The Wright 3

The Wright 3

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From the New York Times-bestselling team behind Chasing Vermeer comes another thought-provoking art mystery featuring Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie house--now in After Words paperback!

Spring semester at the Lab School in Hyde Park finds Petra and Calder drawn into another mystery when unexplainable accidents and ghostly happenings throw a spotlight on Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House, and it's up to the two junior sleuths to piece together the clues. Stir in the return of Calder's friend Tommy (which creates a tense triangle), H.G. Wells's The Invisible Man, 3-D pentominoes, and the hunt for a coded message left behind by Wright, and the kids become tangled in a dangerous web in which life and art intermingle with death, deception, and surprise.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786290246
Publisher: Gale Group
Publication date: 10/18/2006
Series: Literacy Bridge Middle Reader Series
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 334
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 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 Prophet of Yonwood

By Jeanne Duprau Random House Books for Young Readers Copyright © 2006 Jeanne Duprau
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-439-69367-7

Chapter One The Inheritance

Nickie Randolph's first sight of the town of Yonwood was a white steeple rising out of the pine forest that covered the mountainside. She leaned forward, gazing through the windshield of the car. "Is that it?"

Her aunt Crystal, who was driving, put one hand up to shield her eyes from the rays of the setting sun. "That's it," she said.

"My new home," said Nickie.

"You have to get that notion out of your mind," said Crystal. "It's not going to happen."

I'm going to make it happen, thought Nickie, though she didn't say it out loud. Crystal's mood was already bad enough. "How long till we get there?" she asked.

"We'll be there in twenty minutes, if nothing else gets in our way."

A lot had gotten in their way so far. The Streakline train was closed down because of the Crisis, so they'd had to drive. They'd been on the road for seven hours, though the trip from Philadelphia should have taken no more than five. But long lines at gas stations, detours around pot-holed or snow-covered stretches of highway, and military roadblocks had slowed them down. Crystal didn't like delays. She was a fast-moving, efficient person, and when her way was blocked, she became very tense and spoke with her lips in two hard lines.

They came to the Yonwood exit, and Crystal turned off the highway onto a road that wound uphill. Here the trees grew thick on either side, and so tall that their bare branches met overhead, making a canopy of sticks. Drops of rain began to spatter the car's windshield.

After a while, they came to a sign that said, "Yonwood. Pop. 2,460." The trees thinned out, and the rain fell harder. They passed a few storage sheds, a collapsing barn, and a lumberyard. After that, houses began to appear on the side of the road-small, tired-looking wooden houses, their roofs dripping. Many of them had rockers or couches on the front porch, where people would no doubt be sitting if it weren't the dead of winter.

From a small brick shelter at the side of the road, a policeman stepped out holding a red stop sign. He held it up and waved it at them. Crystal slowed down, stopped, and opened her window. The policeman bent down. He had on a rain jacket with the hood up, and rain dripped off the hood and onto his nose. "Hello, ma'am," he said. "Are you a resident?"

"No," said Crystal. "Is that a problem?"

"Just doing a routine entry check, ma'am," the man said. "Part of our safety program. Had some evidence lately of possible terrorist activity in the woods. Your purpose here?"

"My grandfather has died," Crystal said. "My sister and I have inherited his house. I've come to fix the house up and sell it."

The man glanced at Nickie. "This is your sister?"

"This is my niece," said Crystal. "My sister's daughter."

"And your grandfather's name?" said the man.

"Arthur Green," said Crystal.

"Ah, yes," the policeman said. "A fine gentleman." He smiled. "You be careful while you're here, now. We've had reports indicating there may be agents of the Phalanx Nations traveling alone or in small groups in parts of the area. Have you been spoken to by any suspicious strangers?"

"No," said Crystal. "Just you. You seem very suspicious."

"Ha ha," said the man, not really laughing. "All right, ma'am," he went on. "You may go. Sorry for the delay, but as you know there's a crisis. We're taking every precaution."

He stepped away, and they drove on.

"Terrorists even here?" Nickie said.

"It's nonsense," said Crystal. "Why would a terrorist be wandering around in the woods? Pay no attention."


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Table of Contents


A Conversation with Blue Balliett

What do you want readers to come away with when they read The Wright 3?

BB: I want readers to come away with a sense of the mysteries and possibilities that surround us, even in our everyday lives. I love to read books that grab my attention and make me think, "Who knows? Why not?" I hope my books do this. Plus, I want readers of all ages to feel inspired about their ability to make intuitive, intelligent connections, and to think their way through tough problems and challenges. I'm thrilled when I hear from kids that my books make them feel more confident as thinkers and doers.

Had you always planned to write this sequel? How did the novel come to be?

BB:When I wrote Chasing Vermeer, I wasn't thinking about a sequel at all. But after the book was finished, I found that Petra and Calder weren't disappearing from my mind. I wanted to give them a completely different kind of art challenge to work on, and so I began scribbling down ideas about a piece of art that you could walk into, a piece of art that wasn't in a museum. That was the beginning of The Wright 3.

Who do you think this book will appeal to? Do you have a certain audience in mind when you write?

BB:I am always thinking about how kids see things, and that's only natural considering I've spent the last 25 years with kids, both as a mom of three and as a teacher. My audience is kids, probably independent readers of 10 and up, but I also think my books are for thinkers of all ages. I was so interested to see that in Italy there is both an adult edition of Chasing Vermeer (no illustrations) and a kids' edition that includes Brett Helquist's artwork. Both have sold well.

It's amazing how you bring together such seemingly unrelated elements from Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House to Fibonacci numbers to H. G. Wells' The Invisible Man to questions about art. Did you ever worry that the ideas were "too big" for kids?

BB:I never worry about these ideas being too big for kids. My books can be read on a number of levels, just as the world can be seen on a number of levels. And I believe in introducing kids to intriguing ideas like centuries-old number sequences and legends about invisibility, because what you are doing is seeding ideas that can only grow --sometimes many years into the future, but to me this is what education is all about. And I feel that kids aren't given nearly enough exposure to the joys and complexities of the art world. Kids need more access to big ideas and big questions.

Do you have a favorite character? When you were a kid, were you like any of your characters?

BB: I think asking an author about a favorite character is a bit like asking a parent about their favorite child -- each character is special when you are focused on bringing them to life in a book. But if I were to say which character feels most familiar to me, I'd have to say Petra. I've always liked playing around with words and wondering about things that grownups think are impossible. Plus, when I was Petra's age I was shaped a bit like a lima bean and wore glasses.

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The Wright 3 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 63 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this book. It is a great sequel to Chasing Vermeer. Calder, Petra, and this time Tommy, are back again. The old Robie house(built by Frank Lloyd Wright)is being torn down!! Calder is stuck between friends. Tommy and Petra are getting along like cats and dogs, and yes, pentominoes somehow fit in this mess. I recommend this to any reader. Blue Balliett does it again! If you like this book, be sure to get The Calder Game, Chasing Vermeer, and The Danger Box. This is definetly worth five stars. I loved reading this book and anyone including adults should read it.~Etalien
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Twelve-year-old Tommy Segovia has returned to Chicago after a year away, and everything is different. His old house is completely different, and he doesn't live there anymore. His best friend, Calder, seems to have a new best friend, and it's a girl! And, the city wants to tear down Robie House, the historic Frank Lloyd Wright home that has always been a fixture in their neighborhood.

Calder Pillay is torn between his two close friends. He and Tommy have been best friends forever, but he and Petra solved a major mystery and crime together (CHASING VERMEER). They both have great and different talents, and Calder knows that if they could just all work together they could make an amazing team. Maybe even good enough to save Robie House. But it looks like he's going to be stuck in the middle for awhile. If only people could be more like his pentominoes. (Pentominoes are a mathematical tool, a set of twelve shapes of five connected squares. Calder keeps a set in his pocket; they help him think.)

Petra Andalee is a quiet girl who likes her books and writing, and she can't figure out why Tommy dislikes her so much. She and Calder make a good team, and Tommy and Calder make a good team, so where's the problem? She's torn between wanting to prove herself and feeling like she shouldn't have to. Either way, she intends to find a way to save one of Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpieces.

Between Tommy's finding skills, Calder's logic, and Petra's unique analysis, they aren't about to let the house go quietly. Provided they trust each other enough. And the house might have a few things to say about it, too.

There is A LOT going on in this stand alone sequel to CHASING VERMEER.

Obviously there is the relationship between the three main characters, and the attempt to save Robie House. There is some Frank Lloyd Wright history, as well as Robie House-specific history. There is also mathematical figuring, and architectural oddities. There are even hidden pictures inside the illustrations. It also brings up some interesting ideas about the science of art and the art of science. There's so much happening that I almost feel like I need to go through the book a few separate times, looking at it from different angles.

There aren't many young fiction books geared toward a math/science type mind. If you're that type, I think you will really appreciate and enjoy this book. And even if you're not, it's still a good adventure!
wiseowlMN More than 1 year ago
Great book for gifted talented  or STEM programs as it includes problem solving, a famous person role model who is not a sports or Hollywood person, art, math concepts and ideas, and rich discussion possibilities. 
autum67AM More than 1 year ago
i love this because the book very detailed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Westing Game is WAY better but this is still a good book. When you finish this series, I highly recomend The Westing Game.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a amazing series 2nd. It has amazing detail and is written by a talented writer. (Blue Balliet). I highly recommend this book and the calder game. Makes more sense when you read the first (chasing vermeer). Then the second ( The wright 3). Then the third ( the calder game). An amazing series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
its a pretty good follow up book
Guest More than 1 year ago
Book 2 in a series, this one deals with a house (which was built by a famous architect and is a piece of art) that is going to be torn down and given to many different museums. The three kids try to stop it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had to read this book for school In my opinion this book is very boring doesn't make any sense and is not interesting but it's better than the 1rst one
aspen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
one of the best booksever writen
bplteen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Review by: Carina S The book "The Wright Three" by Blue Balliett and illustrated by Brett Helquist is one of the best books I have ever read. It is the second book in the series after "Chasing Vermeer." "The Wright Three" is about three kids who are trying to save a major piece of history of their city which is the Robbie House. Many coincidences occur that are all very related. This book is very suspenseful and keeps you on the edge of your seat. In the last book Calder and Petra (two of the kids) had helped solve another mystery. Now Calder's old friend has moved back and is trying to help them solve. However, Calder cannot get his two friends to get along. While they are investigating they do very daring things and risk their lives for each other. Have you have ever heard the expression, "make the reader think or act?" Blue Balliett was certainly successful at that! While I was reading I would have to run to a different place in the house because it was so creepy I would want to be in a brighter spot to read. I would strongly recommend this book to anyone, kids and adults. It is such a wonderful, page turning mystery!
SarahSpira on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
For anyone who grew up in Hyde Park, or knows the area well, The Wright 3 is a particularly delightful read. It is easy to picture the wonder and magic of Chicago from a child's perspective in Blue Balliett's writing and Brett Helquist's illustrations. The descriptions (and drawings) of the Art Institute are spot on. The story, while a tad far fetched, keeps up a good pace. The Wright 3 has the potential to captivate one's imagination at any age.I would certainly recommend reading The Wright 3, but perhaps after meeting the 6th grade sleuths in the previous book, Chasing Vermeer.
readingrat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Similar to Chasing Vermeer (by this same author) and Shakespeare's Secret by Elise Broach and every bit as enjoyable. In each, a group of kids stumble upon a mystery that ties back to a historical figure - both educational and entertaining.
anniecase on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Balliett's books turn me off somehow. They seem almost too clever for their own good and in the process of trying to create an intelligent mystery, she loses sight of her audience. This was a fast read without seeming to move that quickly and I found myself glad to be done with it. Having said that, this is a good choice for voracious readers and also for mystery lovers.
historycycles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
While Blue Balliett is a wonderful writer who is great at story telling from a kid's perspective, I was a bit disappointed with the way she ended "The Wright 3.""The Wright 3" is a puzzle mystery that involves three sixth graders, Tommy, Calder and Petra, whose teacher encourages them to get involved with saving Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House from imminent destruction. When they begin discovering coincidences and mysteries surrounding the house, they become determined not only to save the house, but solve the mystery using many clues, some of which were left by the architect himself.Although the story is well written, pulling you along through the twists and turn and encouraging you to solve the mystery along with the three kids, the ending was abrupt, disjointed and Balliett seemed almost eager to end the story. Rather than the mystery being solved by the kids, it was, in a way, solved by the bungling criminals. In some ways the ending reminded me of the old Scooby-Doo cartoons and I was just waiting for that famous line- "We would have gotten away with it too, if it hadn't been for you meddling kids." While I would recommend the book as a fun read, I would warn- be prepared for a somewhat disappointing ending.
MAINEiac4434 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In what is, what I consider, the strongest of the series, Calder and Petra are back in Chicago, rebounding from their recent art-conspiracy-cover-up that was in 'Chasing Vermeer', but now a cover up at the Chicago-Hyde Park area landmark the Robie House. With just that little inkling of creepiness in the background of Balliet's writing, The Wright 3 is a great read for kids and adults alike.
caro488 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Balliet, Blue - The Wright 3 - kids try to save the Frank Lloyd Wright Robie House from demolition - with reference to the Invisible Man - though that connection is tenuous.Sixth gradersTommy Segovia who had been away for a year, Calder Pillay with a pocketfull of pentominoes, and Petra Andalee of curly hair and thick glasses. Their teacher is a treee-hugger, who takes them on field trips apparently without permission and encourages revolt or subversion. In other words, unbelievable. Really.
laf on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In the book, The Wright 3 by Blue Balliet, three kids who call themselves the Wright 3, try to save Robie House (designed by the famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright) from demolition.I think the author tries to ask the question of whether the Robie House is a piece of art, or just a house. I believe that the Robie House is just a pretty house, not a work of art. You want to know why I think that? It¿s because there is one thing that defines a house. Is it a building that is lived in, or was lived in? Yes, Robie House was lived in, so it is a house, not a work of art.I know it goes against the spirit of it all, but I¿m a big picture kind of guy.The story was a good mystery, but I didn¿t completely enjoy it because it¿s not my kind of book. It was a suspenseful mystery that left you wondering what would happen next. I recommend it for people who like a thrilling mystery.
library-lisa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Calder and Petra once again find themselves intangled in a mystery, and this time they will get a little help from their friend Tommy. The three must hurry to save Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpiece, the Robie house from being demolished. The three discover that working together as friends will be the most important step in solving this perplexing mystery. I love this book and the characters; I can't wait to get my hands on the next one in the series, The Calder Game.
vannielou on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved this just as much as I loved the first one. At the beginning I was angry at the characters, but then problems settled out and it fixed itself. I love how this book takes you to a different kind of thinking, and I remember after finishing it I felt very peaceful, this book put me in an odd mood, it was very cool. If you liked the first, definitely read this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book seriously
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading this book on my Nook and it was so amazing I read it in one sitting! It was written for children but I loved it too. The story centers around kids trying to save one of Frank Lloyd Wright's house's-The Robie House in Chicago Illinois. The story is fiction but a lot of facts are part of the story too. The description of the house was wonderful. There mysteries and puzzles to figure out and a great ending. A must read!
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