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The Wright 3 by Blue Balliett
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Jul 05, 10

bookshelves: adventure, detective-mystery, realistic-fiction, series, tween
Read in January, 2009

This builds on the story of Chasing Vermeer. Now Petra and Calder are joined by a new detective, Tommy. I was drawn into this story because the mystery revolves around one of Frank Lloyd Wright's houses, and talks about issues of preservation and what is worth preserving. Balliett also did a nice job with the group dynamics of the three kids. Petra and Tommy are each jealous of what the other has with Calder, and as the story moves along their relationship is continually changing. Hard choices are also addressed, for example, what do you do when you find something valuable that doesn't belong to you? The illustrations were fun and overall it was an enjoyable little mystery, and the ending was reasonably unpredictable.
Any reader who enjoyed Chasing Vermeer should enjoy this as well. Mystery-lovers or art-lovers should get into this. Readers who like when the kids take charge and solve the mystery should find this pretty satsifying. This seems a gender-neutral book.
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