The Mystery of the Mosaic

The Mystery of the Mosaic

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442497214
Publisher: Little Simon
Publication date: 01/07/2014
Series: Greetings from Somewhere Series , #2
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 330,953
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.20(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: 580L (what's this?)
Age Range: 5 - 7 Years

About 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 including 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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