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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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Ivonne Rovira
Jul 04, 2016 Ivonne Rovira rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The fabulous foursome formed in The Ring of Rocamadour return in the second book in The Red Blazer Girls mystery series. This time two mysteries occupy the seventh-graders of St. Veronica’s Catholic School on East 68th Street in Manhattan. The first is the question of who is sneaking into the school after hours to clean up, paint, and beautify the school — a matter that is driving the school’s stern principal, Sister Bernadette, crazy! The second mystery involves a costly violin stolen from Carn ...more
May 01, 2014 Susan rated it liked it
Shelves: audio, juvenile, 2014
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
Jul 30, 2012 Linda rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 05, 2012 Kristen rated it liked it
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
Oct 28, 2011 Heidi rated it it was ok
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
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
Después de haber leído este libro, solo puedo confirmar mis sospechas: la traducción es terrible! Hay palabras que en inglés pueden sonar bien, pero la traducción carece de sentido, y esto hace que el lenguaje sea demasiado forzado.
No obstante, el misterio fue mejor que en el primer libro y un poco más entretenido, aunque me sigue molestando el lenguaje de los personajes; pues a veces suenan como adolescentes de diez años y otros, como adolescentes de 50.
Aug 28, 2015 Jaci rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Este libro fue más misterioso que el primero y me gustó.
El misterio es increible que me tuvo atrapada hasta el final.
Al terminar, te da los datos para resolver el caso. Eso fue un punto a favor para el libro.
Es muy facil de leer, ligero y rápido
Me encantaria leer toda la serie, pero aun no estan traducidos al español.
Apr 04, 2016 Sarah rated it really liked it
I like the red blazer girls and how they make being smart cool for girls. But, I often find the dialogue inauthentic. These girls are 12 years old and I often forget that until reminded. I'm starting to see a pattern in these books as well. We are introduced to all the characters and someone it isn't an outside force that is causing the chaos. I know I am not the target audience for these books, and possible a middle grade girl wouldn't notice the things an adult does.
Apr 06, 2012 Nan rated it really liked it
Shelves: child-literature
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.
Dec 04, 2015 J.D.Staton rated it really liked it
The pacing on this edition of this engaging "detective series" seemed slower and harder to stay involved with, as compared to the first book in the series. In large part, I believe this has much to do with the much lower level of educational concepts and historical data incorporated in the second book. The whole band formation was the most boring and unrealistic aspect to the story, as no group goes from playing "Mary Has A Little Lamb" to any form of public presentation, within a couple of week ...more
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
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
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
Sep 01, 2010 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  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
Sep 09, 2015 Haxel rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-the-kids
Fun book-on-CD for car rides. Plot-twisting whodunnit. They are in middle school and there are some mean girls and boy subplots, and also good friendships and can-do girl attitude that seemed right up our 10-year-old girl's alley. Sort of walks the line nicely between interesting-enough-for-adults and not-too-much-drama-for-a-gradeschooler.
Sandra Stiles
Oct 31, 2010 Sandra Stiles rated it it was amazing

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
Sep 25, 2015 Tricia rated it liked it
I enjoyed the story more than the first one - perhaps because the 'mystery' they are solving is more believable. And Sophie comes off a little less snarky. However, the audiobook treatment suffers from the same problems as before - hard to tell asides from conversation, and clues that need to be seen instead of heard.
April Lashbrook
Nov 30, 2014 April Lashbrook rated it liked it
This was an OK YA mystery for a long car ride with my 11 year old, if somewhat unrealistic. The puzzles were intriguing, but I could have done without the boy-craziness and how much the 12-year old girls roam around NYC. She will probably read the rest of the series without me.
May 15, 2014 Sps rated it liked it
Shelves: middle, mystery, kindle
Michael D. Beil writes some pretty awesome pre-teen girl voices. For fans of Lauren Myracle or Peter Abrahams.
Mar 21, 2011 Books4m rated it it was amazing
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
A solid 3.5 stars from this reader. This was another fun little mystery from the Blazer Girls. Interesting clues to work out along with the gang make this enjoyable. There's no way that any 7th grader could figure out these mysteries but they are still enjoyable light, escape reads.
Jun 02, 2011 Brett rated it really liked it
Shelves: juvenile-mystery
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
Apr 07, 2015 Child960801 rated it really liked it
Shelves: novels
Another fun little mystery with math puzzles and clues that one can solve one's self and with a logical reason for them to be there.
Mar 19, 2013 Kate rated it it was ok
Shelves: middle-grade, mystery
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
Jan 17, 2011 Kirsten Murphy rated it really liked it
Shelves: 7th-12th-grade
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.
Mar 15, 2014 Abby rated it liked it
It was not the best of the series but it was still very intriguing and hillarious!
Mar 02, 2011 Rebecca rated it really liked it
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
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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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The Red Blazer Girls (4 books)
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