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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Blue Balliet  

Pen Name: None


Born: 1955 in New York City

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Balliett lives in Chicago's Hyde Park.

Biographical and Professional Information

Balliett taught third grade at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools before becoming a full-time writer. She is the author of the award-winning children's novel ''Chasing Vermeer'' of which, Warner Brothers has acquired the film rights. Balliett has also published two books of Nantucket ghost stories. Her books have been published in 34 languages.

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Titles At Your Library

Chasing Vermeer (Scholastic Gold)
ISBN: 0439372976

Scholastic Paperbacks. 2005

Chasing Vermeer joins the Scholastic Gold line, which features award-winning and beloved novels. Includes exclusive bonus content!

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?

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.

Calder Game
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.


''Chasing Vermeer'' has received:

New York Times Notable Book

Edgar Award

Agatha Award

American Booksellers Association's Book Sense Book of the Year Award

The Great Lakes Book Award

Chicago Tribune Prize for Young Adult Fiction''The Wright 3'' has received:

Child's Magazine Best Children's Book Award

Chicago Public Library Foundation's 21st Century Award - the first time the award was given to a children's book writer.

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