Nelly Rapp and the Nicor’s Secret
Nelly Rapp and the Nicor’s SecretMartin Widmark, illustrated by Christina Alvner
Are Nelly and Valle talented enough to be able to stand up to the director of the School of the Arts, who is threatening to close the school down if they don’t play well enough?
Nelly and Valle are back at the Monster Academy to learn about monsters and other dangerous things and the subject this time is the nicor: a cunning water creature that is said to play music in order to lure children into the water so that they drown. But nobody knows for sure if they exist because they haven’t been seen for over a hundred years.
During the break, Nelly and Valle take a walk in the forest with their dogs and they spot a man in the middle of the stream. Could he be the nicor? No, it’s just uncle Hannibal who is trying to entice the nicor in order to get a professional violin teacher. That reminds Nelly that she has to rush back to town in order to practise the cello because the director of the School of the Arts has threatened to close down the school if anyone plays out of tune at the spring concert. And considering how it sounded last time, they definitely need a teacher as talented as the nicor to whip them into shape …
This adventure can even be looked upon as a fun and unusual way of campaigning for the continuation of Schools of the Arts in order to give children the chance to develop their creative skills.