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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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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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 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 >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1997

"Sexy, but also intelligent. (line drawings, not seen)"
Everything you always wanted to know about osculation (but might never have thought to ask). Read full book review >

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HARLEM GIRL LOST by Treasure E. Blue
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"A lurid, gripping debut."
Blue's self-published sensation—it has reportedly sold 65,000 copies—shows a bright young woman fighting her way out of New York's meanest streets, only to return and try to save the man she loves. Read full book review >

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BARBARA BUSH by Rose Blue
BIOGRAPHY
Released: June 1, 1991

"Illustrations not seen; chronology; further reading; index. (Biography. 11+)"
An entry in the ``Contemporary Women'' series pays admiring tribute to its subject: Blue and Naden cast every aspect of the First Lady's life in a glow. Read full book review >

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RON’S BIG MISSION by Rose Blue
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"A winner. (biographical note) (Picture book. 6-10)"
Deftly told and warmly illustrated, this fictional account of an incident in the Civil Rights-era childhood of Challenger astronaut Ron McNair tells a powerful story. Read full book review >

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FRANKIE FOR KIDS by Yellow + Blue
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"For all its good intentions, terrifyingly mediocre. (iPad storybook app. 10-12)"
Mary Shelley's classic gets a colorful but clumsy app treatment. Read full book review >