Blue Balliett

Blue Balliett’s first four mysteries—Chasing VermeerThe Wright 3The Calder Game, and The Danger Box—have been The New York TimesPublishers WeeklyUSA Today and IndieBound bestsellers. Each combines real settings with an unlikely array of real-world ingredients. Hold Fast breaks new ground in ways that will startle. Or is it sparkle? In Balliett’s work, surprise at many levels is the name of the game.

Balliett has won the Edgar Allen Poe Award for Best Juvenile Novel, Chicago Tribune Prize for Young Adult Fiction, Chicago Public Library Foundation’s 21st Century Award, Book Sense Book of the Year Award, Great Lakes Book Award, Friends of American Writers Award, Agatha Award for Best YA Novel, Chicago Tribune’s Chicagoan of the Year for Literature, 2010, and a place in the official White House library as The Danger Box was handed to President Obama in January 2011 as a gift from the American Booksellers Association. She has appeared twice on NBC’s Today Show.

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