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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,450 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Blue Balliett Narrator: Ellen Reilly Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2006 ISBN: 9780307284303
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In this intricate, magnificently imagined sequel to Blue Balliett's international bestseller, Chasing Vermeer, supersleuths Petra and Calder, along with Calder's old friend, Tommy, are cryptically drawn into another art mystery–this time involving a Frank Lloyd Wright architectural masterpiece, the Robie House.

When the kids' sixth-grade class attempts to save the Hyde Park landmark from demolition, eerie events are reported: voices float out from within, shadows shift behind the art-glass windows, even the roof moves! Suddenly, a well-meaning art restoration project turns into a frightening search for ghosts, hidden treasure, and a coded message left behind by Wright. In this tangled web where life and art intermingle with death and danger, can the kids pursue justice and escape with their lives? Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The shifting third-person narrative effectively captures the children’s tense struggle to transform from duo to trio, and transmits their shared delight in puzzling, excavating and thinking deeply, creating a similarly heightened alertness in the reader.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “A worthy follow-up and provides a wonderful opportunity for young readers to think about buildings as art.”

    VOYA

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley | 2/19/2014

    " Another great mystery with Calder, Petra, and Tommy. This book and its predecessor are very interesting youth mysteries-they incorporate history, art, math, science and the unexplainable in ways that cause me to think deeply, which is a challenge considering it's a middle-grades novel and I'm 28. Or maybe that says something about my intellectual abilities! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marilyn | 2/16/2014

    " Intriguing story, but it was a little hard getting started. The story stirred my interest in the already popular Frank Lloyd Wright architecture. I am sure this one will be pitched for a movie! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caleb | 2/15/2014

    " this was the first book i read by miss blue and is was amazing the excitement and the adventure flowed with each other this was and still is one of my fav books "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 2/15/2014

    " Picking up where Chasing Vermeer left off, the reader is reunited with Petra, Calder and Tommy. In Chasing Vermeer, Tommy and Calder were best friends. But Tommy moved away and Petra moved in. Petra and Calder became fast friends. Petra and Calder solved the Vermeer mystery together. Now Tommy is back and the trio makes for an uneasy triad. It's as much a book about friendship as it is about solving a mystery. This time the mystery centers around the Robie House, a Frank Lloyd Wright house in Chicago. The house has fallen into disrepair and the University cannot raise enough funds to care for it. The house is to be cut up, with parts of it going to four museums for display. The house itself seems mightily opposed to the idea, which brings into question how an inanimate object might be animated and expressive. Frank Lloyd Wright grappled with this question in his architecture himself, wishing to create a living space in harmony with the natural environment. Their teacher, the lively and unpredictable Ms. Hussey, has tasked her sixth graders with answering the question of whether a building can be a piece of art. Is there any way these sixth graders can save Robie House? There is much to consider in the book. There is the story of Frank Lloyd Wright and his architecture, pentominoes, secret codes, hidden elements in the illustrations , Hitchcock's movie Rear Window and, references to great literature, particularly The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison. All in all, a very enjoyable read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 2/6/2014

    " Another great book by Balliett. I love that it exposed us to Frank Lloyd Wright. My boys have been talking about the Robie House now and even built it out of blocks. Great book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsay | 2/6/2014

    " Great kids book. I read it with my son - he also enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennie | 1/29/2014

    " We listened to this on a recent roadtrip. Got it for my 9-year old, but we all got wrapped up in it. This is a fun adventure centered around Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House in Chicago. Lots of great cultural references are scattered throughout. We found ourselves googling famous works of art (and the Robie house) that were referenced throughout. Good summer read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 1/20/2014

    " I didn't realize until I started listening that this was a sequel. I found it to be a light and a fun mystery that kept me listening, I liked how the three kids figure out how to be a threesome which is often a challenge in friendships. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tess | 1/20/2014

    " Read along with my 4th grader. The second book in a series of three. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Camilla | 12/24/2013

    " This is a fun mystery for pre-teens. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 12/19/2013

    " Sequel to Chasing Vermer. This time the artist is Frank Lloyd Wright, and 3 young friends try to save a Wright house from distruction. Lots of fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allison | 12/6/2013

    " I preferred "Chasing Vermeer", but this is a great story also. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Imani Douglas | 12/5/2013

    " Pretty good book full with secrets, lies and trust. I loved it but i dont think i like it better than the first book. Still im gonna read the Calder Game to see, maybe ill love it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tuesdi | 12/1/2013

    " We like the mystery of these books. They are fun to read. We are currently reading the third book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cathy | 11/17/2013

    " good suspense with Invisible Man, man in black cape, murder in the classroom. weakness of book hinges on end where everything is summarized in the final chapters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caryl | 10/27/2013

    " Fun mystery fiction combined with some real history. 2nd in a series by Blue Balliett. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 10/13/2013

    " I love Blue Balliett! Her books are clean and refreshing. I love the amount of research she puts into the books to craft her mysteries. So much fun. Great for higher grades in elementary and middle school. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gena Lott | 8/6/2013

    " This is not the best of the three books by Balliett. Some of the connections that create the mystery are hard to understand, I think they would be doubly so for a 4th - 6th grader. But the wonderful characters of the previous books are still as engaging as ever. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 3/21/2013

    " Another fun adventure from Blue Balliet. Still too much coincidence and reliance on everything being intertwined in a puzzle. But Balliet plays well to her audience and keeps things light and fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gary | 2/17/2013

    " Second in the series. Not as good as 1, but still fun. Learn a lot about Frank Lloyd Wright too. Max says 3 1/2. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Drianne | 12/22/2012

    " Totally not as good as the first one. My mother says we've actually seen the house it's about; I don't remember that at all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lukia *Oh. My. Word.* | 11/12/2012

    " Three young kids,Danny,Calder and Petra search for the mystery behind the wright house. Takes place in Chicago and is a satisfying campanion to Chasing Vermeer "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Imani ♥ ☮ | 9/23/2012

    " Disappointing compared to the first book in this series. But at least it wasn't as bad as the book after this, The Calder Game. Gosh... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie | 7/2/2012

    " Not as interesting, but very good. I like these books because I live in chicago and i was the same age as Tommy Petra and Calder when I read it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Somya | 5/9/2012

    " The enticing sequel to Chasing Vermeer!!!! Read it if you to find out if a piece of art gets murdered!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chyann W. | 11/13/2011

    " i loved the hidden clues in this book it was awesome!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Magda | 9/12/2011

    " I enjoyed this sequel to Chasing Vermeer, but got pretty annoyed at the "OH! COINCIDENCE!" thing happening all the time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jay | 7/7/2011

    " Read this is school maaaaaany many years ago... an intriguing mystery with red herring jumping right and left! I think this is a companion to a book that is much more famous called Chasing Vermeer, which I did not read. "

  • 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. 2nd in a series by Blue Balliett. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kalessin | 6/15/2011

    " Every bit as good as Chasing Vermeer! Definitely worth the read, even though it is intended for younger audiences. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robyn | 6/9/2011

    " This is the second in the series. Liked it as well as the first. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sydney | 5/22/2011

    " Just as good as the first "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Olivia | 5/12/2011

    " This give you the same edge as Chasing Vermeer and anyone in need of a good mystery should check this out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie | 2/27/2011

    " Not as interesting, but very good. I like these books because I live in chicago and i was the same age as Tommy Petra and Calder when I read it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 1/23/2011

    " I couldn't find the fish in all of the illustrations - but I found most of them! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellie | 1/12/2011

    " Greatest book ever. Isabel this would be a good book to read to Catherine "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paula | 12/23/2010

    " A mystery about 3 sixth graders and Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House in Hyde Park. Good book for young readers and a fun way to learn about Wright and a local landmark. The illustrations in the book are fascinating. "

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About the Author
Author Blue Balliett
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 www.blueballiettbooks.com.