The Vanishing Violin (The Red Blazer Girls, #2)
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The Vanishing Violin (The Red Blazer Girls #2)

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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...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published August 10th 2010 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published 2010)
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Susan
Another fun puzzle mystery, this one featuring a locked-room mystery and an older theft, which follows yet another paper trail with all sorts of enigmas to solve along the way to get the next clue.

While this entry was fun to listen to, I felt there was too much young-girl talk about stuff, which is fine as these stories are geared to that audience, but for me, I could have passed on these parts.

I'll probably take a small break from listening to another one at this time, but I hasten to say that...more
Kristen
For the most part, I enjoyed this book. I felt it was well written, had interesting puzzles, and was fast paced enough to keep me interested.

My typical read is fantasy, all age ranges, so this was a bit of a departure for me.

To be frank, however, I would prefer my 12 year old daughter not read this book, nor the first, and I won't be recommending them to her. I felt that the behavior of the characters was inappropriate for their ages. Children so frequently imitate what they see in popular cult...more
Nan
Fun book, loved the narrator. Another good story with clues and puzzles. Love the connections with quality literature, as clues, but doubt many of the kids will absorb the literature connections. Seem to be good, yet realistic, role models.
Shannon
BEIL, Michael D. The Vanishing Violin. 336p. (The Red Blazer Girls Series). CIP. Knopf/Borzoi. 2010. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-375-86103-1; PLB $19.99. ISBN 978-0-375-96103-8. LC 2009023984.

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...more
Linda
This is the second title in the Red Blazer Girls series- 4 young girl sleuths who attend school in New York City. I love this series! Again, this book has clues, this time mostly of the cipher-type, which lead the girls through the mystery to the conclusion. They solve the entire mystery by the clues mysteriously given to them. When I neared the end I thought that I was going to be terribly disappointed when I saw where it was going but no, the author pulled it off and it turned out to have a fa...more
Elizabeth
The Red Blazer girls are back and better than ever as they tackle their next mystery or should I say mysteries. They find themselves deciphering clues about a violin, investigating an anonymous do-gooder fixing things up around their school, and in the middle of all that a valuable violin vanishes. What else can a Red Blazer girl do, but form a band and seek revenge on a nasty fellow student.

I had a long break in the middle of this audio book because first I downloaded it through Overdrive, but...more
Krista (CubicleBlindness Reviews)
Another fantastic adventure of the Red Blazer Girls (given their name from the red blazers they wear for school) This time I listened to the audio book. But I have to say I did not

enjoy the audiobook as much as I did reading the physical book of the Ring of Rocomadour.

While the narrator seemed ok and portrayed the girls well, I found some of her accents a little forced for some characters and a little over-done. But the girls' fantastic attitudes and humor still came through perfectly.

The main...more
Heidi
Oct 28, 2011 Heidi rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: mg
It was a pretty cute story, and fun for kids who like to mess around with codes and puzzles. There was some good suspense and plot twists. My issues were that I don't think 12-year-olds should be dating and kissing, there was a little too much OMG, and mixed messages about revenge and meanness. On the one hand, the major plot element of the vanishing violin ended with a reprimand to the robber not to live her life seeking revenge but to get on with her life and be grateful for what she had. On t...more
Sarah
Sep 01, 2010 Sarah rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: grades 6-8
Recommended to Sarah by: sequel
This is the second book in the Red Blazer Girl series. I listened to the first book and surprisingly enjoyed it (I normally don't like mysteries). I think a lot of it had to do with the reader of the book on cd being very good. So, when book two came out, I thought I'd give it a try.

There's nothing wrong with the story or anything like that; maybe my heart wasn't wholly into listening to another mystery or something...but I found my mind wandering during the story--not so much that I wasn't foll...more
Gabs
The Red Blazer Girls series is #2 on my mental 'funniest series ever' list; second only to Diary of a Wimpy Kid. If you read this series, I can assure you you'll be giggling at least once. The Vanishing Violin was not quite as funny as the first book, but it was very close. And there was an awesome revenge plot in this book-BWAHAHAHAHA!

I really got to know Leigh Ann much better in this book. That goes for all the girls, really. There is also a new character, Mbingo. Who doesn't love a name like...more
Sandra Stiles

This was a great book. I had the privilege of reading a great tween detective book that was full of puzzles. I found myself stopping to try them out. This is something I believe most students will really enjoy. I was well written and kept me turning pages. This is the second book in the Blazer Girls series. In this book the girls have already solved one mystery and have formed a detective agency. Their next case involves finding out who has broken into their school and is "fixing" things. Little...more
Sps
Michael D. Beil writes some pretty awesome pre-teen girl voices. For fans of Lauren Myracle or Peter Abrahams.
Books4m
There are not enough fun words to describe how much I enjoy these books! Who knew that following around middle school girls could be this much fun. The Red Blazer Girls are non stop witty, told from the perspective of Sophie St. Pierre whom you cant help but love the books follow the adventures of four catholic schoolgirls solving crimes in their neighborhood. Don't be fooled these clues are a little hard and definitely cause you to think your way through each page. The pure enjoyment is wrapped...more
Brett
A fantastic read! Along with Sammy Keyes, the Red Blazer Girls are my absolute favorite tweenage mystery-solvers. Sophie, Becca, Margaret, & Leigh Ann are at it again, this time helping their principal solve the mystery of who is breaking in & doing cleaning & repair work on the school at night before getting entangled in a real whiz-banger involving a very valuable violin stolen from Carnegie Hall in 1959. The clues continue to be real puzzlers - literally - just like the last outin...more
Kate
Much more predictable story than The Ring of Rocamadour (I had the violin thief's identity figured out about halfway through the book), but the puzzles in this one were more challenging. I like that the girls' social circle continues to expand, allowing readers to get to know more characters. Despite the predictability of this book (and it likely would not be predictable to a target-aged reader), I think the Red Blazer Girls series is one of the better middle-grade mystery serials available righ...more
Stephanie Mohler
This series is wearing on me. These are the most mature 12 year olds in the world. They are also given a lot of freedom to roam around NYC by themselves. The series is still full of smart girls who aren't afraid of anything- but the books are starting to annoy me.
Kirsten Murphy
The 2nd book in The Red Blazer Girls series by Michael D. Beil was just as fun as the first book! The characters are involved in solving several mysteries at the same time and with a variety of clues to follow, and puzzles to solve, this Fantastic Four has a lot to do while still getting all their homework done! A fun read for those who love a good mystery.
Abby
It was not the best of the series but it was still very intriguing and hillarious!
Rebecca
I like this series a lot--like the Winston Breen series it combines puzzles and mysteries without murders. I prefer the characters in this series, though--they're all well-defined and interesting and sympathetic, and not above a little bit of ingenious and ethically shaky (though very satisfying and well-deserved) revenge on a distinctly unethical classmate. I also liked the mystery in this one, which was cleverly solved. Overall, this is not a new Nancy Drew, but it is a mystery series appropri...more
Bayla
Buzzwords: Puzzles, Catholic school, Music (violin, band), Friendship

A fun continuation to the series - the Red Blazer Girls have gained some local notoriety, and have decided to continue solving mysteries, with Margaret still as the brains, but the others chipping in. Sophie is still the voice of the story, and she's a great POV character because she knows just enough to be dangerous, as they say, and she is involved in everything, but Margaret got center stage a lot in this book, as did Leigh...more
Heather
Very enjoyable. Since reading the last book, I forgot these girls were all 12. I was picturing them as 14 or so until Sophie mentioned to Raf that he was only 12. (Double take!) Frankly, they seem like a pretty mature 12, but I don't really mind. I think this one ought to appeal to older elementary and middle school girls who like a bit of mystery. The puzzles and ciphers are great fun, too. I look forward to future adventures of the Red Blazer Girls.
Jill
I listened to this one and the combination of the writing and the actress who read it made some of this really "teen-y" which I think tweens would like, but made me want to cry. But beside that, the story was fun, although I did find myself wondering at times why these 12-almost-13 year old girls would be able to run around NY City unsuperviesed as much as they did. Still, not something a kid who was reading this would probably think about.
Owen
Another fun adventure with the Red Blazer girls. This book is probably targeted for girls 10 - 14. I'm an adult and liked the adventure too. Teenage girls will probalby like these books more than teenage boys - sort of like Nancy Drew mysteries from the past. The combination of puzzle solving and mystery solving is nice. The puzzles in this story focus on different codes and ciphers. A good, light, fun read.
Marianne D. Wallace
A fun, light and sweet adventure with girls wearing the red blazers of their private school and solving mysteries. And written by a guy! How about that...

The tension was just right, the bad guys never too malevolent and most of the adults were kind and helpful. As a usual YA reader, sometimes I need to read middle-grade to get back my faith in the goodness of the world.

Sandy
4 girls in middle school at a new york private catholic school solve crimes and live their lives,they are all a genius at something and lots of math and literature references are needed for them to solve clues. They also form a band. Like this alot, although the first one in the series called red blazer girls should be read first and is a little better and more true to life.
Emmet O'Neal Library- Children's Department
The second book in the Red Blazer Girls series. This time the mystery comes to them when someone breaks into their school and steals a valuable violin. Not only do they have follow the cryptic clues to find the culprit, but are dealing with first loves, homework and parents. Only be trusting each other will they be able to find the answers they are looking for.
Jen Mech
I liked the puzzles better in this second novel, and it was a good read. However, I still thought this book paled in comparison to the first book, and there was a bit of unbelievability when it came to Margaret figuring out HOW the violin was stolen. But, if I were in the recommended age range for this novel, maybe it wouldn't have bothered me. :-D
Elizabeth
I love these books. They have a good mystery, the narrator is a lot of fun, and there is a good mix of friendship, school and young teen drama (boys!). Plus you can solve a lot of the puzzles along with the girls. It's not too dense and dark a mystery, nor is it too fluffy. Any girl that loves humor and mysteries should get a kick out of this.
RHL Staff
This was suck a great book! I am not usually a mystery person but this was cute story that really explained how they solved each clue. The characters were diverse without feeling like an after school special about diversity. The ending brought in a historical aspect that really made it a perfect ending. Highly recommended for girls in grades 3-7.
Angela
I'm pleased to say that this sequel was just as winning as the first in the Red Blazer Girls Series. The characters and the tween voice is so well done! The perfection of the narrator Tai Alexander Ricci is just the cherry on the sundae! Breezy, witty, sassy, and intelligent, these books are a great read and a perfect listen.
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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...more
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