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The Calder Game by Blue Balliett
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Jan 29, 2010

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bookshelves: 5011, children-fiction, friendship, mystery, art, puzzles
Read from January 27 to 29, 2010

Calder Pillay and his father,Walter travel to Woodstock, England and are delighted and thrilled with the surprise that an original Calder work of art is smack-dab in the middle of the town. Its recent arrival in this quaint, quirky town is not at all welcome however. The townspeople loathe its modernity. While Walter goes off to his conference every day, Calder is left alone to explore the town. He meets a young man in the town square, find they say a love of puzzles and art, and decide to explore Blenheim Park the next day. Blenheim Park is a age-old piece of land, home to palace, but more importantly, rich with mysteries, mazes, and never-solved puzzles. Calder is thrilled! But, the next day, Calder goes missing as does this mystery man Calder went off with. Walter is frightened and scared and enlists the help of Calder's two best friends, Petra Andalee and Tommy Segovia. Tommy and Petra travel to Woodstock from their home in Hyde Park, Chicago with their chaperon, Mrs. Sharpe. She is a hardened, crusty semi-investigator. All four of them, with the help of the police, try to piece together scant clues to find Calder. And, what is this mysterious Calder Game that the artist is brewing? Does Calder, the boy and Calder, the artist have more in common than a shared name?

The Calder Game is heavy on historical and geographical snippets and tests the reader's knowledge of little known facts. It is a mystery that weaves around clues, much like a maze weaves around and around without a clear end.

The body of the story is engaging, however, the ending leaves the reader feeling disappointed. Alls-well-that-ends-well...hmmm, maybe not in this case.

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message 1: by Angie (last edited Jan 27, 2010 06:28PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Angie I can't wait to read this I was really into the first book so the second and third ones should be just as good.

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