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"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 JOURNAL
Praise for THE WRIGHT 3:
*"Another tour de force." -- KIRKUS REVIEWS, starred review
Praise 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 BOOKS
A 2013 Parents' Choice Gold Award Winner
Posted March 1, 2013
This book is by far the best Blue Balliett book. Join Early Pearl as she, her mom Summer, and her little brother Jubilation hold fast to the family. Unfortunately, there are no pentominoes in this one. I recommend this for any reader(including any adults who are Blue Balliett fans)ages eight and up. Happy reading!~Etalien
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Posted May 11, 2014
Posted May 9, 2014
This was a weird read for me. I expected to like this book a lot, but unfortunately, it just didn't measure up to my expectations.
The Pearl family ends up homeless after their father mysteriously disappears. The first half of the book deals with homeless life, getting settled and adjusting to living in a shelter, etc. It isn't until the second half of the book that we get any clues on the missing father.
I had a difficult time connecting to the style of writing and to the characters. I went into the book expecting a mystery, and ended up getting wrapped up in the social issue surrounding homeless families. Just when I had adjusted my thinking to that side of the story, it became a mystery again. There was also a lot of talk of rhythm, numbers, and poetry. I will admit that my thoughts wandered in those parts.
On the plus side, I did like the mystery. Not everything was believable, but that's okay. Ultimately, I'd say give this book a shot. Most of the reasons I had for not enjoying the book were due to my own personal taste, so you may love it. Besides, the cover is ah-mazing!
Posted March 7, 2014
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