Marley Z and the Bloodstained Violin
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

Marley Z and the Bloodstained Violin

2.87 of 5 stars 2.87  ·  rating details  ·  15 ratings  ·  4 reviews
A smart, sophisticated mystery involving theft and bizarre characters, set in New York City.

Marley Z. is a hip, outgoing, and confident New York City kid just starting eighth grade. When her best friend is accused of stealing a priceless violin on display at The Juilliard School, Marley steps in to prove her friend’s innocence. So begins her mad dash around the city—from

Hardcover, 208 pages
Published June 12th 2008 by Dutton Juvenile
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Marley Z and the Bloodstained Violin, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Marley Z and the Bloodstained Violin

Community Reviews

(showing 1-27 of 27)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
WCPL Teens
Marley Zimmerman gets pulled out of her math class with her friend Marisol to discover that the police are waiting for Marisol as they've got her on Julliard's security camera stealing a priceless violin. But Marley knows that Marisol didn't do it - at least not of her own free will. Piecing together clues from the security tape and Marisol's recollections, Marley vows to bring the true thief to justice and clear her friend.
Mti Librarian
Marley Z is a smart, spunky, confident teen willing to jump in, take risks, and get to the bottom of the problem when her friend Marisol is accused of stealing a priceless violin from Julliard. I'll be honest and say right up front that I did not like this book, but it was engaging and clever enough that I kept reading and finished it.
This was a little bit of a slog - the writing wasn't great and the plot strained credulity. Marley Z is 14 and wandering around New York unattended and she is able to convince several authority figures, with not much more than her opinion, that her friend Marisol is innocent. There are other better mysteries out there.
My kid didn't want to finish it. After reading it, I can understand why. Like others have said, the plot strains credulity. Give the kids some credit.
Thethirdtroll marked it as to-read
Aug 17, 2014
Ashley marked it as to-read
Jul 09, 2014
Heather marked it as to-read
May 16, 2013
Amy Madewell
Amy Madewell marked it as to-read
Dec 07, 2010
Flyp 2011 Tweens
Flyp 2011 Tweens marked it as to-read
Sep 13, 2010
Suzuki marked it as to-read
Jun 10, 2010
Leslie marked it as to-read
Jan 01, 2010
Amanda marked it as to-read
Oct 29, 2008
Alicia marked it as to-read
Sep 08, 2008
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
Jim Fusilli is a music critic for The Wall Street Journal and National Public Radio's All Things Considered.
More about Jim Fusilli...
Pet Sounds Narrows Gate Closing Time Road To Nowhere A Well-Known Secret

Share This Book