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Amanda on the Danube: The Sounds of Music PDF, ePub eBook Twelve-year-old Amanda Ross finds herself on an elegant riverboat with her bestie, Leah, cruising down the beautiful Danube, passing medieval castles, luscious green valleys and charming villages. When she is entrusted with a valuable violin by a young, homeless musician during a stop in Nuremburg, another boy immediately tries to take it from her. Amanda tries to keep the Twelve-year-old Amanda Ross finds herself on an elegant riverboat with her bestie, Leah, cruising down the beautiful Danube, passing medieval castles, luscious green valleys and charming villages. When she is entrusted with a valuable violin by a young, homeless musician during a stop in Nuremburg, another boy immediately tries to take it from her. Amanda tries to keep the precious violin safe for the poor prodigy, and along the way, she meets a mysterious monk, a Santa Claus look-alike, and the same nasty boy. Follow Amanda down the Danube as she enjoys the enchanting sounds of music everywhere she goes, but remains on the lookout, wondering just who she can trust.

47 review for Amanda on the Danube: The Sounds of Music

  1. 4 out of 5

    Alex (not a dude) Baugh

    When Amanda Ross, 12, and her family are invited to join her friend Leah Anderson and Leah's family on a cruise down the Danube River as it wanders through Germany, Austria, and Hungary, she jumps at the chance. Amanda is quite the traveler, having already visited Arabia, Spain, England, where Leah lives, and Alberta, Canada, where Amanda lives. The cruise ship, called The Sound of Music, begins the Danube tour in Nuremberg, Germany. The two friends are sharing a cabin, and there is a cute cruise When Amanda Ross, 12, and her family are invited to join her friend Leah Anderson and Leah's family on a cruise down the Danube River as it wanders through Germany, Austria, and Hungary, she jumps at the chance. Amanda is quite the traveler, having already visited Arabia, Spain, England, where Leah lives, and Alberta, Canada, where Amanda lives. The cruise ship, called The Sound of Music, begins the Danube tour in Nuremberg, Germany. The two friends are sharing a cabin, and there is a cute cruise director, Michael, to help them get oriented. After a morning tour, packed with information about Nuremberg, Amanda and Leah go off on their own to visit the stalls in the market. No sooner are they alone, when Amanda is summoned between two stalls by what she thinks is the same young boy with curly blond hair she had just seen playing his violin in from of one of the city's famous sights. Except now he looks rather shabby and has a badly bleeding thumb. He begs Amanda to take his violin back to the ship for safe keeping, promising to meet up with her in Vienna. No sooner do the two girls walk away, when a familiar looking young boy with curly blond hair tries to pull the violin out of Amanda's hand. The girls make it back to the ship with it, but it soon becomes clear that someone wants the violin very badly. But who and why is a mystery. And why does the boy with curly blond hair keep showing up? Back on the ship, the girls meet Claus Schmidt, who could be a Santa look alike with his big bushy white beard and rather large stomach, and his wife Enid. On their next stop, Regensburg, after the morning tour, Amanda and Leah stop into a shop where they run into Klaus and his nephew, Sebastian, a familiar looking boy with curly blond hair. No sooner are they gone, when the boy who gave Amanda the violin shows up with his thumb bandaged and asks if she still has his violin. And then Leah is hit by a boy on a skateboard who looks suspiciously like Sebastian. It doesn't take long for Amanda to figure out everyone, perhaps even Klaus and his wife, is interested in the violin she is hiding. But why? It is a mystery Amanda is determined to solve, especially after the boy who gave it to her disappears. This is the 5th book in the Amanda Travels series, a series that is new to me. Amanda seems to find a mystery to solve in each country she visits, and Germany is no different. Mixed in with the mystery, however, is a whole lot of information about the country visited, along with some wonderful descriptions of the landscape along the Danube River. Amanda is a very likable, realistic contemporary character, curious about her surroundings and the places she visits. Leah was somewhat annoying in this book, and I can't speak for the four previous stories since I haven't read them yet, but she is always texting, even finagling her father out of his phone on the pretense of taking pictures after he took hers away so she could continue texting her friends back in London. This is such a well-written, well researched book for middle grade fans of mysteries. It is a fast-paced adventure, with lots of action and believable secondary characters. And it is just dark and sinister enough to satisfy any young reader. After reading Amanda on the Danube, I bought another book in this series, Amanda in London, which I am looking forward to reading soon, and I am also curious to see where Amanda and Leah are off to in the next book in the Amanda Travels series. This book is recommended for readers age 9+ This book was provided to my by the publisher, Central Avenue Publishing This review was originally posted on Randomly Reading

  2. 4 out of 5

    Alex Lyttle

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The thing I liked most about this book is how much it made me want to travel. The descriptions of the historical sites were compelling and informative in a way that didn't feel didactic. The plot moved quickly and I'm sure if I were 12 (I'm now just a smidgin over 12... okay, like 20 smidgins... but who's really counting?) I would have found the mystery very intriguing. As an adult, it wasn't difficult to figure out where the plot was going, but hey, there's no wisdom like age. My one issue was The thing I liked most about this book is how much it made me want to travel. The descriptions of the historical sites were compelling and informative in a way that didn't feel didactic. The plot moved quickly and I'm sure if I were 12 (I'm now just a smidgin over 12... okay, like 20 smidgins... but who's really counting?) I would have found the mystery very intriguing. As an adult, it wasn't difficult to figure out where the plot was going, but hey, there's no wisdom like age. My one issue was that I spent the first few chapters wishing Leah would drop her darn phone overboard. But then, lo and behold, she smashed it and the world was right again. Thank you for that Darlene... and I hope in your next book her father's gets smashed too... Overall, I think this book is perfect for its intended audience and once my children grow up, I will recommend they read the whole series.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Cheriee Weichel

    This review is also posted on my blog at http://dickenslibrary.blogspot.ca Darlene Foster writes middle grade novels about two plucky girls, Amanda Ross, and Leah Anderson, best friends from different continents. These intrepid travellers visit different places around the world and solve mysteries. Foster puts in considerable travelling and research to ensure that the details she writes about are authentic. Not only are readers entertained by great mysteries with a touch of suspense, they learn a This review is also posted on my blog at http://dickenslibrary.blogspot.ca Darlene Foster writes middle grade novels about two plucky girls, Amanda Ross, and Leah Anderson, best friends from different continents. These intrepid travellers visit different places around the world and solve mysteries. Foster puts in considerable travelling and research to ensure that the details she writes about are authentic. Not only are readers entertained by great mysteries with a touch of suspense, they learn about different geography and history. If you haven't read one of these books yet, you should change that. In this book, Amanda convinces her parents to join Mr and Mrs Anderson on a cruise on the Danube river. The two girls end up sharing their own room on board the ship, which gives them more autonomy. It's a pretty exciting opportunity for two girls who are on the cusp of adolescence. Before they are even settled in, Amanda and Leah track a trail of blood droplets into a storage room on the cruise ship. Amanda sees some feet, but they are interrupted by an employee before they can figure out what is going on. While they are on an excursion in Nuremberg, a ragamuffin of a boy gives Amanda his special violin for safekeeping. After that, strange things begin to happen. Another boy on a skateboard tries to steal the violin before they are even back on board ship. Once there, a mysterious older couple introduce themselves. They seem nice enough, but are they? Then the two girls' room is ransacked. Luckily, the violin isn't taken. At the next port of call, the two girls meet up with the owner of the violin and smuggle him onto the ship with them. They do their best to keep him hidden in their room, but he disappears. Before long Amanda gets a ransom note, telling her she has to trade the violin in for him if she wants to see him safe. You better go read the book if you want to find out what happens. I enjoyed seeing the relationship between the two girls evolve as they mature. Leah begins by spending a lot of time texting on her new phone and doesn't seem committed to being with Amanda. It turns out that Leah is caught up in her first romance, and it's going badly. This creates some tension between the two of them, but they manage to resolve their differences. There is a lot to like about these novels. The girls have strong parents who care about them, but also give them some autonomy. I appreciate learning about all the different places the girls visit and am impressed by how seamlessly the author educates and entertains me all at the same time. I like that the plot moves quickly and has enough action and suspense to keep readers thoroughly engaged. It's a perfect read for kids aged 8 - 12, and even older readers like myself. I'm looking forward to the next book when the two girls travel to New Mexico!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Darlene Foster

    Today I received a review of Amanda on The Danube from an articulate ten-year-old in Wales. Here is part of it. I left out a part that is a spoiler. "I think this book every bit as good as the last - if not better! I think the sense of intrepidation in this book is amazing. I read a lot myself and this was such good quality I am astounded. This is one of my favourite books of all time and that's saying something!! My favourite scene is on page 5 because that's where the mystery starts where they Today I received a review of Amanda on The Danube from an articulate ten-year-old in Wales. Here is part of it. I left out a part that is a spoiler. "I think this book every bit as good as the last - if not better! I think the sense of intrepidation in this book is amazing. I read a lot myself and this was such good quality I am astounded. This is one of my favourite books of all time and that's saying something!! My favourite scene is on page 5 because that's where the mystery starts where they find the foot in the storage cupboard and are just about to find out more when a young cruise director called Michael spots them and asks why they are there. My favourite character is either Klaus because his personality changes so quickly from jolly and friendly to dark and sinister. Or it could be Sebastion because his personality changes quickly too. My favourite word in the book was 'cobblestones' because it sounds weird when I say it. All in all, this book was a great read and one of the best things about it is that children of all ages would enjoy it, because of its twists and turns and gripping narrative. I really enjoyed this book and I wish I could read more of the series. Catrin age 10

  5. 5 out of 5

    Robbie Cheadle

    Michael and I read this book together and we both enjoyed it immensely. It is my favourite of the three Amanda books we have read to date and we will definitely be reading more. Amanda and her good friend, Leah, are on a boat cruise along the Danube and very much enjoying the good food and fascinating villages and towns that they stop at when they become embroiled in a new mystery. A young boy who plays the violin most beautifully asks Amanda to please take his violin on the boat with her and mee Michael and I read this book together and we both enjoyed it immensely. It is my favourite of the three Amanda books we have read to date and we will definitely be reading more. Amanda and her good friend, Leah, are on a boat cruise along the Danube and very much enjoying the good food and fascinating villages and towns that they stop at when they become embroiled in a new mystery. A young boy who plays the violin most beautifully asks Amanda to please take his violin on the boat with her and meet him in Vienna. Amanda agrees to the request and quickly comes to realise that the talented boy is not the only one who wants the violin. There are a few people, both on the cruise and elsewhere, that are determined to lay their hands on this instrument. I really like Darlene Foster’s books as they have an interesting and face paced story but they also include a huge amount of fascinating information about the specific country in which each specific novel is set. We both learned a lot about the towns and villages in Germany, Austria and Hungary and the traditional foods, entertainment and some famous places of interest. There is a lot of research that goes into each of these books. We rated this book five out of five stars.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Patricia Tilton

    Darlene Foster has written a lively adventure story for young readers who enjoy traveling and solving a good mystery. Fans of the Amanda Travels series won’t be disappointed with this fast-paced book which will keep them engaged and quickly turning pages to discover what happens next. Amanda is an upbeat, inquisitive, caring and memorable character that teens will want to befriend — especially since she has keen radar and is ready to solve a good mystery. Leah spends a lot time texting her frien Darlene Foster has written a lively adventure story for young readers who enjoy traveling and solving a good mystery. Fans of the Amanda Travels series won’t be disappointed with this fast-paced book which will keep them engaged and quickly turning pages to discover what happens next. Amanda is an upbeat, inquisitive, caring and memorable character that teens will want to befriend — especially since she has keen radar and is ready to solve a good mystery. Leah spends a lot time texting her friends at home, which annoys Amanda. Readers will also learn a little history, geography and a few German expressions as they cruise along the beautiful Blue Danube River and visit Nuremberg, Regensburg, Melk, Vienna and Budapest. Amanda and Leah explore castles, cathedrals, graveyards, and museums. They learn about Mozart, sample local cuisine and shop for teddy bears at the Steiff store.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Marie

    I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. The story moves at a quick pace and kept me interested. I found the two main characters, Amanda and her friend Leah, very relatable and they reminded me a lot of me and my best friend when we were younger. The only flaw I could find in this book is not really a flaw but at some points, I found myself wishing that there were some illustrations to help me visualize. I would recommend this book to any children, especial I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. The story moves at a quick pace and kept me interested. I found the two main characters, Amanda and her friend Leah, very relatable and they reminded me a lot of me and my best friend when we were younger. The only flaw I could find in this book is not really a flaw but at some points, I found myself wishing that there were some illustrations to help me visualize. I would recommend this book to any children, especially those around the age of 12-13 years old.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Todd Glock

  9. 5 out of 5

    Tammy Davis

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lorne Frisch

  11. 4 out of 5

    Marcia

    I found Amanda on the Danube to be a rollicking good adventure. There was just enough suspense to keep me turning pages, but what I enjoyed even more was feeling like I was right there on the river cruise with Amanda and Leah and their parents. It was fascinating to see the scenery through their eyes and to read about the history of the various places they toured. (I’ve added river cruise to Vienna to my bucket list!). Amanda is a bright, likeable character and I’m looking forward to reading abo I found Amanda on the Danube to be a rollicking good adventure. There was just enough suspense to keep me turning pages, but what I enjoyed even more was feeling like I was right there on the river cruise with Amanda and Leah and their parents. It was fascinating to see the scenery through their eyes and to read about the history of the various places they toured. (I’ve added river cruise to Vienna to my bucket list!). Amanda is a bright, likeable character and I’m looking forward to reading about more of her travels.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Donna Taggart

  13. 5 out of 5

    Vivek

  14. 4 out of 5

    Taylor

  15. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

  16. 4 out of 5

    Leah CL

  17. 4 out of 5

    Angie Williams

  18. 4 out of 5

    Felicia

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Huether

  20. 5 out of 5

    Micielle

  21. 5 out of 5

    Frederick Rotzien

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Heare Watts

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kristal

  24. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl Bradley

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sue

  26. 5 out of 5

    Joanne

  27. 4 out of 5

    Arnela

  28. 4 out of 5

    Terry Pearson

  29. 4 out of 5

    Dawn Obrien

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Beck

  31. 5 out of 5

    Amy

  32. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

  33. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Crawley

  34. 5 out of 5

    Amber

  35. 5 out of 5

    Carla

  36. 4 out of 5

    Mary

  37. 4 out of 5

    Adrienne Pilon

  38. 5 out of 5

    carla clifton

  39. 5 out of 5

    Joy Yerkie

  40. 4 out of 5

    Pamela Miller

  41. 5 out of 5

    Pam

  42. 4 out of 5

    Mary A.

  43. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Cobb Sabatini

  44. 4 out of 5

    Michael Chance

  45. 4 out of 5

    Debee Sue

  46. 4 out of 5

    Carol McFarlane

  47. 5 out of 5

    Karen Forsyth

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