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The Red Blazer Girls: The Ring of Rocamadour (The Red Blazer Girls #1)

3.75  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,935 Ratings  ·  292 Reviews
"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

It all began with The Scream. And ended with . . . well, if we told you that, it wouldn’t be a mystery! But in be
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published April 14th 2009 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published 2009)
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Ivonne Rovira
Aug 06, 2014 Ivonne Rovira rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who wants to experience the joys of true friendship
The Ring of Rocamadour, the debut to The Red Blazer Girls mystery series, is a valentine to New York City and the thousands of plaid-skirted parochial school girls that swarm Upper Manhattan. It made the decades that I’ve been gone just melt away and inspired a nostalgia-tinged smile.

Seventh-grader Sophie St. Pierre and her friends/classmates at St. Veronica’s Catholic School on East 68th Street in Manhattan, Margaret Wroble and Rebecca Chen, are genuinely big-hearted, intellectually curious, an
Sep 08, 2010 Kathryn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, middle-grade
Fun, fun, fun! I SO enjoyed reading this story of four friends attending Catholic middle school in NYC and the unexpected mystery they find themselves unraveling in hopes of finding a lost and very valuable birthday present that's been hidden for over twenty years--one that will have even more worth if it can help bring a divided family back together again. I love that the girls are fun and spunky and unabashedly into their school subjects, totally geeking out over Charles Dickens and geometry w ...more
Sep 02, 2009 Inge rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids
Starting this book, I noticed a real Blue Balliet "Chasing Vermeer"-type of vibe. But, that quickly evaporated. The Red Blazer Girls are much more accessible than the Balliet protagonists, who are genius child-prodigy types. You get the feeling that Sophie, Rebecca, and Margaret could be your friends, and that you (yes, plain old average-intelligence "you") could help them solve the mystery. Yet, I appreciated the fact that the mystery wasn't at easy to solve as you'd think, and just when you th ...more
Reading Vacation
Do you like puns? This mystery was full of them and they made me laugh. Oh, and there was a dash of romance mixed in. This mystery also had geometry problems and word puzzles to solve. How’s that for unique?
The idea of a girl detective made me think of Nancy Drew, but Nancy was always older. I loved that The Red Blazer Girls were in middle school and Sophie is a “reader.” This made it easy for me to relate to them. I also liked how well they got along and worked together.
The plot definite
Jackeline Fernandes
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Apr 28, 2014 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, juvenile, 2014
Fun story about a group of girls solving a puzzle paper trail which ultimately leads to a long buried treasure.

It was very clever the way the author came up with the puzzles, then solutions, and how each girl had their special skills/traits to solve a portion of each.

There was much talk about everyday events in their lives, which I felt slowed the story down a little bit, but all in all I enjoyed listening to this one.

However, I think a print version would benefit better as then the reader migh
Jul 11, 2012 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my- this book is awesome! I'm intrigued enough to have already ordered another book in the series as soon as I started to read it. This is the first book in the series, written by a teacher. Narrated in the first person by Sophie St. Pierre, she tells of her adventures with her friends, Margaret Wroble, Rebecca Chen, and Leigh Ann Jaimes, all 7th graders at St. Veronica's girl school on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The girls meet a slightly batty elderly lady who lives in the old nunnery ...more
Madeline Smoot
May 11, 2010 Madeline Smoot rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
I was a kid, I read Nancy Drew nearly every day in fourth grade. (I also read The Hardy Boys, Trixie Belden, The Bosbey Twins, Cherry Ames, The Three Investigators and pretty much every mystery like these except for The Boxcar Children. I somehow missed The Boxcar Children.)

You can probably guess that I liked mystery series as a kid. So imagine how excited I when the BookPeople buyer handed me a new children’s mystery series for girls. I even like to think of it as the Nancy Drew for the modern
Sep 29, 2011 Shauna rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The Book Diva brought this to Aerie. I was really excited about it's high ratings and surprise ending. (it's for those who love mystery, math and a modest measure of mayhem) It sounded perfect for her.She loves math, mystery and mayhem! And the second book is all about a vanishing violin--what could be more fitting? However, after she read it for an hour or so during Sallie's group class today, she said, "I really don't like it." I told her I was surprised that she didn't like it, because it see ...more
Dec 28, 2010 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a lot of fun. Having just read Heist Society and Theodore Boone, Kid Lawyer, I can say it fits in nicely with those others.

I expected the puzzles and mystery; what I didn't expect was the good writing and characterization. The protagonist, Sophie St. Pierre, narrates in a funny, fresh, likable voice that reminds me of several of my favorite bloggers.

Again, as in Theodore Boone, you have a functional professional family who still makes time to be together when it's important. The New Yo
Mar 06, 2013 Gabs rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a laugh out loud mystery which had me giggling from the very beginning! Even the chapters have hilarious names.

I hadn't really read an honest-to-goodness mystery in a while, so I checked this book out at my library after Goodreads recommended it to me. I started reading it and I was hooked. The narrator, Sophie, is extremely funny. So is Mr. Eliot. He made a comment about 'Randy Bob Shakespeare' that had me snorting in laughter. All the girls have their own unique talents, as well as the
Oct 13, 2009 ananka rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book
It was ok and probably most of my beefs are with the reading, since I listened to this book. The woman reading did a good job with the voices, but her portrayal of the older woman kept making me think she was trying to pull one over on the girls. I was waiting for the cat to be let out of the bag. Instead the flip was someone else. Maybe I just wanted to dislike her for her over-niceness. My second problem was with the "teaching moments". They were painfully obvious and I could imagine the kids ...more
Jul 07, 2014 Jenny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
I liked the puzzles and the mystery for middle grade readers. In my opinion, this was similar to but not as good as Blue Balliet's mysteries. I was also surprised that the characters used mild profanity and the Lord's name in vain, particularly because they are Catholic school girls. Also, they did run around NYC with little/no supervision which felt off to me since they are only in junior high. So overall, I liked it but didn't love it. My daughter started it and decided not to fini ...more
KayLee J.
I recently finished The Red Blazer Girls by Michael D. Beil. This book is great for people who like mystery, math, and a lot of action! Sophie's scream began it all... After searching the school's church attic the girls find a secret passage way leading to the mysterious Ms. Harrimans home. She sets on an adventure to find the ring of Racamoudor. The author does a really good job describing the setting. It's like a painted picture in my mind of what everything looks like. The next few chapters a ...more
Sister C
Jun 29, 2014 Sister C rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book did not live up to my expectations. The plot itself was interesting enough, but nothing to write home about. The three main characters are supposed to be 7th grade girls, but their behavior would be more appropriate for high-school aged girls. They stay out late without any major consequences from their parents. They hang out at the local coffee shop (where'd they get that kind of money?). The mild language (hells and damns and Oh my G*d regularly) doesn't belong in the speech of a 12 ...more
Christopher Sumpter
I thought this would be a good "Winston Breen"-style mystery that I could recommend to my tween son. Unfortunately, it failed to live up to that standard. Content-wise and style-wise, it was a fun read; but the puzzles were sub-par. For the most part, they were too easily solved, probably even for kids. And one of them leads to a detailed instructions on how to plot lines on a coordinate plane. However, the real reason I won't be recommending it to my son is the language the girls use. There is ...more
Interesante pero me pareció que el autor se esforzó demasiado por sonar como adolescente y eso hizo que la narración fuera un tanto extraña. El misterio fue pintoresco y la inclusión de enigmas me gustó. Sin embargo no lo disfruté tanto como hubiese querido.
Melissa ONeal
I really wanted to like this book. I had passed it several times in the library and thought it looked interesting. While the plot is engaging, the language occasionally used really turned me off. At one point in the book, Sophie says that her parents once talked about "their first-times" over dinner with her friends. As a teacher, I cannot fathom recommending this to my upper elementary students, even the ones that are mature enough. Mild profanity is placed throughout as well, but does not add ...more
Who are the Red Blazer Girls and what is the ring of Rocamadour??? Well, they are a group of 7th grade girls attending a Catholic school in New York City. The ring is a very valuable artifact- the lost half of a set of wedding rings from ancient France- other half of which resides in the Metropolitan museum. The girls, whose uniform consists of a red blazer, of course, become involved in a search for the ring when Sophie sees a ghostly face in a building across the way during Mr. Eliot’s
Ian Wood
Dec 18, 2014 Ian Wood rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Note that I don't really do stars. To me a book is either worth reading or it isn't. I can't rate it three-
Jack Cheng
This is a fun book for middle schoolers. There are mild swear words and a subplot about crushes (no more than kisses happen, although another girl is described as overly flirtatious).

The reason I picked it out is because when I flipped through to see the puzzles, there were algebraic equations charted on graphs. Yes! Plus the Pythagorean Theorem is involved.

Sophie narrates this book about how she and her best friends Rebecca and Margaret (and new friend Leigh Ann) meet an eccentric woman who li
Maybe 2.5 stars, and this is primarily a reflection on the BOCD. The story was mostly enjoyable - decent plot, interesting puzzles / clues that the girls have to solve, realistic relationships. However, I'm not sure if it was the reader or the text, but Sophie especially comes off as way too snarky at times. Also, do 7th graders really drink that much coffee? (These kids don't act like the 7th graders in my family, although I will admit that my 3 are all boys and we don't live in NYC! They all h ...more
Chris Meads
Jun 29, 2014 Chris Meads rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade, mystery
This was a cute book. It is similar to those of Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys.

When one of the girls, Sophie (who is telling the story) sees a mysterious person in a window across from her classroom. Her best friend Margaret, along with Rebecca (Sophie's other friend, and Sophie go to investigate. They meet an lady who tells them about finding a note from her father addressed to her daughter. There is a surprise and the lady wants to find out and hopefully reconnect with her daughter.

The girls st
Brianna Doran
Jan 03, 2016 Brianna Doran rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes mystery.I recommend it, is because the main character Sophie and her two other friends are stuck trying to solve a difficult mystery.In the story Sophie sees a shadow in class during school and screams out loud.She then pointed out the window so everyone could see what it was but by the time they looked it was gone.Sophie's friends asked,"Why did u scream." Sophie said,"I saw a shadow out side the window and it was staring at me." Later that day t ...more
Maggie V
The first of a series, this book focuses on Sophie and Margaret and their quest to solve a 20+ year old mystery and find the Ring of Rocamadour. Although this book is mostly light (more so compared to other mysteries), these girls have depths and complicated lives. The mystery and clues also cover a range of subjects (math, literature, religion to name a few). At times Margaret seems too smart and knowledgeable for her age and Sophie seems a bit adult and mature but that doesn't diminish the boo ...more
Very Nancy Drew meets The Princess Diaries, but as I've always been a sucker for girls' mystery series a la Nancy and the Boxcar Children (to say nothing of The Princess Diaries), this book gave me a warm, fuzzy feeling.
Sep 09, 2014 Danica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I didn't appreciate the language and some of the content of this book. It's a children's book right? I know some kids may be raised like this, but I don't want my kids to start speaking like these girls.
Jamie Segno
The use of brainteasers and math puzzles creatively provided interaction with the book and shows teens when they might ever use this "school stuff."
Jan 08, 2014 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sophie and her friends become involved in a mystery involving the rather eccentric Ms Harriman, who lives next door to the parish church. Ms Harriman's father was a famous archaelogist who wrote a series of mysterious clues for his grandaughter, who is estranged from her mother Ms Harriman. So Sophie and friends set out to solve the clues.

The good bits - this is a fun to read mystery/school story. The girls are aged 12, and there's sub plots involving crushes on boys, family problems and school
Nov 26, 2015 J.D.Staton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a remarkable series of preteen/teen "detective" books that go far beyond conventional "Nancy Drew" or "Hardy Boys" books. This first in the series, teaches today's teens to view life in a broader, more sophisticated, and more educated way than was ever considered important, in the past. This group of good friends are both independent, competent, engaged individuals, with unique families, interests, and responsibilities, as well as, friends who can function well as duos, trios, and within ...more
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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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