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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Blue Balliett  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Young Adult; Children;

Born: 1955 in New York City, New York


-- Blog -- http://blueballiettbooks.blogspot.com/
-- Website -- http://blueballiettbooks.com
-- Blue Balliett on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=blue+balliett

E-Mail: -- cmeloto@scholastic.com


Illinois Connection

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.


Awards

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

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Selected Titles At Your Library

Chasing Vermeer
ISBN: 9780439372978. OCLC Number: 51172514

Scholastic Press,. .

When strange and seemingly unrelated events start to happen and a precious Vermeer painting disappears, eleven-year-olds Petra and Calder combine their talents to solve an international art scandal. First book in the series featuring art sleuth friends Calder and Petra.

Hold fast /
ISBN: 0545299888. OCLC Number: 801928204

Scholastic Press,. .

On a cold winter day in Chicago, Early's father disappeared, and now she, her mother and her brother have been forced to flee their apartment and join the ranks of the homeless--and it is up to Early to hold her family together and solve the mystery surrounding her father.

Hold fast [eAudiobook - NC Kids Digital Library]
ISBN: 9781338249057. OCLC Number: 1055759936

Scholastic Audio,. .

Where is Early's father? He's not the kind of father who you think 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 Chicago's shelter system. Once there, Early starts asking questions and looking for answers. 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.

Nantucket ghosts :
ISBN: 0892727179. OCLC Number: 70212018

Down East Books,. .

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.

Out of the wild night /
ISBN: 0545867568. OCLC Number: 1011543199

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Mary W. Chase died on Nantucket Island just over one hundred years ago, but she is still there, in the house she once lived in, and she wants to keep it that way-- but first she must somehow contact a group of children who are interested in preserving historic homes on the island.

OUT OF THE WILD NIGHT.
ISBN: 0545867576. OCLC Number: 1050613092

SCHOLASTIC (US),. .

Pieces and players
ISBN: 1484480279. OCLC Number: 1003769657

Scholastic, Incorporated,. .

When 13 high-value pieces of art are stolen from a secret museum, Calder, Petra and Tommy are grouped with two new companions to solve puzzles that are complicated by the clever Mrs. Sharpe.

Pieces and players /
ISBN: 054529990X. OCLC Number: 889739698

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When thirteen high-value pieces of art are stolen from a secret museum, Calder, Petra, and Tommy are grouped with two new companions to solve puzzles that are complicated by the clever Mrs. Sharpe.

The Calder game
ISBN: 9780739368039. OCLC Number: 233220940

Listening Library,. .

A new art-based mystery from a New York times bestselling author. 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 disappear!!!! 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 Calder game /
ISBN: 0439852072. OCLC Number: 171287569

Scholastic Press,. .

When seventh-grader Calder Pillay disappears from a remote English village--along with an Alexander Calder sculpture to which he has felt strangely drawn--his friends Petra and Tommy fly from Chicago to help his father find him. Third book in the series featuring art sleuth friends Calder, Petra, and Tommy.

The danger box
ISBN: 9780545249539. OCLC Number: 645354937

Scholastic Audio,. .

In small-town Michigan, twelve-year-old Zoomy and his new friend Lorrol investigate the journal found inside a mysterious box and find family secrets and a more valuable treasure, while a dangerous stranger watches and waits.

The Danger Box /
ISBN: 0439852099. OCLC Number: 567195272

Scholastic Press,. .

In small-town Michigan, twelve-year-old Zoomy and his new friend Lorrol investigate the journal found inside a mysterious box and find family secrets and a more valuable treasure, while a dangerous stranger watches and waits.

The ghosts of Nantucket :
ISBN: 089272191X. OCLC Number: 11623399

[Down East Books],. .

The Wright 3
ISBN: 9780545362320. OCLC Number: 846866160

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In the midst of a series of unexplained accidents and mysterious coincidences, sixth-graders Calder, Petra, and Tommy lead their classmates in an attempt to keep Frank Lloyd Wright's famous Robie House from being demolished.

The Wright 3 /
ISBN: 0439693683. OCLC Number: 61204254

Scholastic Press,. .

In the midst of a series of unexplained accidents and mysterious coincidences, sixth-graders Calder, Petra, and Tommy lead their classmates in an attempt to keep Frank Lloyd Wright's famous Robie House from being demolished. Second book in the series featuring art sleuth friends Calder, Petra, and Tommy.