Lesley M.M. Blume
- Title: Cornelia and the Audacious Escapades of the Somerset Sisters
- Author: Lesley M.M. Blume
- ISBN: 9780375835230
- Page: 490
- Format: Hardcover
Eleven year old Cornelia is the daughter of two world famous pianists a legacy that should feel fabulous, but instead feels just plain lonely She surrounds herself with dictionaries and other books to isolate herself from the outside world But when a glamorous neighbor named Virginia Somerset moves next door with her servant Patel and a mischievous French bulldog named MEleven year old Cornelia is the daughter of two world famous pianists a legacy that should feel fabulous, but instead feels just plain lonely She surrounds herself with dictionaries and other books to isolate herself from the outside world But when a glamorous neighbor named Virginia Somerset moves next door with her servant Patel and a mischievous French bulldog named Mister Kinyatta, Cornelia discovers that the world is a much exciting place than she had originally thought.An unforgettable story of friendship and adventure that takes readers around the world and back again, Cornelia and the Audacious Escapades of the Somerset Sisters is a dazzling first novel by Lesley M M Blume.
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This story was not at all what I expected. Even once I got into it, I thought I would/should like it very much. A neglected daughter of a famous pianist (who would hate that I just called her that!), Cornelia hides behind large words and dictionaries, wishing her mother would spend time with her instead of jetting off to various parts of the world to give concerts all the time. I appreciate intelligent, quirky young heroines and I hoped Cornelia would be no exception. However, for all her seemin [...]
Cornelia is the daughter of a famous pianist, Lucy. And, unfortunately for Cornelia, that's all anyone ever seems to care about. When she's invited over for a new play-date with a possible-new-friend, it's typically because the parent wants to find out what Lucy is like, or somehow befriend Lucy via Cornelia. Add to this the fact that Lucy is always traveling and never takes Cornelia with her, and that when Lucy is home she's often busy with her music, Cornelia decided to seek refuge in long, co [...]
Cornelia Street Englehart is possibly the most lonely girl in the entire area of Greenwich village. Her mother, Lucy, is a famous pianist, and barely spends any time with her. She never knew her father.Her legacy should feel wonderful, but instead Cornelia is miserable and lonely. Privacy is as rare as diamonds. Making a fortress of difficult words, Cornelia hides behind it often.One day while running home from school, Cornelia sees something strange. Parked in the middle of the street is a gian [...]
This was a sweet, almost old-fashioned read. Cornelia is a shy bookish type who hides behind big words. Her mother is an international concert pianist, and most of her schoolmates' afterschool invitations are at the behest of their star struck mothers. When the amazing eccentric Virginia Somerset move in next door, she finds a kindred spirit, and her own sense of identity in the relationship.It is not sappy or saccharine, although the ending is a bit predictable. What prevented me from giving th [...]
I didn't get to the good part, but my mom says I'll like it.
Thanks to Stephen who recommended this lovely book! I loved it!
Here is another children's book that has captured my imagination, made me feel so many emotions, and then made me cry bittersweet tears. Eleven year old Cornelia Englehart is the daughter of two world famous concert pianists though she has never met her dad who left them for another woman before Cornelia was born. Cornelia lives with her mother Lucy and with their French housekeeper who loves the child but is frustrated when the young book lover purposely uses complicated words as an emotional s [...]
Try saying this title ten times fast :)I loved this book. It was everything I ever dreamed a proper book worm should be. How they should act, feel, and exist. Cornelia is a rather peculiar child. She has a great capacity for knowledge and knows words that would send you running. In fact, that's one of the main reasons she knows so many words. She thinks that people just don't want to be her friends, so eventually she stops trying to be a friend. She hides herself behind a fortress of books and u [...]
A lonely, eleven year old reading machine named Cornelia immerses herself in books and literature to insulate herself from everything of the outside world. A new neighbor befriends and enlightens Cornelia to a new perspective: the world is an exciting globe of opportunity and possibility and adventure. This absolutely outstanding book is one of my favorites.-Ella, PWPLS Teen Summer ReaderClick here to find the book at the Prince William County Public Library System.
You know, I've read a lot of sad books. I've read historical fiction books - which usually ALWAYS make me cry - and books about dying babies and WWII pilots. But sometimes, I don't even shed a tear when I read those books! But with this one? I was bawling like a baby at the end! It wasn't sad - well, okay, it was a little - but the majority of the book had be laughing out loud! It's just such a beautifully written story that I can't even handle it. :) I LOVED the main character, Cornelia. She's [...]
Cornelia is the child of two very famous pianists, now divorced. Her mother is always away, performing in exotic locales, and Cornelia’s never met her father. She’s a very solitary, lonely, bookish girl. Then, one day, Cornelia meets Virginia Somerset, an older woman who has just moved into her apartment building. Virginia is a talented storyteller, writer, and eccentric who becomes Cornelia’s best friend. She regales Cornelia with tales of her and her sisters, telling her about all of the [...]
Eleven-year-old Cornelia Englehart's parents are world famous concert pianists, but she's never met her father and her mother is always traveling around the world. Poor little rich girl,Cornelia, has so-called friends who want to get to her mother through her. Her real friends are her books, especially her dictionaries that give her complicated words to shield her away from people. Then, an older, famous writer, Virginia Somerset moves into the apartment next door and wants to be friends with Co [...]
This is an incredibly sweet book. I adored little Cornelia, and the "audacious escapades" Virginia shared were both hilarious and endearing. This story is the perfect sort for reading aloud--Virginia's tales in particular are well-suited to a dramatic read.I have to say that it read a bit younger than I was looking for, so I had a harder time getting into it than I expected. But once I was fully attached to Cornelia (and those wild Somerset sisters), I no longer noticed the "lower" reading level [...]
"Cornelia and the Audacious Escapades of the Somerset Sisters" by Lesley M.M Blume is a story about a little girl who realizes that she doesn't want to follow her parents footsteps. This is a great book that has parts that makes you laugh and feel bad for the character. If you really like books about adventures this is a great book for you.This book has many chapters each of which tells about a different adventure. The author has aimed this book towards girls but I think anyone will love it. I f [...]
I read this book in elementary school, I think the 4th grade. And then I reread it in 7th grade. Although it's been a while since then, this book is me. I love Cornelia and I love the adventures of the sisters. Morocco was especially memorable and it's because of this book I love to read, I love to travel, and I love to learn. This book is my absolute favorite book in the world and this review doesn't do the stories of the Somerset sisters justice. I recommend this book to every 10 year old kid, [...]
Okay novel about a lonely young girl who befriends the old lady next door who tells her wonderful stories about the escapades of the traveling Somerset sisters. That's about it. The dog on the cover, supposedly owned by the author, is cute, and I did like Cornelia's penchant for words, but the novel itself seemed forced and flat. It will probably be made into an okay film. Look for it at theaters near you!
Cornelia and the audacious escapades of the somerset sisters is a very interesting book. The stories of the somerset sisters and captivating, intriguing and of course funny. It was sad too. It also showed me how lucky I am to have a mum that makes time for me and is always there. I loved this book and would recommend it to anyone.
AMAZING. this is about a girl who's mom is a famous pianist and she doesn't like how people view her as a famous pianist's daughter, not herself. the book is about how she expresses herself to her distant famous mom. this is a must read!
I decided to re-read this childhood favorite of mine, & I was not disappointed. I loved every chapter of the book
this book was so good that i was sad when i finished it cause i didnt want the book to end and the end of the book was sad and happyd on the sad part of the end i cried.
This is a great book for a pre-teen girl that loves words. The story is engrossing and is a tear-jerker with a happy ending. I really enjoyed it and have recommended it to random people in the store.
I just finished reading "Cornelia and the Audacious Escapades of the Somerset Sisters" by Lesley M.M. Blume. When I first picked it up I didn't expect much. The cover is kind of basic looking, and at first the writing felt like it might be geared toward an audience a little younger than me (because it probably was). But I'm happy I didn't give up on it. I didn't expect "Cornelia" to be such a special book, but it's got to be one of the funniest and most poignant books I've read all year. I reall [...]
Cornelia and the Audacious Escapades of the Somerset Sisters, is about a girl named Cornelia Englehart. She is the daughter of two famous pianists. Cornelia is shy and awkward. In the small town of Greenwich Village, Cornelia was lonely her mother was always traveling and her father left when Cornelia was little. The only people around were her servants. One day a woman named Virginia Somerset moved in next door with her servant Patel and her dog Mister Kinyatta. She soon found out that the worl [...]
I think I liked this more than I expected to. I liked Virginia immensely, of course, and identified with Cornelia.but somehow, having someone tell you a story about their adventure is never quite as exciting as *actually* going on the adventure yourself, although I did like how Cornelia turned the adventures into a way to make friends. Loved Virginia's apartment, also (marble floors with a fountain in the middle? #housegoals). Anyway, recommended for kids who like historical, international adven [...]
I think that this book uses some higher vocabulary words and it tells you what the word means. I learned that you can do anything that you put your mind to and you can choose what you want to do in life. There are many decisions to be made in life and if you make the wrong decision someone can correct or help you through it. If you are ever in a weird situation, you can ask for help from another person. Like when Virginia helped Cornelia make friends and when Virginia helped Lucy learn that Corn [...]
So exciting. I wanted to be Cornelia. To live next to a lady who traveled the world with her 3 sisters. They always got into adventures, often in trouble, but always found a way to save the day.So neat that the author used part of her own life as part of the plot.
Loved this book. Fun easy read with enjoyable storyline and characters. My kids are lining up to have their turn to read this one.
Another childhood favorite full of adventure and life lessons.
In the present time in London, England, Cornelia is an only child living in a big apartment with her mother. They have a maid because they are rich. Cornelia is a teenager with a famous mother so people always ask her what her life is like. Cornelia just feels hurt because other people are asking what her life is like with a mother that is famous. Cornelia also feels hurt because of other people that are asking about what her mother ate and what she drinks and what she does.Cornelia even found o [...]
This is an okay young reader's book about a young girl who retreats into the world of long and complicated words to keep people at arms' length to deal with the seemingly strained relationship with her mother, a famous pianist, who always seems to overshadow Cornelia. Cornelia meets Virginia Somerset, an older lady, and the two embark on a friendship in which Virginia tells Cornelia the stories of her and her three sisters as they travelled around the world, gradually drawing Cornelia out of her [...]
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