Individual Author Record
Balliett lives in Chicago's Hyde Park.
Biographical and Professional Information
Blue 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
'''''Chasing Vermeer''''' *New York Times Notable Book, 2004 - NYT Bestseller for over 30 weeks *Publishers Weekly Bestseller *Book Sense Book of the Year Award, American Booksellers Association *Book Sense Bestseller *Edgar Allen Poe Award, Mystery Writers of America, Best Juvenile Novel *Agatha Award *The Great Lakes Book Award *Chicago Tribune Prize for Young Adult Fiction, 2004 *Booklist Top Ten Youth Mysteries *Booklist Editor’s Choice *Borders Original Voices Award *Midwest Booksellers’ Choice Award for Children’s Literature *Child Magazine Best Children’s Book *Parents’ Choice Silver Honor Book *Al’s Book Club for Kids Selection, NBC Today Show, 2008 *Starred Review, Publisher's Weekly and Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books '''''The Wright 3''''' *New York Times Bestseller *Best Children's Book of the Year, Child Magazine *21st Century Award, Chicago Public Library - First time the award was given to a children's book author *Gamepuzzles Annual Excellence Award *USA Today Bestseller *Book Sense Bestseller *Starred Review, Kirkus '''''The Calder Game''''' *Friends of American Writers Literary Award Winner *Publishers Weekly Bestseller *Indie Bound Bestseller *Starred Review, Booklist *Five Star Review, teenreadstoo.com '''''Danger Box''''' *Junior Library Guild selection, Fall 2010 *Chicago Tribune's Chicagoan of the Year for Literature, 2010 *Parents' Choice Silver Award Winner *Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award master list, 2011-12 *Book Worm Angels, 2012 *Kermit W. Myers Achievement Award *Oklahoma Sequoyah Book Award Masterlist, 2012-13 *Starred Review, School Library Journal *2013 ILLINOIS READS Book '''''Hold Fast''''' *New York Times Bestseller *Editor’s Choice, Chicago Tribune, May 2013 *Great Lakes Great Reads Award, Winter 2013 *Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People selection, NCSS and CBC, 2014 *Iowa Children’s Choice Award Master List, 2014-15 *William Allen White Award Master List, 2015-16 *Starred Review, Kirkus, Booklist and School Library Journal *2016 ILLINOIS READS Book '''''Pieces and Players''''' *Junior Library Guild Selection, spring 2015 *Great Lakes Great Reads Award Short List, 2015