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The Ring of Rocamadour by Michael D. Beil
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The Ring of Rocamadour

by Michael D. Beil

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Series: The Red Blazer Girls (1)

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An Edgar Allen Poe Award Nominee for best children's mystery. The first book in the series follows 4 Red Blazer girls from St. Veronica's school in NYC and their quest to solve a mystery. A very fun and fast read, with various references to other literature - specifically Dickens.
  Emily.Small | Feb 22, 2014 |
The Red Blazer Girls:The Ring of Rocamadour by Michael D. Beil (Children’s Fiction)
If you liked Nancy Drew books you’ll love these Red Blazer series. In the first book, ‘The Ring of Rocamadour’, Sophie sees a ghost at a window in the church beside the school. When she and her friends, Margaret and Rebecca, investigate they don’t find a ghost, but an old lady with a mystery for them to solve – but will it lead to treasure or into danger? ( )
  Leov | Jun 11, 2013 |
Cute middle grade mystery. I like that they let you work with them to solve the mysteries although I did glaze over the math parts. ( )
  matamgirl | Apr 3, 2013 |
Book talk: The mystery really starts with Sophie screaming in her seventh grade English class, and that was page one. Yes, the mystery really does get off to a great start that quickly. Sophie and her friends are not your ordinary seventh grade girls. They go to a private Catholic girls' school in New York City on the upper east side of Manhattan. These girls may all dress alike in their uniforms with the red blazers, but each brings something unique to the story. Margaret is über-brainy, and Rebecca is pretty quick with the wisecracks. Then there is the new girl, Leigh Ann. She's perfect, in every way, and she's probably after Raf, the guy that Sophie has known, like, forever, but whom she now seems to like in a different way . . . though she won't admit it. Then there is the mystery to solve, complete with a scavenger hunt that takes them all around the church in places they aren't supposed to be. You see, that scream led to Sophie meeting a wealthy, elderly lady trying to solve a 20-year-old puzzle. But there are other not-so-trustworthy people also trying to solve the puzzle. The Ring of Rocamadour is priceless; it's part of a pair of rings said to be a gift to a young couple centuries ago. In fact, the young couple's rings touched the famous veil used to wipe the face of Christ. the rings were passed down through the centuries, and those who wear the rings, it is said, are visited in their dreams by St. Veronica, who answers their prayers. The groom's ring was found in the ruins of a twelfth-century chapel near Rocamadour, France, and was donated to a museum. Sophie and her pals are looking for the missing Bride's ring. Could it be buried in the church? Could the clues really be from a long-lost birthday card? Read The Red Blazer Girls book one, and whatever you do, don't miss the catchy chapter titles. (They were some of my favorite parts of the book!) ( )
  lnommay | Dec 18, 2011 |
This is the first book in the RBG series. Here the Red Blazer Girls (Sophie, Margaret, Rebecca, Leigh Ann) try to find the priceless Ring of Rocamadour by solving academic puzzles and with the help of a few friends. The narrator is Sophie, who was pretty realistic but a little too smug and cutesy for me. However she no longer annoys me as much by the end of the book. The math/puzzle explanations were lecture-like so I just skimmed through those parts. I loved that the characters were well-rounded smart girls who lead interesting but balanced lives. I probably would have adored this book if I had read it when I was in the characters' age group (7th grade). As an adult I found it enjoyable despite a couple of boring math paragraphs. Near the end there is a scene about Margaret which was particularly touching. I am looking forward to reading the 2nd book in this series. ( )
  vivycakes | Jul 12, 2011 |
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Michael D. Beilprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Musselman, DanExecutive producersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Predko, LisaCover photossecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ricci, Tai AlexandraNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Runnette, SeanProducer & directorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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It all began with The Scream. And ended with . . . well, if we told you that, it wouldn’t be a mystery! But in between The Scream and The Very Surprising Ending, three friends find themselves on a scavenger hunt set up for a girl they never met, in search of a legendary ring reputed to grant wishes. Are these sleuths in school uniforms modern-day equivalents of Nancy, Harriet, or Scooby? Not really, they’re just three nice girls who decide to help out a weird lady, and end up hiding under tables, tackling word puzzles and geometry equations, and searching rather moldy storage rooms for “the stuff that dreams are made of” (that’s from an old detective movie). Oh, and there’s A Boy, who complicates things. As boys often do.

Intrigued? The Red Blazer Girls offers a fun, twisty adventure for those who love mystery, math (c’mon, admit it!), and a modest measure of mayhem.

Michael Beil, a New York City high school English teacher, makes his literary debut with this fun and brainy mystery.

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Catholic-schooled seventh-graders Sophie, Margaret, Rebecca, and Leigh Ann help an elderly neighbor solve a puzzle her father left for her estranged daughter twenty years ago.

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