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Pieces and Players - by Blue Balliett (Paperback)

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  • From New York Times bestselling author of Chasing Vermeer, Blue Balliett, comes an all-new Calder mystery.THE PIECESThirteen extremely valuable pieces of art have been stolen from one of the most secretive museums in the world.
  • 8-12 Years
  • 7.6" x 5.4" Paperback
  • 320 Pages
  • Juvenile Fiction, Mysteries & Detective Stories


About the Book

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.

Book Synopsis

From New York Times bestselling author of Chasing Vermeer, Blue Balliett, comes an all-new Calder mystery.

THE PIECESThirteen extremely valuable pieces of art have been stolen from one of the most secretive museums in the world. A Vermeer has vanished. A Manet is missing. And nobody has any idea where they and the other eleven artworks might be . . . or who might have stolen them. THE PLAYERSCalder, Petra, and Tommy are no strangers to heists and puzzles. Now they've been matched with two new sleuths -- Zoomy, a very small 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.

Review Quotes

Advance Praise for Pieces and Players: "Balliett again deftly merges mystery, art and friendship into another perplexing puzzler." -- Kirkus Reviews"Fun and engaging." -- School Library JournalPraise for Chasing Vermeer: "Balliett is an original . . . Thick with devilish red herrings, this smart, playful story never stops challenging (and exhilarating) the audience." -- Publishers Weekly"Puzzles, codes, letters, number and wordplay, a bit of danger, a vivid sense of place, and a wealth of quirky characters enrich the exciting, fast-paced story that's sure to be relished by mystery lovers." -- School Library JournalPraise for The Wright Three: * "Another tour de force." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred reviewPraise for The Calder Game: * "Balliett outdoes herself with this ambitious novel." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review* "Balliett again offers readers new ways to think." -- Booklist, starred reviewPraise for The Danger Box: * "This highly satisfying story will enlighten readers even as it inspires them to think." -- School Library Journal, starred review"A spine-tingling tale . . . kids are in for an adventure." -- Chicago Sun TimesPraise for Hold Fast: "[Blue Balliett's] latest and most heart-rending novel . . . [The] multi-faceted Early Pearl, ever observant and always pondering, shines as bright as any diamond." -- New York Times Book Review* "Wonderful . . . will pierce all readers" -- Booklist, starred review* "A moving story of homelessness, family, and the love of words and books . . . Enthralling and satisfying." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review* "Balliett paints a vivid picture, a literary composition reminiscent of an Impressionist painting . . . Excellent." -- School Library Journal, starred review"This novel abounds in heart, shining a spotlight on the gritty truths about homelessness." -- Publishers Weekly"Vivid and compelling." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's BooksA 2013 Parents' Choice Gold Award Winner

About the Author

Blue Balliett is the author of several bestselling, acclaimed mystery novels, including Hold Fast, Chasing Vermeer (a Book Sense Book of the Year and an Edgar Award winner), The Wright 3, The Calder Game, and The Danger Box. She writes in the laundry room of her home in Chicago, Illinois, and you can find her online at
Dimensions (Overall): 7.6 Inches (H) x 5.4 Inches (W) x .9 Inches (D)
Weight: .45 Pounds
Suggested Age: 8-12 Years
Number of Pages: 320
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Sub-Genre: Mysteries & Detective Stories
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Format: Paperback
Author: Blue Balliett
Language: English
Street Date: April 26, 2016
TCIN: 50606214
UPC: 9780545299916
Item Number (DPCI): 248-08-9322
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported
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Estimated ship dimensions: 0.9 inches length x 5.4 inches width x 7.6 inches height
Estimated ship weight: 0.45 pounds

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