The Calder Game

The Calder Game

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by Blue Balliett, Brett Helquist
     
 

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This new mystery from bestselling author Blue Balliett is now available in After Words paperback! 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 other people have…  See more details below

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This new mystery from bestselling author Blue Balliett is now available in After Words paperback! 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 other people have less-than-friendly feelings towards it. Both the boy and the sculpture seem to be out of place . . . and then, on the same night, they disappear! Calder's friends Petra and Tommy must fly out to help his father find him. But this mystery has more twists and turns than a Calder mobile . . . with more at stake than first meets the eye.

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There is no mystery about why visitor Calder Pillay would be so fascinated by the sculpture tucked in the town square of the small English village. After all, Alexander Calder, his namesake, created this impressive piece. Coincidences grow darker, however, when both Calder and the Calder sculpture vanish, sending family and friends Petra and Tommy into an understandable tizzy. This edition to Blue Balliett's aesthetically inclined mysteries will please fans of her Chasing Vermeer and The Wright 3.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545279130
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
12/01/2012
Sold by:
Scholastic, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
273,015
File size:
9 MB
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author


Blue Balliett is the author of several bestselling, acclaimed mystery novels, including 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 www.blueballiettbooks.com.

Brett Helquist was born in Ganado, Arizona, and grew up in Orem, Utah. He entered Brigham Young University as an engineering major, but soon realized this was not the right choice for him. Having decided to take time off from college, he headed to Taiwan where he stumbled into a job illustrating English textbooks, which he enjoyed. There, a friend introduced him to an illustration student, also from Brigham Young University. This introduction inspired Brett to eventually switch majors. After spending a year in Taiwan, he went back to BYU and transferred to the illustration department. In 1993 he received a fine arts degree in illustration.

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4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Calder, Tommy, and Petra are back for another art-filled mystery.

It all starts when they take a field trip to the art museum to see the new exhibit featuring work by Alexander Calder. Even though their nasty and fun-sucking teacher tries to make the trip as miserable as possible, the three friends manage to find great inspiration and fascination in Alexander Calder's work.

Before long, Calder's dad invites him on a trip to England with him. Calder is super excited about the opportunity and learns that the town they're staying in is home to one of Alexander Calder's sculptures, The Minotaur. When Calder and his dad arrive in the small town, they find that not everyone is as excited about the sculpture as Calder is -- and quite a few people want it gone.

While Calder's dad is off at his seminars all day, Calder starts exploring the town and even goes to the famous Blenheim Palace gardens and maze. This is the ultimate place for Calder as he loves puzzles and mazes. One night, though, both Calder and the sculpture go missing.....a coincidence... maybe? When Calder doesn't show up after a couple of nights, his worry-stricken father brings in some back-up, Petra and Tommy. Together they will try and solve the mystery of where Calder is and what happened to the sculpture.

As always, Blue Balliett has created an intricately woven story which takes art, mystery, and friendship and turns it into one heck of a book. What's especially nice about THE CALDER GAME is that you don't necessarily have to have read the other books in the series (CHASING VERMEER and THE WRIGHT 3) to understand what's going on; while it would be nice, this story is complete on its own.

While I really liked this book, I'm not sure it was quite as good as the first, which often happens, but it was still really good. I liked all of the twists and turns in the mystery and it was fun trying to figure out what happened. I loved the underlying art theme, which made the book very interesting. I definitely think that it takes a certain type of person to want to read this book, as there is a lot of art talk, which I love, but others may not. All in all, I really enjoyed THE CALDER GAME and look forward to more in the series.

One last note! The illustrations in this book, while sparse, were incredible. I thought they really added to the story and I loved them.
NOLESGIRL More than 1 year ago
My son has read all books by Blue Baillett. He said this was a good story. With all her books, you learn a little history and geography along the way.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is the most mysterious and wonderful book I have ever read.It has kept me involved and has made me keep on reading it. Beautifully written.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Blue Balliet is an outstanding writer, she helps make the book rich and interesting. It was Marvelous and recommend it for all ages!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Chasing Vermeer (2004) is one of my favorite books. Set in any modern day time, this book is a mystery/adventure, and I recommend it for anyone. It can be a bit slow at times, but it's fast paced for the most part, and has a few easy to solve codes scattered throughout the book. Blue Balliet has done an amazing job writing this book, and I've begun the second book in this series, The Wright 3 (2006). If you take a close look at Bret Helquist's cover art, you'll see the pentominoe peices that make up the room. If you look closely at Mr. Helquist's inside art, you'll notice the occasional pentomino pieces and the frogs in every picture, cleverly hidden. Overall, Chasing Vermeer is well written, clever, and mysterious, with a full cast of characters and plenty of clues left behind by the author. Read Chasing Vermeer, if you haven't already; you'll be surprised. When a series of strange events start up in Calder Pillay's hometown, he teams up with his new friend, Petra Andalee, to solve the crime that has the FBI baffled. They must track down a stolen painting by the famous artist Vermeer. The painting, called The Lady Writing, was stolen while it was being shipped to an art museum in Chicago, to be put on display in an art show. Anyone could be the theif- and it's up to Calder and Petra to find out who he (or she) is. Meanwhile, Calder's friend Tommy Segovia, who's currently living in New York, is trying to solve a mystery of his own. His neighbor, Frog, went missing, and Tommy thinks he was kidnapped. How does the story end? Well, read it and find out! My name's Jenelle, and I enjoy reading books then commenting on them. I'm always open to recommendations, so if anyone has a good book they think I should read, feel free to tell me!
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MCC123098 More than 1 year ago
This book is a great book along with the others. But his one has a less than creative ending than the others. I highly recomend you buy this book its is great for 10+. All the books are very complex and never get boring. READ THEM ALL!
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The book is grea i the great blue baliat
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My teacher is reading it out loud i a wonderful book i am new at my school
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Blue Balliett has made a third book in the Calder series!! In this book, Calder and his dad fly to England for a little father-son bonding time. Sounds innocent, right? Well, no. When they get to England, they find an Alexander Calder sculpture. It's not supposed to be there. Then Calder goes missing with the sculpture!!! Pentominoes are in here too. I recommend this to any reader in fourth grade or up(including adults)to this series. I do have to say though, if you read Chasing Vermeer and The Wright Three first, it makes a whole lot more sense.~Etalien
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great! If you liked Chasing Vermeer, then you will love this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with the first two of Blue's books. It combines the two things I love. Mystery/Suspense and Art. This one is no exception. An another incredible book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is yet another great adventure. If you liked Chasing Vermeer and Wright 3 then you will love this book. Excellent mystery, clues, and fun.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Blue has published yet another wonderful book for all ages that has education, wit, and twists and turns. The only bad part is that there isn't really a AHA moment in the end.