The Danger Box

Hardcover | September 1, 2010

byBlue Balliett

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A sight-impaired boy in a small town.
A mischievous girl who won't stay in one place.
A mysterious notebook belonging to a world-famous scientist.
A fire.
A stranger.
A death.

These are the contents of The Danger Box, a spellbinding new mystery from Blue Balliett. History, mystery, and science all collide as a small boy in a small town becomes part of something much, much bigger than himself.

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A sight-impaired boy in a small town.A mischievous girl who won't stay in one place.A mysterious notebook belonging to a world-famous scientist.A fire.A stranger.A death.These are the contents of The Danger Box, a spellbinding new mystery from Blue Balliett. History, mystery, and science all collide as a small boy in a small town becom...

Blue Balliett's grew up in New York City, where she often visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim Museum. Blue studied Art History at Brown University. She taught at the University of Chicago Laboratory School before becoming a full time writer. Her first novel, Chasing Vermeer, won over a dozen awards and sold in twe...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 8.53 × 5.76 × 1.02 inPublished:September 1, 2010Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0439852099

ISBN - 13:9780439852098

Appropriate for ages: 9

Customer Reviews of The Danger Box


Rated 4 out of 5 by from My First Balliett Won't Be My Last Reason for Reading: I really only read this because I had received a review copy in the mail. I don't think it would have normally appealed to me otherwise. I'm sorry it took me so long to read this book as I really enjoyed it. I love mysteries, as an adult, but don't usually read kid mysteries often except as read alouds and then I stick with tried and true authors I already know. Blue Balliett is new to me, so I haven't read her other critically acclaimed books but if this is only a sample of her work then I know I'm in for a treat reading her backlist. This was a fun, exciting mystery based on a real missing item. Mixing science, history and mystery together with real life issues such as having only one parent or being raised by grandparents this is a gripping story and mystery. Add quirky characters and humour and you get a great book. One of the fun things about the book is that it is written in short chapters that vary in length, to as short as one page. Interspersed between the chapters is a kid produced newsletter that gives details of someone's life and asks the reader to guess "who am I?" in each issue. While the mystery and side stories are entertaining, it is the two main characters that make the book. First is Zoomy, a half-black boy being raised by his white grandparents who has never met his real parents and has Pathological Myopia. He also has obsessive and anxiety issues making him a truly quirky character. When he meats his new friend she nicknames him Brain Boy. The other character is Firecracker Girl, Zoomy's nickname for her, until he learns her real name is Lorrol. Lorrol is loud, says what she wants as soon as it comes to her head and always on the go. She lives with her mother, a bad speller (just look at her name!), and doesn't even know who her father was/is. These two make a great team and are endearing characters. One small caveat. As a Christian I did have a slight issue with one of the topics, which I can't mention because of the mystery, being Catholic it wasn't that big a deal to me, as it may be to some others, but the author was pushing her opinion against a religious one and I found one of her arguments of 'truth' to be fallacious. Otherwise I am looking forward to reading Ms. Balliett's backlist and glad to have found such an exciting new-to-me author.
Date published: 2012-01-04

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Editorial Reviews

Praise for The Calder Game"As she did in Chasing Vermeer and The Wright 3, Balliett builds intriguing, page-turning puzzles that explore art and the nature of friendship." -Seattle Post-Intelligencer"Fans of Blue Balliett's earlier art-world mysteries-Chasing Vermeer and The Wright 3-will be delighted to know she's back." -Washington Post"Balliett again offers readers new ways to think." -Booklist, starred review"Acclaimed for her sophisticated juggling of art concepts, mystery, philosophy and storytelling, Balliett outdoes herself with this ambitious novel... Motivated readers will treasure this provocative title." -Publishers Weekly, starred review>br>"Fans of the author's previous novels are in for a treat in this latest adventure." -School Library Journal, review"Balliett successfully combines art history, historical locations, suspense and intrigue into an exciting and mind-spinning mystery filled with clues, puzzles, and more twists and turns than the Blenheim Palace maze. This is Balliett at her best." -School Library Journal, featured as SLJ's "Hot Pick."