Cornelia and the Audacious Escapades of the Somerset Sisters

Cornelia and the Audacious Escapades of the Somerset Sisters

by Lesley M. M. Blume
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Cornelia and the Audacious Escapades of the Somerset Sisters by Lesley M. M. Blume

Eleven-year-old Cornelia is the daughter of two world-famous pianists—a legacy that should feel fabulous, but instead feels just plain lonely. She surrounds herself with dictionaries and other books to isolate herself from the outside world. But when a glamorous neighbor named Virginia Somerset moves next door with her servant Patel and a mischievous French bulldog named Mister Kinyatta, Cornelia discovers that the world is a much more exciting place than she had originally thought.

An unforgettable story of friendship and adventure that takes readers around the world and back again, Cornelia and the Audacious Escapades of the Somerset Sisters is a dazzling first novel by Lesley M. M. Blume.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780440421108
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 01/08/2008
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 248,419
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 7.69(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile: 650L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Lesley M. M. Blume worked as an off-air reporter and researcher for ABC News’ Nightline and has traveled extensively in Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. She lives in the labyrinthine West Village with her boyfriend and her black French bulldog.

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Cornelia and the Audacious Escapades of the Somerset Sisters 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 52 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Eleven year old Cornelia Street considers herself a wordsmith. She'd rather curl up with a good book than socialize with her classmates. At the end of the schoolday, she heads home to her apartment building in Greenwich Village, where members of the household staff await her - but where her mother rarely stays. Cornelia's parents are both world-famous pianists. Most people would envy that fame and that talent, but not Cornelia. She has no desire to play piano herself and wishes that her jet-setting mother were home more often. Her father is not in the picture Cornelia has never known him. Though she has every (material) thing she could need, Cornelia is lonely. That is, until new neighbors move in across the hall. Who would have thought that an elderly woman would become a little girl's best friend? The dazzling Virginia Somerset shares Cornelia's love for stories and big words. The self-proclaimed Scheherazade tells Cornelia amazing tales that star Virginia and her three sisters as they travel all over the world, meeting famous artists and leaders. Cornelia and the Audacious Escapades of the Somerset Sisters by Lesley M.M. Blume is absolutely adorable. What a delightful book! I loved the story-within-a-story format and the descriptive writing. I could almost see Virginia's eyes sparkle as she related her adventures to Cornelia. If it had been released fifteen years ago and I had found it at my local library, it would have become one of the titles checked it out and read repeatedly. Highly recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A wonderful book on many fronts - dealing with friendship, respect, loneliness and adventure. The Somerset sisters' 'escapades' are absolutely rollicking. Ms. Blume writes articulate, charming prose. This is a book that should (and I'm sure will be!) a great success, both immediately and in years to come.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cornelia And The Audacious Escapades Of The Somerset Sisters is a great book for all ages no matter if it's read by a parent or read alone it's a great book no matter what. It's also very educational because you learn about a lot of different places in the world for example Morocco,France and many other places. This book is also good for book clubs because it has a decent amount of pages and a good topic to talk about. I told my mom about part of the story and she thought it sounded like an interesting story. Well happy reading and enjoy the book!
BavarianPrincess More than 1 year ago
A friend of mine actually bought this book for me because my name is Cornelia. Although the target "audience" for this book are young readers, I have to say, I also thoroughly enjoyed the book even though I am a mature reader. This book will get readers interest in increasing their vocabulary, and also teach about different cultures, art history, etc. I highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In a world of friends and family, cornelia feels pretty neglected; she has a mom thats barely ever home and a dad she never even met. I am almost considering writing a letter to mrs. Blume to ask about a sequel. I got this book from my cousin who thought i would like it since i love to read. (It had a dog on the cover, i thought cornelia was a dog! Lol) I reccomend for all ages, for even though there is difficult vocab it kinda gives you the definition by using 'context clues', as my reading teacher would say.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so good (:
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The next book l buy will be this one its so cute i love the cover
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the best books i have ever read. The way the writer makes you feel like you are apart of the book is outstanting. I am a big reader and i would recomend this book to any one 9-12 yrs old. SO you have to buy this book!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was one of the best books i have ever read! It even made me cry at the end. Definately recomend and really hope there is a sequal!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received this book when I was eleven or so from my friend. This was her favorite book at the time, and I loved it as well. There is some very difficult vocabulary for younger readers which are sometimes explained and sometimes not, and even adults will be astonished at some of those weird words! An excellent book that I plan to share with my sister when she gets old enough.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVED THIS BOOK!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
WHAT I THINk is fascinating is virgina tells the story of the sommerset sisters of the place where Lucy traveld. Best book besides percy jackson 39 clues and harry potter.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I jonestly think it's the best nook I've ever read. It touched my heart, made me laugh, had beautiful details, strong storyline, and great vocabulary. I LOVE THIS BOOK! Worth the money, 100%!
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This book was one book to pick from at my school book fair. Nothing else seemd interesting and I love piano. As soon as I got into it I realized that this was not a book about piano at all. When I did finish the book it became one of my favorites! It is a touching and gripping story as well as a story of friendship that really will touch ANYONE'S heart.
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I loved this book!
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Lol i learned very hard vocabulary and some foreign language phrases :) i have this on paperback youll love this book
BookReader920713 More than 1 year ago
Great book for grades 5,6,7
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