Latest Blue Balliett Stories

2008-06-19 06:00:12

This may not be a Harry Potter summer, but there are plenty of great reads. Here are our eight picks for fiction page-turners. ___ "The Calder Game" (Scholastic, $17.99) by Blue Balliett brings back the super sleuths from Chicago, who this time end up in England solving a mystery. Calder Pillay heads to Britain first, and right to a town with an Alexander Calder sculpture causing some controversy. Petra and Tommy fly over to find clues to find Calder when he disappears. "The Penderwicks...

2008-03-14 12:00:30

NBC "Today" anchor, Al Roker, announced The New York Times best-selling children's novel "Chasing Vermeer" by author Blue Balliett and illustrated by Brett Helquist, as Al's Book Club For Kids next book pick. To encourage kids to read more, Al Roker selects titles geared toward children ages 8-12 years old and invites them to read along and e-mail questions for the author. Blue Balliett will appear live on TODAY in May to answer questions from viewers. For more information about Al's Book...

2006-07-10 00:03:29

By Borys Kit LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Australian filmmaker P.J. Hogan ("Muriel's Wedding") has signed on to direct "Chasing Vermeer," a mystery-adventure described as a "Da Vinci Code" for tweens. The Warner Bros. project, based on Blue Balliett's best-selling children's book, revolves around a boy and girl who attend the University of Chicago's Laboratory Schools, a school for the gifted. The two sixth-graders team to solve the theft of a painting by 17th century painter...

Word of the Day
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.