September 15, 2010

New Blue Balliett Book: The Danger Box

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Welcome to Scholastic Booktalks where we recommend brand new Scholastic books that we think you will love. Today’s booktalk is: The Danger Box by Blue Balliett, author of Chasing Vermeer, The Wright 3, and The Calder Game.

This story starts with Zoomy Chamberlain, who lives with his grandparents in sleepy Three Oaks, Michigan. Zoomy is a list-maker, a pathological myopia sufferer, a Secret from a Secret from a Secret who was left on a doorstep as a baby.

. . . Or maybe this story starts when Zoomy’s father, Buckeye, gets drunk and steals a pickup truck with a treasure in it.

. . . Or maybe this story starts with the reclusive billionaire, Mr. Zip, who sets up a game which spans the continents, but dies before a winner can be declared.

. . . Or maybe this story starts with a box that holds an old quilt and a battered notebook of lists.

. . . Or maybe the story starts with a boy nicknamed Gas, another list-maker from long ago, who follows his questions to a big theory that will change the entire world.

Wherever this story starts, the only way to find out how it ends is to read The Danger Box, and become a part of a real-life mystery yourself!

Check out the video with the author, Blue Balliett.

Intrigued? Download a sample excerpt from the book. Then leave a Comment telling us what YOU think is in the box!

— Melissa, Scholastic Booktalker

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    The danger box sounds like a great book and I will probally read it in the future.
    Thank so much for your review on the book.

  2. Sue

    My class and I loved this book. We had delightful discussions about how being “unique” could be beneficial. We also talked about how having a POSITIVE outlook, provides one with more opportunities than a NEGATIVE attitude. It is nice to know that people with disabilities can be VERY successful. This book contains many beautiful themes. I highly recommend it.