April 2009 Indie Next List
“Sophie and her friends must use cunning, luck, and an awful lot of math to figure out the puzzles that will lead them to the next clue in a decades-old scavenger hunt and enable them to find a priceless artifact -- before anyone else does, of course. This is, I hope, the start of many adventures with The Red Blazer Girls.”
— Melissa Posten, Children's Book World, Haverford, PA
The perfect series for kids who loved THE LEMONADE WAR series and are ready for more mysteries
Edgar Award Nominee for Best Mystery
"With wit, cunning, snappy dialogue and superior math skills, "The Red Blazer Girls"represent the best of girl-detectives while still feeling relatable and real. Nancy Drew would be right at home with this group." --"Huffington Post"'s 15 Greatest Kid Detectives List
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 and life-long mystery fan, delivers a middle-grade caper that's perfect for middle-grade readers who have finished THE LEMONADE WAR series and are ready for more advanced mysteries
"From the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Michael Beil teaches English at a Catholic High School in New York City. But lest anyone peg him as a mere "mild mannered academic" it should be noted that Mike and his wife are also intrepid mountain climbers. He makes his literary debut with "The Red Blazer Girls."
Starred Review, Booklist, January 1 & 15th, 2009:
“A familiar heroine—the girl detective—gets a fresh look (red blazer!) in this delightful debut.”