for my own good.rockmo StiltonootronieGTrapBenjaminTheaatGrandma R

CLANG! CLANG!The rodent who’s pinching my right ear ismy cousin Trap . He never misses a chanceto play a trick on me! He runs the RottenTooth Tavern, which is famouse for its deepfried cheese nuggets.That’s my sister,, in the purple dress.She’s a very lively and active rodent! She’s aspecial reporter for The Stone Gazette, andshe’s always on the hunt for a scoop.And thatyoung rodent in front ismy nephew, Benjamin. He’s very smart — asTheacutesharp as cheddar, I always say.Like I said, my family is very importantto me. We are always there for one another,no matter what. That’s the only way to survivein the!STONE AGE9

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