The Danger Box

The Danger Box

by Blue Balliett
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The Danger Box by Blue Balliett

An all-new mystery from the bestselling author of Chasing Vermeer and The Calder Game!

A boy in a small town who has a different way of seeing.
A curious girl who doesn't belong.
A mysterious notebook.
A missing father.
A fire.
A stranger.
A death.

These are some of the things you'll find within The Danger Box, the new mystery from bestselling author Blue Balliett.

Open with care.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780439852104
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 06/01/2012
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 438,884
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About 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

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Danger Box 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think this is a good book for kids who likes mysteries.My favorite parts in this book are the Gas Gazette Issues.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Twelve-year-old Zoomy Chamberlain has poor eyesight, OCD, and craves structure. Left on his grandfather's doorstep, Zoomy has been raised by his grandparents and trained to do things differently. Things get turned upside down, however, when his estranged, alcoholic father shows up and gives Zoomy a mysterious box. Inside this box is a notebook wrapped in a blanket. Coping with life by making lists and keeping notebooks, Zoomy is understandably drawn to the book. While looking through it with his grandparents, he finds clues relating to Charles Darwin. With the help of a summer visitor friend named Lorrol, Zoomy looks into the origins of the notebook. Before the two friends can delve further into the book's history, though, it is mysteriously stolen. Is there someone who doesn't want the origins of the notebook to be discovered? What is the mystery behind the book? What dangers lie ahead for Zoomy and Lorrol? This is a great, action-packed mystery for reluctant readers. The characters are well-drawn, and the plot is unique, well-developed, and does a good job of holding the reader's interest. Those who like mysteries, adventure, and action will enjoy reading THE DANGER BOX.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a class, we read Blue Balliett's first two books; Chasing Vermeer and The Wright 3 and my 5th graders loved them. We studied art and architecture, used pentominoes and created secret messages! The Danger Box has new characters and a new setting and I believe it will also provide wonderful "teachable moments" in the classroom!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As is characteristic of her previous novels, The Danger Box is a masterfully written piece of fiction. Blue manages to incorporate interesting and believable characters with an intriguing plot and a mystery that includes an historical person about whom the reader can learn. The characters struggle with their own physical difficulties and family problems, as well as emotional and moral struggles the discovery of a marvelous artifact entails. The main character manages to triumph over his difficulties and to discover similar traits within the historical person he has grown to admire. He is also lucky enough to discover his own inner strength and an amazing new friend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved that book and i strongly inform you to read the book! In the story, danger box the book is a mystery book and kind of a adventuious book were ziggy ( the main character) meets another girl and they become best of friends and ziggy goes through alot of rough times, like the store burns down and his real father hates his guts so he lives with his grandparets! And the really sad part of the book is when ziggy looks up information about his real dad his dad comes and pushes ziggy down a long staircase and ziggy is special needed and his dad threatens to hurt him and his familly! But other than that you should read the book. Also you need to know the main idea of the book while your reading and to understand it, to make the story make sense! So go out there and read, reading is really good for you, like i read 7 chapter books with like 400 pages in each, in two months! But again, you dont have to be like me you can be who ever you want to be but just do what you want to do and make a good living out of it and you could learn how to love your life! Reading is like writing a book you have to understand the book to write the book!!! READ the book, ill know you wil love it as much as i loved it! ;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like the illustarter becuse he drew pictures of the baudlare chikdren and i love that series also the authir becuse i love the characters petra calder and tommy so can u plz make more of thise books i think there really good and bret helguist keep doing more fantanstic drawing and blue balliet good books plz keep makinv more im only a kid but i like ur stories
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"!!!!""!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!6!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read the first 25 pages and did not understand a thing. But i read other peoples revews and they make it sound amazing! Especially because I lOVE mystery books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would save this book for a slightly older age group than the Vermeer series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the things I love about Blue's books is how they treat the young reader with respect by including complexities and layers without constant over explanation and cushioning. The characters in this novel are so incredibly intricate and fascinating. The beginning of the book really takes time laying out the groundwork and then, whooooosh! It takes off and it is quite hard to put it down. I ended the story feeling so much for Zoomy and his family. I cannot wait for more children to read and fall in love with this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago