Solomon Snow and the Stolen Jewel

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Solomon Snow and his stalwart friends return in a second mock-Victorian extravaganza!

In their second adventure, the intrepid trio becomes ensnared in a plot to steal a priceless ruby. But what do a stubborn donkey, a shady dwarf, and Mr. Skippy the rabbit have to do with it all?

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Solomon Snow and his stalwart friends return in a second mock-Victorian extravaganza!

In their second adventure, the intrepid trio becomes ensnared in a plot to steal a priceless ruby. But what do a stubborn donkey, a shady dwarf, and Mr. Skippy the rabbit have to do with it all?

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sylvia Firth
Fans of Lemony Snicket are sure to enjoy this new tale of young Solomon who is known to all as Solly. He is very upset because his foster parents have spent all the reward money he was given after solving the problem in his first case, "Solomon Snow and the Silver Spoon." This time Solly, Prudence, and Prodigy become entangled with the evil Dr. Calamari. He collects gemstones and is determined to acquire, by whatever means are necessary, the Firestone of Toj, which is said to be the largest ruby in the world. Calamari hires a dwarf named Short to steal the ruby from the museum where it is on public display. Of course, Solly and his friends cannot let this awful deed go unpunished. They go in pursuit of Short and the ruby. They are resolved to capture him and return the famed ruby to the museum. This lively and fast paced fantasy is sure to please boys or girls in search of adventure.
School Library Journal

Gr 3-6
The gang from Solomon Snow and the Silver Spoon (Candlewick, 2005) returns for a second adventure. Solly is determined to help his best friend, Prudence, break her father out of jail. As they travel by donkey cart to Seaport, where the man awaits deportation, their story becomes entwined with two others: one dealing with the Infant Prodigy (a syrupy-sweet yet hard-as-nails circus performer from the first book), her pet bunny, and a corrupt dwarf; and the other describing an evil doctor, his not-too-smart manservant, and a stolen ruby. Somehow, as long as readers are able to suspend all logic, all three plots merge at the end in a neat, but not totally predicable, way. Fans of Lemony Snicket will enjoy this fast-paced read, as long as they are willing to sacrifice any character development whatsoever for some Victorian-tinted atmosphere and humor. Reluctant readers might find the short chapters, silly comedy, and simple characters attractive. Although events in the first book are referred to, this volume stands alone.
—Carly B. WiskoffCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
This pseudo-Dickensian sequel to The Silver Spoon of Solomon Snow (2005, re-titled in 2007), takes Solly, Prudence and the Infant Prodigy on a quest to rescue Prudence's poacher father from the County Jail. Though Solly wants to help, Prudence is the brains of the outfit; when she's not plotting her father's rescue, she's reading detective novels and ignoring the illiterate Solly. But when the would-be rescuers are caught up in a jewel theft, they'll need all their resources to save Prudence's father and themselves. The Infant Prodigy has run away from the circus, and unbeknownst to her, is carrying the stolen (and cursed) jewel in her plush bunny. Quietly madcap adventures ensue, in which the trio is pursued by a homicidal dwarf, the evil Dr. Calamari and Mr. Skippy, the spurned rabbit. Though the Prodigy's over-the-top baby talk is sometimes too nauseatingly cloying to bear, this farce is quirky and fun. (Fiction. 8-11)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763627935
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 3/13/2007
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 980,422
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Kaye Umansky has written many delightful and humorous books for young readers. She lives in London.

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The Private Journal of Dr. CaLamari


In which the Intelligent Reader is offered an unprecedented glimpse into the workings of a criminal mind.

I approached the case - and stopped. And looked. And saw -

The Firestone of Toj.

And from the moment I set eyes on it, I knew, without any shadow of doubt, that it must be mine.

How shall I describe it? Big. Big as a seagull's egg. And red. Redder than the reddest red in a world of really, really red things.

I pride myself that I didn't display a flicker of emotion. I even made out that I was unimpressed. That I'd seen bigger, better, redder rubies, and I didn't know what all the fuss was about. Then I left, pretending that I had other, more important things to do.

My subsequent, undercover visits to the museum have been most useful. Muffled in a large cape and wearing a blond mustache, I have mingled with the crowds and studied the whole thing from every aspect. I know it can be done. It is a bold scheme, but clever - very clever, though I say so myself. Oh, yes. Nothing has been overlooked. All I now need is:

1. Nerves of steel
2. Icy determination
3. A clear, cool head
4. A bent* dwarf

*By "bent," I am referring to villainy. Not physically hunched. Although, of course, he must be flexible.

I already possess excellent nerves and am certainly determined. I am working on the clear, cool head, but sometimes, I confess, I find it hard to contain my excitement when so much is at stake.

Oh, how I want the Firestone of Toj! Its rightful place is here, in my Cabinet, among my other trophies, shining for my eyes only! And why not? I am the world's expert, am I not? I've got the degrees and everything. Only I can appreciate its matchless beauty! I want it, I want it, I -

Must pause here. Am drooling and have gone all dizzy.

Opened the window. Better now. To continue.

Obtaining the dwarf is proving tricky. For the past week, Gross has been out trolling the countryside, but no luck so far. I have told him to haunt low dives, rough taverns, jailhouses, circuses. The sorts of places where bent dwarfs might gather. You would think the world would be awash with the little fellows, but apparently not.

It would be quicker to do it myself. But I can't. I must step back in this affair. I have my reputation to consider. I can't afford a whiff of scandal. I shall be the mastermind in the shadows. Then, if things go wrong, I can deny everything and let Gross take the blame. Besides, traveling around the countryside on a dwarf hunt in this weather holds little appeal.

Anyway, Gross had better come up with the goods soon. In a matter of days, the exhibition will close, the Firestone will return to Egypt, and we will have missed our chance. . . .

No. I must not think that way. That way lies madness. I will stay positive. I am confident that Gross will come shuffling in at any minute, armed with a dwarf short list.

Meanwhile, all I do now is wait.


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