In my opinion, books are the best accessory.
”Pull up a chair, it’s a Saturday Book Share”.
Here’s to celebrating books that strike my fancy every week!
Pieces and Players by Blue Balliett – Mystery – 4th grade and up – Release date: March 31st, 2015 – I was so happy to experience this mystery after loving the other books by Blue Balliett. meeting up with many Blue Balliett characters was bliss, especially some I adored from other books beyond the mysteries with Calder, Petra and Tommy. I adored Hold Fast and reading about Early and her family in this book was quite a lovely treat, always wanted more after finishing the book. This was quite an interesting book. I enjoyed the magical elements that popped up in this, really good element mixed in. There were many mysterious characters and questionable situations that led the children to many different solutions. Really wonderful to read about Calder, Petra and Tommy growing up, becoming a little awkward in their teen age, and I loved how they still approach solving mysteries in their own quirky ways. I also appreciated reading about Zoomy again after reading Blue Balliett’s book The Danger Box… One of those ideal moments where you think to yourself, wouldn’t it be fun to have characters you enjoyed in different books meet one another? Why yes, Blue Balliett did so in this treasure… her fans will be so pleased! (I certainly was…) Highly recommended.
Book Talk: Put together a number of talented sleuths and you never know what adventure they might have. Especially if they are searching for thirteen pieces of art all stolen in the same night!
“THE PIECES: Thirteen extremely valuable pieces of art have been stolen from one of the most secretive museums in the world. A Vermeer has vanished. A Manet is missing. And nobody has any idea where they and the other eleven artworks might be . . . or who might have stolen them.
THE PLAYERS: Calder, Petra, and Tommy are no strangers to heists and puzzles. Now they’ve been matched with two new sleuths — Zoomy, a very small boy with very thick glasses, and Early, a girl who treasures words . . . and has a word or two to say about the missing treasure.
The kids have been drawn in by the very mysterious Mrs. Sharpe, who may be playing her own kind of game with the clues. And it’s not just Mrs. Sharpe who’s acting suspiciously — there’s a ghost who mingles with the guards in the museum, a cat who acts like a spy, and bystanders in black jackets who keep popping up.
With pieces and players, you have all the ingredients for a fantastic mystery from the amazing Blue Balliett.”
About Pull up a chair, it’s a Saturday Book Share: I’ve had many books I review that I just want to feature. Simple and easy, celebrate a new book encounter. So that’s what Saturday Book Share is about for me, celebrating books! Perhaps some days I’ll share the book with a short reading of a portion. Or perhaps other days I’ll just share a glimpse of the book.
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