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The Red Blazer Girls: The Vanishing Violin Audio CD – Audiobook, Unabridged
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Amazon Best Books of the Month, August 2010: The feisty and brainy girl sleuths from St. Veronica's School are hot on the trail of a valuable violin gone missing in The Vanishing Violin, the second installment in this breakout middle-grade mystery series from newcomer Michael D. Beil. There is much to love about a girl-power series focused on something other than fashion, boys, and mean girls. You won't find any Gossip Girls in this crowd, but rather a top-notch crew of tween investigators featuring twelve-year-old Sophie St. Pierre (who chronicles the cases), future Mensa-candidate and musician Margaret Wrobel, the razor-sharp Rebecca Chen, and creative-type Leigh Ann Jaimes. Collectively they thrive on good humor, intriguing puzzles, cross-town adventures, and plenty of sweets from the local coffee shop (Perkatory). Infused with contemporary humor and situations, The Red Blazer Girls offer readers a fresh take on Nancy Drew-inspired mysteries-meets Harriet the Spy. A very smart and rewarding pick for active middle grade readers. --Lauren Nemroff
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From School Library Journal
Gr 5-8–The Red Blazers Girls are back with another multilayered mystery to solve. This time they are on the trail of a missing rare violin. Margaret, a violinist, has a lot riding on this case. If she finds the instrument, it is hers to keep. Once again, the young sleuths must break and trace some cryptic codes and brainteasers that involve logic, math, and literature to find the violin. In the process, Sophie, Margaret, Becca, and Leigh Ann end up trying to save the man who was their prime suspect. The girls also form a band (The Blazers), get a gig, find out who is mysteriously cleaning up St. Veronica's school, and outwit a mean classmate. The Ring of the Rocamadour (Knopf, 2009) is a must-read to get what is going on in this book, but fans of the earlier title will love it. Plenty of adventure is packed into one neatly solved mystery. The dialogue is fast paced and somewhat humorous. The clues are a bit harder than those in the first book, a bonus for readers who like a challenge. Suggest both books to kids who are looking for something funny and intriguing.Shannon Seglin, Patrick Henry Library, Vienna, VA
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In all honesty, the sequel isn't quite as enchanting as the debut. In the first, the puzzles that the girls solved were more intrinsic to the plot. Here, while fun, the puzzles seem more of an obligatory shtick than a natural development. Also, while most adult readers will guess the modern-day perpetrator long before Margaret tumbles to the answer, the resolution to the 30-year theft comes as a complete surprise. The girls are as sweet, clever, and plucky as ever, and readers won't regret rendezvousing with the Red Blazer girls once again.
The Vanishing Violin also introduces the nasty Olivia "Livvy" Klack, a scheming, social-climbing nemesis who's eaten up with envy over the girls' cleverness, talents and poise, and their 15 minutes of fame when they solved a 20-year-old mystery in "The Ring of Rocamadour." By peeking, I found out that Livvy will become a fixture in the series, which should add some spice to the sugar in future. I can't wait for No. 3, The Mistaken Masterpiece.