Pieces and players book summary
Brain-teasing adventure for thinking kids. Her characters are just the right combination of awkward and inspired, and their journey into the Chicago art world — complete with a visit to the Chicago Picasso sculpture in Daley Plaza — is full of intriguing twists and turns… One of the pleasures of Pieces and Players is that it explores many gifts: the ability to make unlikely friends, to get adults to tell you their secrets, to connect with a work of art. Kids will find a lot to love in this tale teeming with art and ideas. This is an engaging mystery in which books are both the problem and the solution, and the author shows that the fight to hold fast to your dreams rewards those who persevere. The shelter is an uneasy refuge… but the multifaceted Early Pearl, ever observant and always pondering, shines as bright as any diamond. It is first and foremost a great story crafted by a writer who really did find out absolutely everything she needed to discover.
Sign up for our newsletters! In this entertaining crossover mystery, characters from different Blue Balliett novels join forces to solve the most difficult art-related mystery yet. In three previous novels, Blue Balliett has portrayed three University of Chicago Lab School students Petra, Tommy and Calder who solve mysteries related to art and architecture. Firmly grounded in the real world, using real-life landmarks and masterpieces as inspiration, the mysteries also brought together three unusual kids who form an unlikely friendship thanks to their unique problem-solving skills. Zoomy, who is legally blind, and Early, who lives in a nearby but very different neighborhood of Chicago, each bring their own skills and experience to the problem they are about to solve.
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