The Symphony That Was Silent

The Symphony That Was Silent

by Steve Brezenoff, Marcos Calo

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James "Gum" Shoo and his friends thought their field trip to the symphony would be mystery-free. Think again!  See more details below


James "Gum" Shoo and his friends thought their field trip to the symphony would be mystery-free. Think again!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Annie Laura Smith
James Shoo, "Gum Shoo," and his sixth-grade music classmates solve a mystery of a stolen solid gold flute during a field trip. Their trip to the symphony is to hear the orchestra play the premiere of "The Third Symphony" by Beethoven. The symphony concert is halted when it is discovered that the priceless flute is gone. James determines that the rich man, who pretends to be a large symphony contributor, is really an international thief, Baron Hans von Beckert. James observes the man change hands with his cane, and change legs with his limp. A Table of Contents defines the scope of the story while graphic, cartoon-like illustrations supplement the text. James' "Gum" name comes from his constant chewing of gum. The term, gumshoe, is a slang expression for a detective, which James certainly becomes to solve this mystery. "A Detective's Dictionary" defines terms. Two pages of activities engage the readers in their own detective work. A section on "Rare Musical Instruments" discusses their value. The book is part of the "Field Trip Mysteries" series which include: The Cave That Shouldn't Collapse; The Ride That Was Really Haunted; and The Seals That Wouldn't Swim. Reviewer: Annie Laura Smith

Product Details

Capstone Press
Publication date:
Field Trip Mysteries Series
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Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.20(d)
470L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Steve Brezenoff is the author ofmore than fiftymiddle-grade chapter books, includingthe Field Trip Mysteries series, the Ravens Pass series of thrillers, and the Return to Titanic series. In his spare time, he enjoys video games, cycling, and cooking. Steve lives in Minneapolis with his wife, Beth, and their son and daughter.

Spanish-born Marcos Calo began his career working for various Spanish animation studios as a concept artist for CGI movies. During that time he also worked freelance doing illustration, commercial work, and occasionally comic books. Marcos usually works digitally, although he still likes to start his drawings on paper first. After wandering around different cities, he is finally settled in A Coruña, where his collection of comics and picture books is always growing.

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