Pieces and Players (Hardcover)

By Blue Balliett

Scholastic Press, 9780545299909, 320pp.

Publication Date: March 31, 2015

Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (1/3/2015)
Paperback (4/26/2016)
Prebound (4/26/2016)
Pre-Recorded Audio Player (4/2/2015)

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From the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of CHASING VERMEER, THE WRIGHT 3, and HOLD FAST


Thirteen extremely valuable pieces of art have been stolen from one of the most secretive museums in the world. A Vermeer has vanished. A Degas has disappeared. And nobody has any idea where they and the other eleven artworks might be . . . or who might have stolen them.


Calder, Petra, and Tommy are no strangers to heists and puzzles. Now they've been matched with two new sleuths -- Zoomy, a very thin 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 the Author

Blue Balliett is the author of several bestselling, acclaimed mystery novels, including HOLD FAST, CHASING VERMEER (a Book Sense Book of the Year and an Edgar Award winner), THE WRIGHT 3, THE CALDER GAME, and THE DANGER BOX. She writes in the laundry room of her home in Chicago, Illinois, and you can find her online at www.blueballiettbooks.com.

Praise For Pieces and Players


"Balliett is an original . . . Thick with devilish red herrings, this smart, playful story never stops challenging (and exhilarating) the audience." -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

"Puzzles, codes, letters, number and wordplay, a bit of danger, a vivid sense of place, and a wealth of quirky characters enrich the exciting, fast-paced story that's sure to be relished by mystery lovers." -- SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

Praise for THE WRIGHT 3:

*"Another tour de force." -- KIRKUS REVIEWS, starred review


* "Balliett outdoes herself with this ambitious novel." -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, starred review

* "Balliett again offers readers new ways to think." -- BOOKLIST, starred review

Praise for THE DANGER BOX:

* "This highly satisfying story will enlighten readers even as it inspires them to think." -- SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL, starred review

"A spine-tingling tale . . . kids are in for an adventure." -- CHICAGO SUN TIMES

Praise for HOLD FAST:

"[Blue Balliett's] latest and most heart-rending novel . . . [The] multi-faceted Early Pearl, ever observant and always pondering, shines as bright as any diamond." -- NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

*"Wonderful . . . will pierce all readers" -- BOOKLIST, starred review

*"A moving story of homelessness, family, and the love of words and books . . . Enthralling and satisfying." -- KIRKUS REVIEWS, starred review

*"Balliett paints a vivid picture, a literary composition reminiscent of an Impressionist painting . . . Excellent." -- SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL, starred review

"This novel abounds in heart, shining a spotlight on the gritty truths about homelessness." -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY


A 2013 Parents' Choice Gold Award Winner