Search Results: "Blue Balliett"


BOOK REVIEW

HOLD FAST by Blue Balliett
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2013

"Enthralling and satisfying. (Mystery. 9-13) "
Eleven-year-old Early Pearl holds fast to her family's dream of a home of their own even after her father disappears, their apartment is ransacked, and she and her brother and mother are forced to move to a shelter. Read full book review >

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THE DANGER BOX by Blue Balliett
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Unlike the author's previous outings, here her enthusiasm for historical research seems to outweigh her interest in creating a well-founded story. (Mystery. 11-13)"
Balliett delivers a loosely constructed tale about a modern lad who discovers an exciting connection between himself and Charles Darwin. Read full book review >

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PIECES AND PLAYERS by Blue Balliett
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 31, 2015

"Brain-teasing adventure for thinking kids. (author's notes) (Mystery. 8-12)"
Thirteen-year-old amateur sleuths and best friends Tommy Segovia, Calder Pillay and Petra Andalee join forces with two new junior detectives to tackle a shocking art robbery at a Chicago museum in this sequel to The Calder Game (2010).Read full book review >

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THE CALDER GAME by Blue Balliett
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2008

"While a fourth adventure's intimated, problematic construction and too many tidy dei ex machinis (including their nasty teacher's turning terrific) mar this one. (author's notes) (Fiction. 9-12)"
Balliett's third mystery falls short of Chasing Vermeer's brilliance, and the triangular friendship among Calder, Petra and Tommy, skillfully developed in The Wright 3, receives bumpier treatment here (2004; 2006). Read full book review >

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THE WRIGHT 3 by Blue Balliett
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2006

"Another tour de force blending art, math, philosophy, history and literature. (author's note) (Fiction. 8-12)"
The determined sleuths from Balliett's fine first novel, Chasing Vermeer (2004), return in another artful mystery, centered on one of Chicago's architectural treasures. Read full book review >

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CHASING VERMEER by Blue Balliett
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2004

"Konigsburg's From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler or Ellen Raskin's The Westing Game will find equal pleasure in this debut by a talented writer. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Art, intrigue, and plenty of twists and turns make this art mystery a great read. Read full book review >

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BLUE by Benjamin Zucker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 10, 2000

"The various materials assembled here might add up to a novel, but not without greater authorial inventiveness."
The author of several nonfiction books on gems and jewelry draws on his expertise for an ambitious first novel of challenging design. Read full book review >

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BLUE by Russ Gregory
Released: Oct. 11, 2011

"When Gregory sticks to the facts of his fiction, letting the action take over and the characters speak for themselves, he unleashes a riveting thriller."
A 103-year-old nursing-home resident knows the deep, dark secrets behind a sniper's serial killings. How many more will die before she's done telling her tale? Read full book review >

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BLUE by Eric Nisenson
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"This book certainly isn't it."
Nisenson (Ascension: John Coltrane and His Quest, 1993, etc.) adds another voice to the increasingly shrill debate on the future of jazz and the role of Wynton Marsalis and his friends in that future. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 6, 2012

"A rare, rewarding, sumptuous exploration of artistic passion. (author's note) (Historical fantasy. 12 & up)"
Giulia is bright, curious and a gifted artist, born to a noble father and his humble mistress in 15th-century Renaissance Italy. Now her fate rests with her father's widow, who's sending Giulia to a Padua convent. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Sprawling, engrossing, and highly relevant to the ongoing controversies about policing post-Ferguson, which Domanick addresses in an epilogue."
An incisive examination of American policing, using a tumultuous two decades in Los Angeles as a lens. Read full book review >

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BLUE by Joyce Moyer Hostetter
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 31, 2006

"The density and the first-person voice will turn some away, but the subject of polio is a rare one in children's fiction, and these characters and their story are worth getting to know. (endnotes, bibliography) (Historical fiction. 10-12)"
Blue, 13, writes of Hickory, N.C., January 1944-June 1945. Read full book review >