Marley Z and the Bloodstained Violin

Marley Z and the Bloodstained Violin

by Jim Fusilli
     
 

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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

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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 the Metropolitan Museum, to stately doormen buildings, to a violin teacher’s artsy brownstone, to her favorite neighborhood Italian restaurant.
Suspects and motives appear and vanish, but intrepid Marley won’t stop until she has the right answers. Smart, quick, and lively, this book introduces a great new detective and the city she loves.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 5-9

Fusilli combines his knowledge of music, love of New York City, and respect and ear for precocious teenagers into a fast-paced mystery. Marley Zimmerman, 14, is jolted from a daydream in her boring math class when she and her friend Marisol are summoned to the vice principal's office. Marisol is accused of stealing a rare violin from a Juilliard display. Even though the theft is caught on videotape, Marisol denies all knowledge of it, and Marley is convinced that her friend, a talented violinist, would never take such a rare instrument. Soon Marley and her friends, members of a new and mostly unrehearsed band called the Kingston Cowboys, are on the case. The teens move across a New York City backdrop that incorporates locales such as the Zimmermans' brownstone, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Central Park, hunting clues and gathering suspects. Unshakable in her conviction of Marisol's innocence, intrepid Marley employs all of her abilities and resources to save her friend. Marley is a fully drawn character, and the supporting cast members are developed well enough to make them compelling and interesting. This mystery keeps pages turning to its surprise ending.-Kathryn Kosiorek, formerly at Cuyahoga County Public Library, Brooklyn, OH

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781440633256
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
06/12/2008
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
208
File size:
219 KB
Age Range:
10 Years

Meet the Author

Jim Fusilli is an acclaimed mystery writer who covers music for the Wall Street Journal. This is his first book for young readers. He lives in Boston.

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