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Who Moved My Cheese?
If Democrats Had Any Brains, They'd Be Republicans
Scientific Secrets for Self-Control
Just One Damned Thing After Another
The Vanishing
Exercises in Knitting
The Good Dream
The Very Best of Edgar Allan Poe
The Chosen
BT-Kids' Knits
Talking God
The Professor
The Christmas Files
The Finisher
Home Decor for 18-Inch Dolls: Create 10 Room Settings with Furniture and 15 Outfits with Accessories
Dracula and Other Stories
A New Song
All Quiet on the Western Front
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Thursday, February 13, 2014

The Ring of Rocamadour (The Red Blazer Girls, #1)

The Ring of Rocamadour (The Red Blazer Girls, #1)The Ring of Rocamadour by Michael D. Beil
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a great mystery for middle school girls and older.  It is very much like Nancy Drew, except that the girls are in the 7th grade.  They go to a Catholic girls school and the Red Blazers are the uniform of the upper school.  The girls come from different backgrounds, but they are  all day students.

The girls are bright and inquisitive and they soon stumble on a mystery involving the old church which is part of the school.  There is some suspicious activity going on and a puzzle to figure out.  Margaret, the brightest and best student, figures out some of the clues which involve geometry and the author even has her give a geometry lesson.

I liked this book because it combined ingenuity with good school work.  Maybe it is the teacher in me, but I love the way Margaret explains how geometry can help them solve the puzzle and the other girls each come up with clues based on things they have learned.  The school aspects aren't heavy handed, but it gives the reader a better understanding of how what they learn is useful.

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