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Author Darlene Foster shares an extract from the adventure for Amanda on the Danube: The Sounds of Music. Amanda finds herself on the Danube helping a homeless young musician.
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.
An extract from Amanda on the Danube
The girls continued to look around the market, stopping to pull the strings on jumping jacks and stroking teddy bears dressed in lederhosen, just like the dancers wore the night before.
Amanda looked around but couldn’t see anyone.
Amanda swung around and saw a finger motioning to her from between two stalls. Leah was busy looking at jewellery. Amanda slipped into the tiny space. There crouched in the corner, sat the young boy who played his violin by the Gingerbread House earlier.
“Please, Miss. I need your help.”
Amanda noticed blood seeping out of the dirty bandage on his thumb. “What happened to your thumb?”
“Oh, that. It is nothing.” The young boy reached for his violin case. “You are on the boat, yes? The Sound of Music boat?”
“Yes, I am. Why?” She looked at the bloody finger. “You should have that cleaned up. You could get an infection.”
“Please, could you take this with you on the boat?” His large blue eyes pleaded with her as he held out the case.
“Why can’t you take it to the boat?” asked Amanda.
“I do not have a ticket. But my violin must get on the boat. It is of much importance.”
“Well,” Amanda took a deep breath. “I guess I could take it, but then what will I do with it once I’m on the boat?”
“Perhaps you could keep it in your room until you get to Vienna. I will meet you there.”
“Amanda! Where have you gone?” She could hear Leah shouting.
“OK. I have to go.” Amanda snatched the violin case.
“Danke, fräulein. Don’t tell anyone you saw me, bitte. I mean, please.”
Amanda emerged from the small space between the two stalls just before Leah spotted her.
“I found a rad choker necklace.” Leah held up a clear bag and shook it. “What do you have in your hand?”
“I found a vintage violin case,” answered Amanda. “I think I’ll surprise my dad with it later.”
Leah looked at her watch. “We had better get to the boat before it leaves.”
The girls walked down the street toward the bus. A boy dashed past them, knocking Amanda down.
“Hey, you! Watch where you’re going.” Amanda stood up. She held on to the violin case as she steadied herself.
“Are you all right?” Leah asked. “That boy looked very much like the one the crew members chased through the market. What is his problem?”
“I’m fine. I think he tried to grab the violin case.”
“Where did you say you got it?”
“I bought it from an old guy at the market while you were looking at jewellery.”
Amanda spotted a huge nutcracker soldier in a doorway. “Look at that!” She stood beside the wooden figure towering over her. “Take my picture, Leah. I feel like Clara and her gallant Nutcracker Prince from the ballet Aunt Mary took me to last Christmas. ”
Leah snapped a couple of pictures of a beaming Amanda.
She shouted, “There’s that boy! He’s hiding behind the nutcracker.”
Amanda turned around. The blond, curly-topped boy stood, grinning. He grabbed on to the violin case and pulled hard. Amanda held on tight. Leah came over and held on as well. The boy lost his grip and fell over backwards, landing in a pile of spinning tops.
A burly shopkeeper ran over to them. “Get out of my store you trouble makers! Aus, kinder schlecht!”
Amanda and Leah dashed down the street just as the bus pulled away.
“Oh no! Now we’re going to be late and miss the boat.” Leah’s face fell. “My dad will kill me.”
One of the reviews for the book
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.
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