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From the Hardcover edition.
Melodramatic Sophia St. Pierre, über-brainy Margaret Wrobel, and wisecracking Rebecca Chen are seventh graders at a Manhattan Catholic school. While sitting in her English class, Sophie spies someone in a window of the church next door, and she seems to be asking for help. The woman turns out to be a wealthy, elderly hippie who is trying to solve a 20-year-old puzzle. From that moment, these friends are embroiled in a mystery to find an ancient artifact, return it to its proper owner, and bring the villain to justice. The bright main characters have distinctive voices and unique personalities. Sophie is a witty narrator, whose asides, while sometimes distracting, are often as amusing as the long chapter titles. Along with sleuthing in the church, the girls are dealing with family and friend issues and first loves and preparing a Dickensian school skit. They get caught up in the engaging mystery, temporarily fall prey to misconceptions/misunderstandings, and proudly work out the teasing clues to find the treasure. This is a PG Da Vinci Code (Doubleday, 2003) clearly authored by a teacher (plenty of literary name-dropping) with a neat ending that is not immediately predictable. It's a clever way to combine some middle school math (graphs and grids included) with a fun mystery, great friends, and a bit of romance.-Danielle Serra, Cliffside Park Public Library, NJ
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Posted July 3, 2011
One day in class like any other day, Sophie looks out the window at school and thinks she sees a ghost in the window of the building next door and screams. She and her friends decide that during lunch they are going to investigate. They end up sneaking through the church and "breaking in" to the upper floors which connect the church to the adjacent building where the old Ms. Harriman resides. Ms Harriman of course finds them snooping and befriends them. Eventually Ms Harriman decides to send these girls on a quest to find a missing birthday present that her father and meant to pass on to her daughter before he passed. But sadly the first note with the clues on how to find the present had been stored in a book and left for 20 years. As the girls solve one clue it leads them to another clue.
What I loved about this story is that the girls are hilarious. I found myself very amused with the dialogue and their reactions. They had me laughing in every chapter.
The thing I found different in this book than others that are similar, is the way the clues are handled. The girls have to solve several types of problems, English, Math, etc. But the way that the book is written the girls explain the problems as they work through them. I of course would not have figured out these things on my own if I had to, but they all were very logical and interesting. I felt very accomplished when I found the answer to one of the clues before they did, then there was a twist I didn't see coming adding to my enjoyment of the puzzle. I was amazed the girls could figure out the very educational clues and seemed very advanced for their ages. (7th grade).
I learned as I read and not only that, I found out new things that I want to continue exploring. For example I think I found a brand new interest in reading the classics, especially Dickens. There was even a chapter or two with math equations and you HAD to work out the problem to continue reading. (you will not be graded of course) and they walk you through the answer in the next chapter. With graphs as well as verbal explanations.
I highly recommend these books, fantastic reads, very entertaining and enjoyable. I felt like I was one of their group and on a fantastic treasure hunt working through the clues along with them.
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Posted December 31, 2011
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Posted March 20, 2014
Not only is the plot amazing, but the way the author writes really enhances the beauty of the book. The characters are all so funny. I hope the author keeps writing these because if he does I will certainly keep reading.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted September 6, 2013
Great book. About four seventh grade girls from an all giirls catholic school solving mysreries around new york city. Deviently for the mystery and code-crackers, but really a GREAT book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted December 22, 2012
This book is really good. I love the humor and the things they talk about. Sometimes they curse in the book, as they do often. Also some of the math in the book is hard to understand. I skipped through the math a little. But the book is still really good.
Posted September 9, 2012
Great adventure mystery series. Author has a great concept here and keeps the story interesting from the beginning through to the end. I also like that he never dumbs down or condescends to the reader (unlike many other YA or children's writers). This book also has a good plot and coherent story, again unlike all too many recent books.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted June 7, 2012
Um, well I got the book from the librairy and i think its thefirst but I'mnot shure if YOU know then please wright an review oh the book is good os far P,S I'm only two pages in os i can't garenty eney thing
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Posted April 12, 2011
This book was very well written. It is fresh and modern but, as a young catholic teen the young women. (even the intelligent) were using God's name in vain. That is a serious breaking of the commandments and a missed throw for the author. Very dissapointed that someone can offend a holy person and a religion like that. But don' t be fooled it is a dazzling book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 29, 2011
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The Red Blazer Girls is a fantastic, interesting mystery! The characters are spunky, funny, and entertaining. I especially enjoyed the clues and search for the ring. I am impressed at how the author integrated math clues into the story. Highly recommended for middle grade readers who enjoy Nancy Drew, Sammy Keyes, and Kari and Lucas mysteries.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 18, 2009
So, Mr. Beil was my English teacher and I never even thought he had this in him!!! The Red Blazor girls was a great book and i think anyone who reads it will get hooked, just like i did!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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