From the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of CHASING VERMEER, THE WRIGHT 3, and HOLD FAST THE PIECES 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. THE PLAYERS 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.
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"Just as five 13-year-olds become more familiar with each other over the course of Balliet's latest art mystery, so too does Bahni Turpin become more comfortable in her role as narrator. Her voice gradually loses a formal and slightly distant tone and moves towards a warmer one with convincing and genuine animation as her characters move from awkward and judgmental of each other to convivial and accepting. The five young teens, along with precise Mrs. Sharpe and breezy Ms. Hussey, pursue the disappearance of 13 pieces of art from a Chicago museum. In an author's note, Balliett herself narrates the story's connection to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum robbery 25 years ago. A.R. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"
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