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Blue Balliett

Biography

Blue Balliett

Blue Balliett’s first book, Chasing Vermeer, was a New York Timesbestseller and Edgar Award winner, and won the Chicago TribuneThe Wright 3, was also an immediate New York Times bestseller and international success and was featured on NBC’s Today Show. Her third book about Calder and Petra, The Calder Game, was featured on ABC’sGood Morning America as a "sizzling summer read," and was a Publishers Weekly bestseller. 

In her latest book, The Danger Box, Balliett introduces readers to a new cast of characters, and a new kind of mystery. Balliett says,"The Danger Box is a story set in a very small, very quiet town in Michigan, one that could be almost anywhere in the United States. A worn, red notebook appears, one that might or might not have belonged to one of the most famous and controversial thinkers ever, a person who has been dead for over a hundred years-and whose name is known around the world. Dangerous sparks are struck...and soon a boy, a girl and a way of life are surrounded by flames."

In Chasing VermeerThe Wright 3, and The Calder Game, Balliett explored ideas and mystery through the lens of paintings, sculpture, and architecture. With The Danger Box, this engagement continues along other lines. Balliett explains, "Science is filled with as much controversy and as many questions as art. Also, the idea that so-called weaknesses can become strengths-that intrigues me. Are there also times when a physical disability can allow a person to accomplish things that others might not? I think this is an exciting question."

Blue Balliett

Books by Blue Balliett

by Blue Balliett - Adventure, Fiction, Mystery

The kids have been drawn in by the very mysterious Mrs. Sharpe, who may be playing her own kind of game with the clues. And it's not just Mrs. Sharpe who's acting suspiciously --- there's a ghost who mingles with the guards in the museum, a cat who acts like a spy, and bystanders in black jackets who keep popping up.

by Blue Balliett - Fiction, Mystery

Early's father is gone and he's left a whole lot of trouble behind. With nowhere else to go, Early, her mom and her brother are forced to move into a city shelter. Once there, Early starts asking questions and looking for answers. There are patterns and rhythms to what's happened, and Early might be the only one who can use them to track him down and make her way out of a very tough place.

by Blue Balliett

An all-new mystery from the bestselling author of Chasing Vermeer and The Calder Game!

written by Blue Balliett, illustrated by Brett Helquist
written by Blue Balliett, illustrated by Brett Helquist
written by Blue Balliett, illustrated by Brett Helquist