The Calder Game

The Calder Game

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This new mystery from bestselling author Blue Balliett is now available in After Words paperback!

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 other people have less-than-friendly feelings towards it. Both the boy and the sculpture seem to be out of place . . . and then, on the same night, they disappear! Calder's friends Petra and Tommy must fly out to help his father find him. But this mystery has more twists and turns than a Calder mobile . . . with more at stake than first meets the eye.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780739368022
Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/01/2008
Age Range: 10 - 13 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

Brett Helquist was born in Ganado, Arizona, and grew up in Orem, Utah. He entered Brigham Young University as an engineering major, but soon realized this was not the right choice for him. Having decided to take time off from college, he headed to Taiwan where he stumbled into a job illustrating English textbooks, which he enjoyed. There, a friend introduced him to an illustration student, also from Brigham Young University. This introduction inspired Brett to eventually switch majors. After spending a year in Taiwan, he went back to BYU and transferred to the illustration department. In 1993 he received a fine arts degree in illustration.

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The Calder Game 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
callmecayce on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A fun, well written and engagingly read young adult/juvenile mystery set in both Chicago and a small town in England. The story revolves are three friends: Calder, Tommy and Petra. After visiting an Alexander Calder exhibit in Chicago, the three friends find themselves enamored with mobiles, but little do they know how important Alexander Calder will be. Calder, named after the artist, and his father take a trip to England and while there, Calder ends up disappearing. Fearing a kidnapping, or something even more sinister, Calder's father calls the two people who know him best, Tommy and Petra. The two friends must, with the help (and hindrances) of the adults in their lives, try to find Calder before it's too late. Balliett's novel is entertaining and Deirdre Lovejoy does a magnificent job bringing each of the characters to life. The audio book makes any long car trip go by in a flash.
connlibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Petra and Tommy team up for this mystery. This time they are looking for two Calder¿s. . . .the artwork and Calder himself. Artist Alexander Calder¿s Minotaur and the young Calder are discovered missing in the same day. Are the two connected? Will Petra and Tommy make it through this adventure unscathed? Will they find Calder before it¿s too late? As with ¿Chasing Vermeer¿ and ¿The Wright 3,¿ Balliet does a fabulous job creating a plot that keeps you guessing the whole time. She also has the remarkable ability to get the reader interested in and excited about art. Balliet¿s latest work is a worthy read for any juvenile or young adult reader. It is suitable for public and school libraries.
librariankristin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In this third installment Balliett's Petra & Calder books, Calder travels to a small village in England with his father where an Alexander Calder stabile is causing a great deal of controversy. When Calder disappears, Tommy and Petra travel to England to help find him. As in the previous titles, much intriguing art history information as well as a coded message in Brett Helquist's illustrations are included.
rfewell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I don't think it was as good as the Wright 3, but I enjoy these smart 7th graders and their adventures.
mmpvppl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great story. Slightly unbelievable to me that such young kids could fare so well alone in a foreign country. I really enjoyed learning about Alexander Calder, although, I wasn't real clear on the whole puzzle thing. I think some kids would really like that, though. I wouldn't suggest to a younger child due to the fact that the boy is kidnapped and it might be seen as slightly scary.
stephaniechase on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The third time is not the charm for teen whizzes, friends, and occasional sleuths Calder, Petra, and Tommy, introduced in Vermeer Chase and The Wright 3. Two Calders go missing: are the missing boy and the missing sculpture connected? The Calder Game seeks to provide the reader a new way to view the world through Alexander Calder-esque models and drawings, but instead suffers from shoving too much the reader¿s way: unhappy seventh graders, a nasty teacher, a thrilling exhibit of Calder¿s work, a trip to England, a secret benefactor, Blenheim Palace, a possible kidnapping, possible stolen art¿ In seeking to balance the many elements, author Blue Balliett instead creates a novel where the connections feel strained, the emotions and mystery forced, and the story and character development mostly improbable. Fortunately, the book has some successes: a passionate description of the work of Alexander Calder, and the sharp, immediately recognizable illustrations of Brett Helquist, known best for Lemony Snicket¿s Series of Unfortunate Events. The reader can only hope Balliett can return to her earlier success with the fourth adventure clearly hinted here. Reminiscent of old children¿s mysteries, where the danger is not real and the teens stumble upon the answer to the puzzle.
KarenBall on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Awesome mystery! Lots of twists and turns in this one, which is third in the mysteries series. It made me want to find out all about Alexander Calder and his art! Calder Pillay accompanies his father to England, where his father is attending a conference in Oxford. They stay at a tiny bed-and-breakfast in Woodstock, just outside of Oxford. The village has received an anonymous gift of a large Alexander Calder sculpture, which has been placed in the town square. Calder (the boy) is fascinated by the red sculpture, titled "Minotaur" but the residents of the village are generally displeased with the gift and they complain about it. Because his name is the same as the sculptor, and because he is an American and an outsider, Calder is also shunned by the people as he wanders around exploring the town's castle, gardens, and giant maze. One night, Calder doesn't come back to the inn as expected, and the same night the sculpture disappears also. Calder's friends Petra and Tommy, supervised by the intrepid Mrs. Sharpe, fly out to help find Calder when his mother falls accidentally and cannot make the trip. Where is Calder, and where is the sculpture, and are the two disappearances related? Lots of puzzles! For 6th grade and up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Chasing Vermeer (2004) is one of my favorite books. Set in any modern day time, this book is a mystery/adventure, and I recommend it for anyone. It can be a bit slow at times, but it's fast paced for the most part, and has a few easy to solve codes scattered throughout the book. Blue Balliet has done an amazing job writing this book, and I've begun the second book in this series, The Wright 3 (2006). If you take a close look at Bret Helquist's cover art, you'll see the pentominoe peices that make up the room. If you look closely at Mr. Helquist's inside art, you'll notice the occasional pentomino pieces and the frogs in every picture, cleverly hidden. Overall, Chasing Vermeer is well written, clever, and mysterious, with a full cast of characters and plenty of clues left behind by the author. Read Chasing Vermeer, if you haven't already; you'll be surprised. When a series of strange events start up in Calder Pillay's hometown, he teams up with his new friend, Petra Andalee, to solve the crime that has the FBI baffled. They must track down a stolen painting by the famous artist Vermeer. The painting, called The Lady Writing, was stolen while it was being shipped to an art museum in Chicago, to be put on display in an art show. Anyone could be the theif- and it's up to Calder and Petra to find out who he (or she) is. Meanwhile, Calder's friend Tommy Segovia, who's currently living in New York, is trying to solve a mystery of his own. His neighbor, Frog, went missing, and Tommy thinks he was kidnapped. How does the story end? Well, read it and find out! My name's Jenelle, and I enjoy reading books then commenting on them. I'm always open to recommendations, so if anyone has a good book they think I should read, feel free to tell me!
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The book is grea i the great blue baliat
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My teacher is reading it out loud i a wonderful book i am new at my school
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Blue Balliett has made a third book in the Calder series!! In this book, Calder and his dad fly to England for a little father-son bonding time. Sounds innocent, right? Well, no. When they get to England, they find an Alexander Calder sculpture. It's not supposed to be there. Then Calder goes missing with the sculpture!!! Pentominoes are in here too. I recommend this to any reader in fourth grade or up(including adults)to this series. I do have to say though, if you read Chasing Vermeer and The Wright Three first, it makes a whole lot more sense.~Etalien