The Mystery of the Mosaic

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After arriving in Venice, Ethan and Ella embark on a high-speed gondola chase in the second book of this chapter book series about mystery, travel, and adventure.

When Ethan and Ella first land in Venice, they are in awe of all the canals and tiny little streets. They’re especially excited to look for a five-hundred-year-old-mosaic near Calle Farnese that Grandpa Harry tells them about. While the twins are out getting gelato later that day, ...

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Overview

After arriving in Venice, Ethan and Ella embark on a high-speed gondola chase in the second book of this chapter book series about mystery, travel, and adventure.

When Ethan and Ella first land in Venice, they are in awe of all the canals and tiny little streets. They’re especially excited to look for a five-hundred-year-old-mosaic near Calle Farnese that Grandpa Harry tells them about. While the twins are out getting gelato later that day, they notice someone looking around suspiciously as he unties a gondola from a dock.

The next morning, the twins hear two gondoliers arguing, one of them accusing the other of stealing his most beautiful boat. The gondolier begs Ethan and Ella to help him find the boat. They agree, and also tell the man they need to get to Calle Farnese. Will the twins be able to find the stolen gondola and their Grandpa’s favorite mosaic...before dinner?

With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Greetings from Somewhere chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.

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Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
The twins and their parents explore Venice in this second book in the travel series. They soon come to love the floating city with canals in place of roads and gondolas instead of buses. When their Grandpa Harry sends them an email with clues for finding a beautiful mosaic, they know they have to find it. In the meantime, they observe a guilty-looking man take off with a gondola. They have two mysteries to solve. First, they report what they know of the theft to the gondola's owner and help him retrieve his boat. Next, the grateful gondolier takes them to the street mentioned in Grandpa's message and they find the mosaic. This beginning chapter book has easy-to-read text accompanied by numerous black and white illustrations. Unfortunately, it appears that the artist and layout staff did not read the text carefully. The first mention of the cat that appears throughout the story clearly states that it is wearing a leather collar with a silver bell on it. No collar, nor any bell appear on the cat in the illustrations. Also, several pictured scenes appear on pages previous to their mention in the story. The lack of attention to such details may prove confusing for some beginning readers. Part of the "Greetings from Somewhere" series. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442497214
  • Publisher: Little Simon
  • Publication date: 1/7/2014
  • Series: Greetings from Somewhere Series , #2
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 151,543
  • Age range: 5 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: 580L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Harper Paris loves to travel. Her favorite cities in the world are Paris (like her name!) and New York City. She has collected many souvenirs on her travels, including a good-luck coin from Japan and a reindeer-horn pendant from Sweden. She also loves mysteries. When she was a kid, she read Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew books after bedtime with a flashlight. She now lives with her family (including two cats and a bunny, who are not good travelers) in Ithaca, New York.

Marcos Calo has worked as a professional artist for more than fourteen years. He has worked in different fields: illustration, animation, and comic books. He lives with his wife and daughter in A Coruña, a small Spanish town by the seaside.

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The Mystery of the Mosaic


  • Ella Briar and her twin brother, Ethan, had never been to Venice, Italy, before. They’d never been to a floating city, either!

Venice was made up of a bunch of tiny islands connected by canals and bridges. The canals were like streets, except filled with water. So some people were using boats to get around, and others were walking over the bridges from one little street to another!

The Briar family had traveled by water taxi from the airport. The sleek motorboat pulled up to a cream-colored building with lots of balconies.

“Here’s our hotel!” the twins’ mother, Josephine Briar, said brightly.

Their dad, Andrew, pushed his glasses up on his nose and pointed to his guidebook. “It says here that the Pensione Mistero is one of the oldest hotels in Venice.”

“Is it older than you guys?” Ella asked with a sneaky smile.

Mr. Briar laughed. “I should hope so. It was built more than eight hundred years ago.”

The four of them stepped out of the boat with their suitcases. Pink, yellow, and pale green buildings lined both sides of the canal. Pretty flowers and vines filled the window boxes. There were no cars or bicycles on the cobblestone streets, only people walking.

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