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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,669 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Blue Balliett Narrator: Deirdre Lovejoy Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2008 ISBN: 9780739368015
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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 dissapear!!!!

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. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole | 2/17/2014

    " It took me longer to get into this one than the other two, possibly because I'm not very familiar with Calder's work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gkeller123 | 2/1/2014

    " Parts of this were a little strange, but I really like this series. I heard something on the news yesterday about a graffiti artist named Banksy, who had done a piece of graffiti in Utah. That is one of the minor characters in this book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon | 2/1/2014

    " Another fun book in this series. The characters continue to age well and realistically and it was lovely to see Petra and Tommy's relationship evolve in this book. The change of scenery was nice as well and I found it intriguing to read about Alexander Calder's art in this context. I've always seen his art as more whimsy than art, so it was good to challenge my own thinking regarding the value of his art. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 1/27/2014

    " Fun and quick read. Not as good as the first book. I kept waiting for a stronger connection between the artist and the mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 JoLee | 1/22/2014

    " This book is really pretty different than the first two in the series. The setting is different; we are now in England rather than in Chicago. And the kids don't work together as much. Instead Calder is MIA for most of the book, which is kind of too bad because he's my favorite of three kids. The premise is that Calder and his dad take a trip to England. They are staying in a small town that has recently received an anonymous gift of a Alexander Calder stabile. The town, however, is not a huge fan of the sculpture. Then one night, the sculpture and the boy of the same name disappear. Petra and Tommy come to England to try and help find their friend. The adults figure that the two kids would know best how Calder thinks, and that's how the author justifies their trip to England. I did like how Mrs. Sharpe is, as always, somehow involved in these cases. However, when the dust settles, I'm afraid the book really lacks foul play. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaethe | 1/21/2014

    " The other current read-aloud. Loved it, the mystery, the puzzles, the adventure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gina | 1/19/2014

    " This book is a good read for young readers from the ages of 9-12. It offers interesting characters and a good storyline. The author does a great job of offering some teaching elements without being too obvious. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 1/18/2014

    " This was okay. A nice surprise to find out there was a third book about these same characters. I know it's a middle-grade, so I probably shouldn't expect a high level of plot sophistication, but this one felt too fast and easy--there was a mystery, but not much of one. I guess I felt it should be drawn out more, with more clues. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aarans | 1/17/2014

    " Another young adult fiction. Just because it's young doesn't mean it sucks. It doesn't. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara K. | 1/13/2014

    " Great addition to the Chasing Vermeer group of books. This one is fun because the setting changes. I love that Alexander Calder's work is prominent in this book because I really love him. Can't wait to see what Blue Balliet does with Calder, Petra, and Tommy next! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adrian | 12/24/2013

    " These are great, informative books for kids that invoke the Art world and puzzle-solving. Imagine learning something as you read, as well as reading about kids who actually act like kids! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Margret | 12/15/2013

    " This book was awful compared to the Wright 3. Just... sloppily constructed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 11/30/2013

    " I love this series of books. I can't wait for the next one! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beth | 11/29/2013

    " Ho hum. Just ok. Chasing Vermeer was better. Now the story seems a bit tortured in trying to create mystery for the middle school trio to solve. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vicki | 6/30/2013

    " More from Blue Balliett...love the art history/mystery in her books! Reading a book like this always sends me on a Google search to find out more about the artworks and artists described. I get to dig up my own clues and answers! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caryl | 5/14/2013

    " Fun mystery fiction combined with some real history...3rd in a series by Blue Balliett. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela | 3/26/2013

    " Number three in the "Chasing Vermeer" series, can't put it down, great middle school read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley | 11/21/2012

    " Not as good as the first two, but still pretty good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 chris | 8/16/2012

    " not quite as much fun as the other blue balliett books, but it's certainly wide open for a sequel with a new english character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Warren Truitt | 4/22/2012

    " An OK mystery. The text was a little too repetitive and the "clues" fell too neatly into place. Having said that, I think lots of kids would like this third whodunnit from Balliett. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 12/15/2011

    " This wasn't as enjoyable or as compelling for me as the first two but I liked it. Anyone who loves puzzles will enjoy these stories. I would recommend beginning with the first book, Chasing Vermeer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcia | 11/1/2011

    " I enjoyed revisiting the quirky trio of Petra, Tommy and Calder from Chasing Vermeer. This mystery takes place primarily in England and incorporates the art of Alexander Calder, inventor of the mobile. A fun read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jill | 7/5/2011

    " Enjoyed it half way though, then found myself skimming pages as the kids were looking at lamo clues to find their friend. Dissapointed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caryl | 6/19/2011

    " Fun mystery fiction combined with some real history...3rd in a series by Blue Balliett. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon | 6/19/2011

    " These books are so fun and engaging. Why do I love mysteries all of a sudden? Especially these mysteries mixed with art and smart kids. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Audrey | 4/10/2011

    " Bettina Button really relates to some of my teachers. Having a past teacher like Ms. Hussey that Calder, Petra, and Tommy go to talk to about things... It all really helps me relate to the characters. I even got into pentominoes! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abbi | 3/11/2011

    " I liked this, with mazes and stuff. But sometimes, it got quite boring. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 3/10/2011

    " Listening to this on audiobook, I found my thoughts drifting away frequently and I had a hard time staying interested. The kids in the car liked it well enough to listen to the whole thing (many hours' worth) but didn't think it was fabulous. They also give it 3 stars. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kriss | 3/2/2011

    " A great conclusion to the trilogy. Hard to compete with The Wright Three but quality. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole | 2/28/2011

    " It took me longer to get into this one than the other two, possibly because I'm not very familiar with Calder's work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie | 2/25/2011

    " Great, It was puzzling and made you think as did all the other books in the series. I also loved this because I am a great fan of Alexander Calder and I went to the museum exhibit they went to in the book so i knew about some of the sculptures they talked about! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 1/21/2011

    " This was my favorite of the Tommy/Petra/Calder stories. "

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About the Author
Author Blue Balliett

Blue Balliett is the author of several acclaimed mystery novels, including The Wright 3, The Calder Game, The Danger Box, and Chasing Vermeer, an Edgar Award winner. She graduated from Brown with a degree in art history and currently resides in Chicago.