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The Wright 3

(Chasing Vermeer #2)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  9,334 ratings  ·  623 reviews
From the New York Times bestselling team behind Chasing Vermeer comes another thought-provoking art mystery--featuring Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie house!
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
Hardcover, 318 pages
Published April 1st 2006 by Scholastic Press
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Calder and Petra form an (at first) uneasy alliance with Tommy Segovia, who was a minor character in the first book, to solve another mystery involving art. The sympathetic school teacher and the crusty but wise old lady put in appearances, and we get the usual overdone magical realism, as well as some rather one-dimensional villains. But, as in the first book, there are some enjoyable illustrations, and some historical facts which show a love of history and art.
Zach Schlamowitz
Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Rating: 4.5

Among the small number of you who read this, there may be an even smaller group of individuals who know me personally—and among this group of utmost puniness the following questions may arise: "What’s with all the kids’ books? Don’t you read content your age?" In short, my retort:

Walking along the quad of my local university a few weeks ago, my eye caught upon a blue tent with brown boxes stacked on a portable white table. Upon drawing near enough to make out the sign, I realized the
Blue Balliett's mystery books featuring the three amateur kid sleuths are just excellent! In The Wright 3, she deftly blends the art of Frank Lloyd Wright's architecture, math, and mystery into a compelling tale of suspense. And, she does it with no dead bodies. Very smooth indeed. As with Balliett's other two books I've read in this series, Chasing Vermeer and The Calder Game, she revs up my interest in the featured artist and leads me to even further reading. Now isn't that exactly what a grea ...more
Maeve Mccarthy
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The theme of this book is that there is always room for one more friend. Like how when Petra and Calder where friends and then Tommy Calder´s old friend moved back from his other house and wanted to be friends with Calder . Tommy was not being very nice to Petra and they did not like each other. This broke Calder´s heart and when they made up everyone was happy and they worked together and solved the mystery. They could not have solved the mystery without each other.
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
When I saw "middle-grade novel" on one of the reading challenges I'm doing this year, this book immediately came to mind. I had seen it many years ago at the Robie House gift shop, but felt like I'm too old to read it. This was a cute mystery that's great for Chicagoans and architecture nerds (both of which I am). I'd highly recommend this series to any of my friends with kids.
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I remember reading this years ago, and it was just as exciting now. It was maybe a bit too scary for me though, haha, I thought someone was gonna come kill me in the middle of the night.
Nov 20, 2014 rated it liked it
I haven’t read a children’s book for eight years, but when duty calls, we don’t say no. This is an entertaining book too, especially if you’re game for a lightweight mystery and don’t mind hastily tied ends. You don’t even have to have read the first one in the series.

It did help me to have read The Invisible Man because I’d hate to have incomplete knowledge of such an integral allusion. Yet I’m pretty sure very few young readers would have read Wells’s book before picking up (or being assigned)
Carol Baldwin
May 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Secret codes. Invisible men. Pentominoes. Fibonacci numbers. Hidden Pictures. Geometry. Red herrings. Murder. The Wright 3, a middle grade mystery for boys and girls by Blue Balliett, has all of these PLUS a plot that captures the reader’s attention and refuses to let go.

When 6th-graders Tommy, Calder, and Petra hear that the Robie House, a 1910 Frank Lloyd Wright house in their Chicago neighborhood, is to be cut into sections and donated to four museums, they band together to try and rescue thi
Jan 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kiddie-lit
Being familiar with Hyde Park, the University of Chicago and being intimately familiar with Robie House and other Wright buildings, I was a little worried. The author did a great job with this book. You can tell she understands children and her ability to spin a yarn while keeping it from getting maudlin or trite is greatly appreciated.

In the story, Robie House is once more being threatened by the wrecking ball. The university has been saddled with it for a lot of years and never did much in th
Dawn Michelle
Mar 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who loved history and a good detective story
Recommended to Dawn Michelle by: Read the author's first book and LOVED it!
Another great YA book by this author!! She has such an interesting way to tell a story and you actually have to think when reading her books (which I like ~ a challenge is always good)!!

This time, Calder and Petra are joined by Calder's old friend Tommy (who has to overcome his extreme jealousy over Calder and Petra's friendship, and also has to get over his reluctance to trust ANYONE [see first book "Chasing Vermeer":])as they learn about the soon-to-be-happen tearing apart of Frank Lloyd Wrigh
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is better than Chasing Vermeer like 100x!
Feb 19, 2009 rated it it was ok
I needed a break from the heavy fantasy of JRR Tolkien and this was in the free pile at work. Balliet's inspiration (From the Mixed-Up Files...) is one of my favorite YA reads and I love Helquist's illustrations, so I thought I'd give it a shot.

The story is a bit far-fetched (natch), and there are too many loose ends (did the house REALLY come alive? Who was saying "stay and play?" Who was the man in the cape on the train?) and too many supernatural elements which were sort of brushed aside in t
Kata Bel Air
Mar 10, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: crap-tastic
Ah. Another forcefed book by Blue Balliet.

After reading Chasing Vermeer(and wanting to slit my throat throughout), I had no intention of reading the sequel, seeing as most sequels are never as good as the original anyway. But, my teacher just absolutely had to choose it for some required reading. I almost died.

Following the previous awful plot of Chasing Vermeer, these Chicago kids decide that since they solved the painting mystery, they must be able to do anything. So they decide to form some
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was very interesting and always kept me turning the page. There are three main characters. These are, a girl named Petra Andalee, a boy named Calder Pillay, and another boy named Tommy Segovia. The minor characters are, a teacher named Ms. Hussey, Goldman the goldfish, Zelda Segovia, Black Glasses, and Thin Head. The book is about saving a important piece of art in Chicago, Illinois. This art piece is The Robie House. The children and their classmates are trying to save the house from ...more
Jan 14, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Art Lovers, Mystery Lovers
Recommended to Shannon by: Anna
Shelves: childrensbooks
The timing for reading this book couldn't have been better. It's a young adult book set in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood. The Robie House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, plays a key role in the book and after reading this, we've decided to visit the Robie House while we are in Chicago with Anna and Bekah this weekend. They even have a Wright 3 Tour, so it will be age appropriate for the girls.

As with Chasing Vermeer, this book is clever and well-written. I love that the characters (who are
Kathleen Cooke
Oct 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was so different compared to the other books I read.
From the lights flickering to seeing imprints of feet in puddles, it was super creepy.
I do most of my reading at night and it played games with my mind, big time.
I dont recall who it was, but one of the reviews for the novel was "Da'Vinci code for teens" and I agree 100% with it. it's so weird and sketchy.
From the drawings to the Pentominoes and Fibonacci numbers creating a picture of a buddha woman in the stain glass windows
Emily B.
Feb 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: artsy
I'm giving this book a heavily biased four stars. I say biased because this book centers around Frank Lloyd Wright's architecture, which I absolutely adore. Take away the Wright buildings, and this book would probably get a three star rating instead. My major complaint is that Calder and Petra have started to grate on me. I could tolerate their idiosyncrasies at first, but now they're extremely irritating. I swear, if I see the words "pentomino" or "coincidence" one more time...
The series still
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I am at the part where Tommy's house gets robbed! Following they find that the important fish charm that can save the robbie house has been stolen.

I think this book so far i kind of scary and mystours becasue...... There are people who are willing to risk lives to get this house "murders"... Now here are 3 kids up against who knows what! But because of these parts it makes you want to read on, not put the book down! This book is really exciting
Oct 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone
This book was amazing! I love how Blue Balliett wrote the amazing adventure of three kids out to save the Robie House, one of Frank Lloyd Wright's spectacular buildings. The artwork tells its own story, perhaps in more ways than one... Balliett is the Alfred Hitchcock of the modern world. This book is suspenseful and intriguing and the illustrations are breathtaking.
Alex Hobbs
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Wright 3 is a sequel to Chasing Vermeer. It is written by Blue Balliett and features illustrations by Brett Helquist. It is a delightful mix of realistic fiction and mystery. I would recommend it for ages 9 to 13.

Chasing Vermeer includes Calder and Petra solving a mystery about the disappearance of one of Vermeer’s most cherished pieces of art, A Lady Writing, and the thief behind it all. That thief happened to be Xavier Glitts, head of the International Crime Ring. While causing a national
Kara Bianca
Mar 10, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars!

The Wright 3 is a middle-grade book, and the follow up to Chasing Vermeer, which I read when it came out (so I was like 10). Marketed at the time as Da Vinci code for kids, this series has a lot of puzzles and thought provoking narrative, with this book following Calder, Petra and Tommy as they try and save a fancy old house from being destroyed (The Robie House).

Characters 3.5/5:
I think I would relate to the characters a lot better if I was a child, but they were interesting
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: children
This book is written for children, apparently for 6th graders, since it's about 6th graders at a University School in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago, home of the University of Chicago, the Museum of Science and Industry (a place I visited many times in my own youth), and the Frank Lloyd Wright creation, the Robie House, which I have not visited, but I have visited other house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, so I have a better than average feel for what the Robie House may be like compared ...more
Dec 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile, mystery
Calder's old friend, Tommy, has moved back to Hyde Park and the three of them are in Ms. Hussey's class sixth grade class. Before, Tommy and Calder were the best of friends. During Tommy's one year absence, Calder and Petra had become best friends. Tommy wasn't too sure if he liked it and didn't know if he wanted to be friends with Petra. Tommy's actions were as if Petra wasn't really around and he didn't want her around. This made for awkward times.

The Robie House, built by Frank Lloyd Wright i
Katie Kaste
The second book in the "Chasing Vermeer" series sees all three characters trying to find a friendship balance. Tommy has returned from moving to New York with his mother, in a bit of a mess. His mother's latest man, turned out to be a criminal and had a heart attack before he was arrested. Tommy wants to be friends with Calder with no changes. Calder and Petra want to keep investigating. It is hard for new and old friends to mix. Once all the characters start working together they are able to st ...more
Nov 22, 2019 rated it liked it
I purchased this kid's book after our tour of the Robie House earlier this year. The tour guide said it was a fun read with interesting info on the house, and he was right. It's the second in a series, and I haven't read the first, but it was still enjoyable, even though it's intended for upper elementary kids. I loved the details about the house, and I liked the focus on the house as a work of art. If I was still homeschooling my daughter this series would definitely become part of our curricul ...more
Sophie Carbone
May 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
*3.5 stars.*
I did enjoy this one better than the last one! (Even though I gave it the same rating, they ended up sort of balancing out) The mystery was better but still turned out a bit meh... also getting kind of annoyed with the amount of coincidences that aren’t really coincidences they’re shoving in your face. It’s probably gonna lead to something bigger on in the series but I don’t really know if I care? The addition of Tommy was nice! But I’m really sure I care all that much about the char
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-library
Well, young adult fiction and mysteries are not my genres at all, but I am a committed enthusiast of Frank Lloyd Wright's work and this book has enough FLW and enough interesting facts about the Robie House to earn it a 4 star rating. I will say that I both listened to the audio book, which was well produced, and read the paperback, and I far preferred the paperback. It has augmenting illustrations and it was easier for me to give it my full attention when reading the paperback. A cool read for ...more
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Sep 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened-to
When I picked up the book I did not realize it was the second in a series. I was interested only in the Frank Lloyd Wright aspect of the book. Now that I am finished, I am not interested in reading the first book.

As an adult reading young adult fiction, I find it unbelievable that three 12-year-olds can have such an impact.

The family dynamic of each main character was described in great detail, and I appreciated the difference between them.
Dec 10, 2017 rated it did not like it
I did not like this book at all. One of the things that angered me the most was how many strange details were immediately assumed to relate to the mystery of the Robie House. It was almost like the author just wanted to get the book over with as soon as possible! It took me a while to finish because I kept stalling, which is a pretty bad sign. I would not recommend it to anyone older than 12.
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I was born in New York City and grew up playing in Central Park, getting my share of scraped knees, and riding many public buses and subways. By the time I was a teenager, I sometimes stopped at the Metropolitan Museum of Art or the Frick Museum after school, just to wander and look and think. The Met has five Vermeer paintings and the Frick three, so Vermeer and I have been friends for many years ...more

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