The Sound of Munich (S.A.S.S. Series)

The Sound of Munich (S.A.S.S. Series)

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by Suzanne Nelson, Henderson Jeanine
     
 

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Siena Bernstein is leaving her yoga mat behind for a semester of study abroad in Munich. She’s thrilled with the prospect of a German adventure (her horoscope is encouraging as well), but she hopes to make more than just her dreams come true while she’s there. Siena’s dad, who passed away when she was a baby, kept a "Carpe Diem" list—sort of

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Siena Bernstein is leaving her yoga mat behind for a semester of study abroad in Munich. She’s thrilled with the prospect of a German adventure (her horoscope is encouraging as well), but she hopes to make more than just her dreams come true while she’s there. Siena’s dad, who passed away when she was a baby, kept a "Carpe Diem" list—sort of his top-ten adventurous things to do. He completed all but one of the tasks—going to Germany to thank the man who helped smuggle his family past the Berlin Wall. Amidst her adventures in biergartens, Alpine skiing, and a rigorous course load, Siena is on a quest to complete her father’s list. But she’s also set on having the best possible time while she tries. With the help of two new best buds and a handsome RA in her dorm, she’ll surely succeed.

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Stacy Distel Nishioka
Author Suzanne Nelson has created a light-hearted but surprisingly moving tale that proves to be a quick and light read. We first meet Siena Bernstein, self-proclaimed freespirited Californian, on her way to Munich, Germany. She is about to begin a semester abroad in the city of her ancestors. While our protagonist may be a bit flighty and carefree, this is not your typical spring break trip; Siena has a secret plan. She is determined to complete her deceased father's "Carpe Diem" list. Her only link to her father is this list, and the last item has yet to be fulfilled. Only in Germany can she complete this list and possibly find a link to her past, her future, and the father she has never known. This young adult novel is an easy read and, just like Siena, is sunny and fun. She is an interesting character, and readers will appreciate her kindness, her friendships, and her adventure. A no-frills read for young adults (girls) with a Meg Cabot-like feel.
School Library Journal
Gr 6-10-Siena's deceased father was an East German refugee. When the free-spirited 17-year-old American has a chance to study in Munich, she embraces the opportunity to try to do what he wanted to do himself: locate and thank the man responsible for his freedom. The task proves harder than she thought when his very common name, a demanding course load, a relationship with a "Eurohottie" resident adviser, and a considerable language barrier threaten to impede her progress. Yet, with two new friends to keep her in check, Siena's faith in good karma finally pays off, and she meets her objective. Emotion-filled trips to Dachau and the Berlin Wall help her understand that "some things are worth taking a chance for" (e.g., liberty, morality, and justice). Siena makes lasting friendships, enjoys a little romance, and finds a missing part of herself. With likable characters and a plot that is as straightforward as it is swift, this installment will please fans of the series.-Erin Senig-Schirota, Bronxville Public Library, NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142405765
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
03/02/2006
Series:
S.A.S.S. Series
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.24(h) x 0.61(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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The Sound of Munich (S.A.S.S. Series #5) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The Sound of Munich was a very inspiring book. It was touching to me how one girl can be so determined to live her father's dream of thanking the man that helped them across the berlin wall. In the process, she meets new friends and discovers her german family's past. Though her Dad has died she is determined to make him happy, from wherever else he is. With some drama romance and adventure stuffed in between, this book is in my opinion the best S.A.S.S. book so far. The only part of this book that I had a problem with was the slow beginning then fast middle and end. It seemed like the beginning would never end, it probably went on for like 50 pages, then once it got to the middle and end, the best parts, it's like the author went into fast forward mode, even though some of the parts could have really used some better explanation and detail. If the middle and end were streched out some more, I believe that this book could definately be a very popular book with teens who don't like reading much, seeing as though it is shorter and has some culture and fun in it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This such a good book, but it a bit slow in the beginning, either way excellent book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book, to me, started off a little slow, but after the 1st couple chapters,i couldnt stop!
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I read the book, it was absolutely wonderful. My mom is 100% German so it fun to read about her culture. However, when I asked her about some of the German phrases in the book, she said that they were incorrect. The story though, I think I could read it 1,000 times and would still love it. I recommend this book to everyone who looks at this review. :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm learning about the Berlin Wall in school and was so thrilled to read this book about a girl searching to thank the person who helped her family escape. I also enjoyed the romance that went on. It was a great great great book. Please read it!!!!!!!!!!!!