Individual Author Record
Name: Blue BalliettPen Name: None Genre: Fiction Born: 1955 in New York City, New York Sites:
Illinois ConnectionBalliett lives in Chicago's Hyde Park.
Biographical and Professional InformationBlue Balliett taught third grade at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools before becoming a full-time writer. A New York Times bestselling author, she wrote the award-winning children's novel Chasing Vermeer of which, Warner Brothers has acquired the film rights. Her books have been published in 34 languages.
- The Ghosts of Nantucket: 23 True Accounts, Down East Books, 1993
- Chasing Vermeer, Scholastic Press , 2005
- Nantucket Ghosts, Down East Books, 2006
- The Wright 3, Scholastic Press, 2007
- Calder Game, Scholastic Press, 2008
- The Danger Box, Scholastic Press, 2010
- Hold Fast, Scholastic Press, 2013
- Pieces and Players, Scholastic, 2015
- Out of the Wild Night, Scholastic, 2018
Titles At Your Library
The Ghosts of Nantucket: 23 True Accounts
ISBN: 089272191X Down East Books. 1993 Nantucket residents describe their firsthand encounters with paranormal phenomena in this unusual (and bestselling) book. Their accounts are both surprising and entertaining, for Nantucket's ghosts are as individualistic as today's flesh-and-blood inhabitants.
ISBN: 0439372976 Scholastic Paperbacks. 2005
This bewitching first novel is a puzzle, wrapped in a mystery, disguised as an adventure, and delivered as a work of art.
When a book of unexplainable occurences brings Petra and Calder together, strange things start to happen: Seemingly unrelated events connect an eccentric old woman seeks their company an invaluable Vermeer painting disappears. Before they know it, the two find themselves at the center of an international art scandal, where no one is spared from suspicion. As Petra and Calder are drawn clue by clue into a mysterious labyrinth, they must draw on their powers of intuition, their problem solving skills, and their knowledge of Vermeer. Can they decipher a crime that has stumped even the FBI?
ISBN: 0892727179 Down East Books. 2006 Nantucket Island has just more than 10,000 year-round residents ― and a sizeable population of very real ghosts. The 44 tales in this book were collected as oral history. Some of these spirits are benign, even protective others terrorize the humans who encounter them. All are memorable.
The Wright 3
ISBN: 0439693683 Scholastic Paperbacks. 2007
From the New York Times-bestselling team behind Chasing Vermeer comes another thought-provoking art mystery featuring Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie house--now in After Words paperback!
Spring semester at the Lab School in Hyde Park finds Petra and Calder drawn into another mystery when unexplainable accidents and ghostly happenings throw a spotlight on Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House, and it's up to the two junior sleuths to piece together the clues. Stir in the return of Calder's friend Tommy (which creates a tense triangle), H.G. Wells's The Invisible Man, 3-D pentominoes, and the hunt for a coded message left behind by Wright, and the kids become tangled in a dangerous web in which life and art intermingle with death, deception, and surprise.
ISBN: 0439852072 Scholastic Press. 2008 When Calder Pillay travels with his father to a remote village in England, he finds a mix of mazes and mystery- including an unexpected Alexander Calder sculpture in the town square. Calder is strangely drawn to the sculpture, while others in the village have less-than-friendly feelings toward it. Both the boy and the sculpture seem out of place...and then they dissapear!!!!
Calder's friends Petra and Tommy must fly to England to help Calder's father find him. But this mystery has more twists and turns than a calder mobile caught in a fierce wind-with more at stake that meets the eye.
The Danger Box
ISBN: 0439852099 Scholastic Press. 2010
An all-new mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Chasing Vermeer and The Calder Game.
A boy in a small town who has a different way of seeing.
A mischievous girl who doesn't belong.
A mysterious notebook .
These are some of the things you'll find within The Danger Box, the new mystery from bestselling author Blue Balliett.
ISBN: 0545299888 Scholastic Press. 2013
From NYT bestselling author Blue Balliett, the story of a girl who falls into Chicago's shelter system, and from there must solve the mystery of her father's strange disappearance.
Where is Early's father? He's not the kind of father who would disappear. But he's gone . . . and he's left a whole lot of trouble behind.
As danger closes in, Early, her mom, and her brother have to flee their apartment. With nowhere else to go, they are forced to move into a city shelter. Once there, Early starts asking questions and looking for answers. Because her father hasn't disappeared without a trace. 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.
With her signature, singular love of language and sense of mystery, Blue Balliett weaves a story that takes readers from the cold, snowy Chicago streets to the darkest corner of the public library, on an unforgettable hunt for deep truths and a reunited family.
Pieces and Players
ISBN: 054529990X Scholastic Press. 2015
From the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of CHASING VERMEER, THE WRIGHT 3, and HOLD FAST
Thirteen extremely valuable pieces of art have been stolen from one of the most secretive museums in the world. A Vermeer has vanished. A Degas has disappeared. And nobody has any idea where they and the other eleven artworks might be . . . or who might have stolen them.
Calder, Petra, and Tommy are no strangers to heists and puzzles. Now they've been matched with two new sleuths -- Zoomy, a very thin boy with very thick glasses, and Early, a girl who treasures words . . . and has a word or two to say about the missing treasure.
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.
With pieces and players, you have all the ingredients for a fantastic mystery from the amazing Blue Balliett.
Out of the Wild Night
ISBN: 0545867568 Scholastic Press. 2018
Ghosts are alive on the island of Nantucket. You can hear them in the wind and in the creaks of the old homes. They want to be remembered. And, even more, they want to protect what was once theirs.
The ghosts have chosen a few local kids to save the island against the adults who would do it harm. But the kids can't be sure how the ghosts are going to act. Things tend to disappear when ghosts are around. People tend to get trapped - especially if they're up to no good. Only the kids can make things right . . . if the ghosts will let them.
Out of the Wild Night is master storyteller Blue Balliett at her spooky best, a spellbinding tale about the haunted residents of a very special place.