The Red Blazer Girls: The Secret Cellar
The Red Blazer Girls are a group of highly intelligent, immensely talented, and very awesome twelve-year-olds. In fact, one of their many talents is their ability to stumble into complex mysteries…and then solve them. This time Sophie, Leigh Ann, Becca and Margaret stumble into their new mystery while out Christmas shopping. They wander into an antique store, where Sophie finds the perfect gift for her father: a rare ink fountain pen. However, the pen isn’t for sale in the traditional sense, rather it is part of an estate sale that will be sold at auction in a few days. The girls reach out into their bag of resources and request the help of their friend, Mrs. Elizabeth Harriman, who just happens to have lots of experience with auctions. In what turns out to be a heated bidding war, Sophie lands the pen for her father. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
"Michael D. Beil delivers another winning mystery, weaving a collection of clever and cunning clues for our lovable heroes to solve."
Sophie decides to spruce the antique pen up with a cleaning and discovers a rolled up slip of paper with a mysterious riddle written on it. Immediately, she confides in her friends, and they jump on the new challenge. But they aren’t the only ones interested in the mystery and the estate sale --- a cranky owner of a used book store snatches up most of the other items for sale at the auction. Unfortunately, the girls need some of those items to solve the mystery, and the grouch isn’t willing to share. But our heroes are very resourceful and find ways around the stubborn obstacles. The Red Blazer Girls never give up a challenge, especially when it could lead to a huge, hidden treasure!
Meanwhile, their favorite hangout, the coffee shop called Perkatory, has been shut down due to a rat infestation. The girls are furious…well, Sophie is furious and the other three are just as happy to visit the new coffee shop opening across the street. But when Sophie’s more-than-just-friend, Raf, informs her that he saw the owner of the new place with a pet rat in his pocket, Sophie suspects a set-up to force her beloved hangout into closing. The girls are never too busy for another challenge, and Sophie sets out to kidnap the rat in order to prove a conspiracy. Life is never boring for the Red Blazer Girls!
Michael D. Beil delivers another winning mystery, weaving a collection of clever and cunning clues for our lovable heroes to solve. He has a quirky sense of humor, littering the pages with comical situations, puns, and fun alliteration, always with a blast of high energy. Another of the special highlights is that the author inspires reader involvement, encouraging readers to solve bits and pieces along with our heroes. And speaking of our heroes, they are amazing role models, using their brains and talents for good, generally having positive attitudes toward themselves, their friends and their parents, and always getting intensely involved with the massive mysteries of life. The Red Blazer Girls are awesome and fans will be eager for more!
Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman on November 5, 2012