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The Red Blazer Girls: The Secret Cellar (The Red Blazer Girls #4)

4.2 of 5 stars 4.20  ·  rating details  ·  220 ratings  ·  31 reviews
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 Girlsrepresent 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

Mysteries seem to
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published October 9th 2012 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2012)
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The junior detectives of Manhattan are at it again, this time trying to solve a mystery which involves a German spy, a fountain pen, and Alexander the Great. On the side, the girls are trying to figure out why their favorite coffee place closed shop and try to get their arch nemesis Gordon Winterbottom back together with his wife, Winnie. As with the other Red Blazer Girl books, the plot is mixed with mystery, boys, school, friendship and family, and is completely unbelievable. These girls have ...more
Joanne Huynh
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I'm a big fan of the Red Blazer Girls - the voice is so smart and funny, and the setting is why-can't-life-be-like-that good. But the plots in books 2 and 3 were a little lame, so I'm thrilled that The Secret Cellar gets back to the form of the first book - satisfying and engaging mystery with some fun puzzle along the way.
Karen Arendt
Just love this series! Smart, engaging, and full of adventure!
I can't recommend the Red Blazer girls enough. As I've no doubt said before, these smart, sassy, ultra-capable girls are the best kid/tween detectives out there, along with Wendelin Van Draanen's Sammy Keyes. I defy any Nancy Drew fan worth their salt out there not to immediately fall in love with Sophie, Becca, Leigh Ann, & Margaret, & their fun, ever-fascinating New York City stomping grounds, populated with great friends & family members, interesting & multifaceted people of a ...more
Ms. Yingling
Sophie is back with her classmates, and once again, they are involved in a mystery. Sophie sees a fountain pen that she would like to get for her father at a local antiques shop. When it goes up for auction, the snotty owner of a local bookstore, Marcus Klinger, also bids for the pen, which is from the estate of a local music enthusiast, Curtis Dedmann. Dedmann was also fond of clue oriented scavenger hunts, and when Sophie uncovers a slip of paper with a riddle on it within the barrel of the pe ...more
New York's Red Blazer Girls are back with a new mystery. This time, it involves recently deceased Curtis Dedmann. Sophie buys his fountain pen at an auction, then discovers that the pen holds a secret--and the starting point to some amazing discoveries in the vast room below Dedmann's house. Who exactly was Dedmann? What has he hidden behind his walls? How will they unlock the intricate, built-in system of secret locks, all connected with arts, literature, history, astronomy, and the number nine ...more
The Red Blazer Girls are back! New mysteries, new adventures and more.

Various happen in this book, you have a mystery and you also have the closure of the Perkatory (their coffee/place to be) and also the return of Mr. Winterbottom, and how they are trying to get him and his girlfriend to get together again.

I must say this was my favourite book so far. We got all the girls now + Lizz, and I must say this is perfect. The girls really amazing.

This time it is winter/almost Christmas and the girls a
Krista (CubicleBlindness Reviews)
It's Christmastime in New York and the girls are out shopping. When Sophie comes across a pen being auctioned at an estate sale she jumps at the opportunity to buy it for her father. This pen ends up having a piece of paper hidden inside of it that starts them on a big mystery to discover the clues.

In this edition of the Red Blazer Girls Mysteries, they will not only solve the story behind the clues in the pen. But also help their favorite coffee shop open again and help a woman learn about a gr
4 Stars!

First of all, this was beautifully crafted together, but I took off a star because of how I wasn't sucked in the story.

Now, for the actual reviewing! Okay, so meet our comrades Leigh Ann, Rebecca (Also known as Becca), Livvy Klack, Margaret, Mr.Eliot (English teacher.), Gordon, Elizabeth, Raf, some NEW characters (Only exclusive in this book, I must presume.) called Lindsay, Shelly, Mr. Dedmann, and Marcus Klinger. Most importantly, Sophie St. Pierre. (Our protagonist, and main characte
If I were really being strict about my goal to judge books by what they set out to achieve, I'd have to rate this four stars. As an adult, I didn't find it absolutely gripping, but I did find it - and the whole series - well-crafted and charming. The heroines are four NYC schoolgirls, 12 or 13, going to a Catholic school on the upper east side. The narrator, Sophie, gets the action going when she tries to buy a Christmas present for her dad, only to be (nearly) thwarted by a mean used-book selle ...more
Grace M
This book is an amazing mystery novel. It has huge plot twists, well thought out characters, and full of action and sups- pence. This book is always keeping you on your toes ready for more. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who is in for the thrill. It is a great read!
Friday, November 30: 15 minutes.
Saturday, December 1: 25 minutes.

Wednesday, December 6: 20 minutes.
Friday, December 7: 20 minutes.
Saturday, December 8: 15 minutes.

Tuesday, December 11: 15 minutes
Friday, December 14: 60 minutes
Saturday, December 15: 20 minutes

Monday, December 24: 1hr
Thursday, December 27: 1hr 30min.

Friday, January 4: 30 minutes.
Saturday, January 5: 1hr.

Monday: 30 min -
Tuesday: 2 hour -
Wednesday: 2 hours 30 min. -

Stephanie Mohler
I'm starting to wonder why adults "hire" middle school students to solve a mystery. A middle school student would probably not ask this question. But- I do like reading about smart, strong girls who aren't afraid to show their intelligence.
The Red Blazer Girls from St. Veronica’s are back with a new adventure and mystery to solve. Sophie buys her father a fountain pen at a local antique store. Little does she know what mystery that will open up. She finds a message in the pen that leads to a secret cellar. They go to the home of the man who originally owned the pen. He is a mystery himself with a house full of puzzles. Now the girls are really determined to get to the bottom of this mystery.
Amon  Dithers

I've been enjoying this series for awhile now, and I felt book three lacked just a bit, but I was happy to see that book four came back strong. The clues are harder in this one, but I liked it. I liked that it's a bit more complex. I think kids are going to really get into the mystery of it all. Beil did a great job with it.
I've become quite the fan of The Red Blazer girl books. The characters are very engaging and the mysteries are equally smart and fun. The Secret Cellar mystery was not the quest that the previous mysteries have been, but it was fun and the way Beil parsed out the information kept me involved.
Less believable than the first two mysteries in the series.
Nancy Brown
Complicated mystery, although I like the Red Blazer Girls. Hard to follow the clues, and not sure that girls that age would like that kind of mystery, based on adult literature and art.
I really liked the reference to Dash & Lily's Book of Dares :) Please tell me that there's a 5th book. Or at least that Michael D. Beil is starting/writing the 5th book. PLEASE!
Now these are the Red Blazer Girls I remember and love from The Ring of Rocamadour! The return of familiar faces and the historical elements make this a very fun ride.
Beil does it again with another well-plotted mystery in which the girls have to solve puzzle clues in order to solve the mystery.
I couldn't find this in any libraries to borrow. Finally had to order it from Amazon to get my fix. It was worth the wait.
Oh dear, I've finished all the published ones now. They're still very cute and fun to read. Why aren't there more yet??
Loved this one. Wish I knew a tween girl who I could give these to. I don't think they'd be popular at my school.
Polly ?
Another great book by Michael D. Beil. I hope another one comes out soon
Should have read this in sequence. Too much I couldn't piece together....
Thursday, Nov. 8: 52 min
Friday, Nov. 9: 49 min

A nice young adult with a mystery, hard to find.
Really funny and interesting mystery!!!
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Michael D. Beil grew up in rural Ohio , where he learned to milk cows and other important lessons. He was a sailor, sailmaker and lawyer before finding his true calling in 1997: Teacher.

Since 2001, he has taught English and drama at Saint Vincent Ferrer, an all-girls Catholic high school in Manhattan, where he also wrote and produced Aftershocks, a play based on the challenges facing the immigrant
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