Mona Lisa's Ghost

Mona Lisa's Ghost

by Nancy Kunhardt Lodge

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780996088565
Publisher: Wilwahren Press
Publication date: 11/01/2017
Series: Lucy Nightingale Adventure , #2
Pages: 218
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.46(d)
Age Range: 7 - 12 Years

About the Author

Nancy Kunhardt Lodge has a Master's degree and a Ph.D. in Renaissance Art History. She taught at Tufts, Boston, and American Universities. She has written scholarly articles and delivered papers at Renaissance conferences in Italy and the U.S., among them the Frick Collection of Art, the Corcoran Museum of Art, and the Smithsonian Resident Associates Program. She is a member of SCBWI, and the College Art Association. She has written two books in a series about Lucy Nightingale's dare devil adventures. Dr. Lodge is the granddaughter of Dorothy Kunhardt, author of the children's classic, Pat the Bunny. She lives in the West Newbury, MA. area with her husband and two Corgis, Wilbur and Charlotte.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Chapter Page


  1. Zoom Seizure! …………………………..….1

  2. Konference at Mistpouffer Castle …………13

  3. The Resplendent Quetzal ………………….31

  4. Spellbound ………………………………...44

  5. The Delusional Eleven Year-Old ………….57

  6. Tall Tale in the Low Crypt …………….…..64

  7. Melissa’s Plan …………………………..…76

  8. Roving Tentacles ……………………….…83

  9. The Rochester Cloak ………………..……..95

  10. The Empire of Death ……………………..105

  11. Broken Water Pipes and Runaway Bones .113

  12. The Firefly Wish ……………………..…..122

  13. Lucy’s Clogged Perception Lattices …..…131

  14. The 1516 Folio ………………………...…138

  15. The Orbital Bells …………………………150

  16. The Double Goer ……………………...….164

  17. Perfection ……………………………...…184

  18. The Painting Returned ………………...…206

  19. Lucy’s Rudder …………………………....220

  20. The Shock of Her Life …………………...226

  21. The Master Thief ……………………..…..235

  22. Case Closed ………………………………250


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Mona Lisa's Ghost 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa is missing from the Louvre. Sixth graders, Lucy Nightengale, and her genius friend, Sam Winter, investigate the heist by following a trail of clues starting with tiny letters painted inside Mona Lisa’s eye ball. Lucy is a fearless, wide-eyed hero, and Sam is the perfect sidekick, whose scientific knowledge and inventions render her peevish, all the while making it possible for her to achieve the impossible. Along the way, we learn interesting details about painting technique, about the young lady, Lisa Gherardini, who posed for the painting, the times in which she lived, about da Vinci’s life and why this painting changed the way artists did portraits from then on. This book educates the reader as well as inspires the imagination. On the surface it is a mystery/adventure, but as it unfolds, it also ventures into quantum physics, shape-shifting, futuristic technology, multiple dimensions, and the power of the mind. I applaud the author, Nancy Lodge, for crafting a story that would be a wonderful addition to any collection, and certainly a bonus to middle grade classrooms.
BookwormforKids More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in the Lucy Nightengale Adventure Series, and I read this one before grabbing the first. I would, however, recommending reading the first book first, since the events and characters in book two build off of the story in book one. Lucy and Sam have started up SLARP (Sam and Lucy's Anomalies Research Project) and hit their first 'case'. During a class discussion at school about the results of a scientific scan on the Mona Lisa, Lucy notices a chaotic, stormy, and purple swirl engulfing the background of the painting. And it makes her feel terrible. Sam explains that its a problem with the molecules within the painting, and the only way to save it is for Lucy to head to Paris and see what she can do. While there, Lucy runs into a classmate, who claims to be the reincarnation of the woman portrayed in the Mona Lisa, and she's determined to steal her painting back. Even Lucy isn't ready for the adventure which ensues after that. This is a fun book packed to the gills with adventure, imagination and even some wonderful art and history tidbits. With a bit of the feel of the relationship between James Bond and Q, Lucy and Sam head off to save the Mona Lisa from turning into a black hole. There's definitely a huge amount of fantasy thrown in with the action and scientific nods. A massive amount. Everything from shape-shifting monsters to aliens to time travel. . .and anything else the imagination allows. . .is tossed in. Oh, and we can't forget Lucy's mentor, the Wise One or a dog from another planet who loves to sit in a rocking chair. There are super-duper amazing gadgets created by Sam, all of which are top secret and could be stolen by some unknown evil group. . .if the group even exists. And Lucy has her own 'super power' of high frequency thought, which brings things into existence and gives her a direct, mental link to Sam in the most dire of circumstances. Sam, meanwhile, is a class all of his own, and while Lucy dives from one perilous situation into the next, he is off to some top-secret conference up north, which was founded by a Viking long ago. As said, there is a lot going on, which shoves at imaginations borders and ventures beyond. At times, it gets a little chaotic, some questions are left open or unexplained, and more science friendly readers will question a thing or two, but the tale is nothing if not fast-paced and provides an explosive ride. On top of all of this, art and history facts weave into the mystery and teach readers something along the way. In this book, the history behind the Mona Lisa as well as an introduction to Leonardo da Vinci flows amidst the fun. The author does a wonderful job at keeping the historic facts from becoming dry, while making sure some sit and won't be forgotten. It's an intriguing and clever mixture, which is sure to help kids gain a greater appreciation for art and the artists. Middle graders who love adventure, science fiction and whose fantasies know no limits are sure to enjoy this series. I received a complimentary copy and enjoyed it enough to want to leave my honest thoughts.