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The Vanishing Violin
The Red Blazer Girls Series, Book 2
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The perfect series for kids who loved THE LEMONADE WAR series and are ready for more mysteries!"With wit, cunning, snappy dialogue and superior math skills, The Red Blazer Girls represent the...
The perfect series for kids who loved THE LEMONADE WAR series and are ready for more mysteries!"With wit, cunning, snappy dialogue and superior math skills, The Red Blazer Girls represent the...
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  • The perfect series for kids who loved THE LEMONADE WAR series and are ready for more mysteries!

    "With wit, cunning, snappy dialogue and superior math skills, The Red Blazer Girls represent the best of girl-detectives while still feeling relatable and real. Nancy Drew would be right at home with this group." — Huffington Post's 15 Greatest Kid Detectives List

    When there are mysteries to be solved, the Red Blazer Girls are on the case! The discovery of the Ring of Rocamadour has secured the girls' reputation as Upper East Side super-sleuths, bringing many sundry job requests (no mystery too small, right?) and some unwanted attention from crooks. This time the girls must follow a trail of cryptic clues, involving everything from logic to literature, to trace a rare violin gone missing. But nothing is as it appears, and just as a solution seems imminent, the girls find themselves scrambling to save the man who was once their prime suspect.

    Bowstrings and betrayal, crushes and codes abound in this suspenseful companion to the Red Blazer Girls' 2009 debut. Michael Beil, a New York City high school English teacher and life-long mystery fan, delivers a middle-grade caper that's perfect for middle-grade readers who have finished THE LEMONADE WAR series and are ready for more advanced mysteries!

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  • From the book In which the true nature of detective work is revealed to be full of cobwebs,  beady-eyed critters, and something sticky    

    Like a plaid-skirted Jedi Knight, I wave my trusty lightsaber—okay, really it's just a flashlight—back and forth in front of my face, carving a swath through a tangle of spiderwebs. Convinced that my eight-legged enemies have been cleared from my immediate path, I aim the beam at the jumbled piles of broken desks and God only knows what else lurking in the far corners of the school basement.  

    "There's definitely something dead down here," I announce.  

    "It's not the dead things I'm worried about," Leigh Ann says. "There might be rats."  

    Rebecca laughs deviously. "Might be? Um, Leigh Ann, this is New York. Just keep your feet moving and they won't bother you."  

    In spite of Rebecca's sensible advice, Leigh Ann freezes. "Are you serious?"  

    "Rebecca. Sophie. Stop scaring her. There are no rats, and nothing is dead," Margaret says.  

    I shine my light at a shelf just above my head and detect two beady eyes sizing me up. He's so close I can see his whiskers moving. "Nah. There wouldn't be rats down here. This is our neat-and-tidy school, after all." I brush aside a few more spiderwebs and charge ahead.  

    Margaret pats me on the shoulder. She has spotted my furry friend, too. "All right, let's concentrate. We have a job to do."  

    Ah yes, the job.  

    After our triumphant recovery of the Ring of Rocamadour, we became minor celebrities at St. Veronica's School. Malcolm Chance, the ex-husband of our first client, and someone all my instincts were absolutely, 100 percent wrong about, told the neighborhood newspaper, the East Sider, all about us. They sent a reporter to the school for an interview, and we ended up splashed across the front page, with a picture and this story:    

    "Red Blazer Girls" Solve Local Mystery  

    It seems that Sherlock Holmes, Nero Wolfe, and Hercule Poirot have some competition right here on the Upper East Side.  

    Four St. Veronica's School students solved a 20-year-old mystery when they discovered one of the famed Rings of Rocamadour in its hiding place beneath the floor of St. Veronica's Church on Lexington Avenue. The students—Rebecca Chen, Margaret Wrobel,and Sophie St. Pierre, all of Manhattan, and Leigh Ann Jaimes of Queens—followed clues, cracked a devilishly clever mathematical code, and outwitted a pair of fiends who appear to have taken lessons from Boris and Natasha of Bullwinkle fame.  

    The ring, hidden by the late, noted archaeologist Everett Harriman as part of a birthday puzzle for his daughter, dates back to the first century and is alleged to have certain mystical powers—including the power to make dreams come true—according to the girls, who refer to themselves as the Red Blazer Girls in honor of their St. Veronica's School uniforms.  

    "These girls have done the city, and the whole world, a huge service," says Malcolm Chance, professor of archaeology at Columbia University, and the son-in-law of Everett Harriman. "The ring is priceless—and it almost certainly would have been lost forever without their intelligence and persistence." Professor Chance reports that the ring has been donated to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and reunited with the other of the pair, believed to be wedding rings given to a young couple in France by St. Veronica herself. According to Catholic tradition, St. Veronica was the woman who wiped the face of Jesus...

About the Author-

  • Michael D. Beil is an English teacher in a New York City high school. The Red Blazer Girls: The Vanishing Violin is his second book for Knopf, and he is currently at work on a third Red Glazer Girls mystery.

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  • School Library Journal

    August 1, 2010

    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

    Copyright 2010 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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    July 1, 2010
    Grades 5-8 The Red Blazer Girls, four sleuths from St. Veronicas School in Manhattan, made a splash in their debut mystery, The Ring of Rocamadour (2009). Here, picking up almost where the last book left off, narrators Sophie, Margaret, Rebecca, and Leigh Ann, with newly printed business cards, find themselves in the midst of several interlocking mysteries, mostly involving violins. Sister Bernadette has hired them to find the mysterious stranger sprucing up the school. Only later do the gumshoes learn the connection between the redecorator and a stolen violin. Meanwhile, Margaret, violinist extraordinaire, is being inundated with wildly complex and deliciously devious clues. If she can put them together, she will be the recipient of a rare and wonderful violin of her own. Like many sophomore series efforts, this book has problems trying to mesh information from the first title into a new story. But Beil has lost none of his edge when it comes to setting up sleuthing scenarios and offering kids codes and clues that will intrigue (or drive them crazy). Smartly plotted, smartly played.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2010, American Library Association.)

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