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Scholastic Inc., Mar 1, 2013 - Juvenile Fiction - 288 pages
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From NYT bestselling author Blue Balliett, the story of a girl who falls into Chicago's shelter system, and from there must solve the mystery of her father's strange disappearance. Where is Early's father? He's not the kind of father who would disappear. But he's gone . . . and he's left a whole lot of trouble behind. As danger closes in, Early, her mom, and her brother have to flee their apartment. With nowhere else to go, they are forced to move into a city shelter. Once there, Early starts asking questions and looking for answers. Because her father hasn't disappeared without a trace. There are patterns and rhythms to what's happened, and Early might be the only one who can use them to track him down and make her way out of a very tough place. With her signature, singular love of language and sense of mystery, Blue Balliett weaves a story that takes readers from the cold, snowy Chicago streets to the darkest corner of the public library, on an unforgettable hunt for deep truths and a reunited family.

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User Review  - bostonian71 - LibraryThing

A little melodramatic and implausible for my tastes, unfortunately. I liked reading about Langston Hughes and the Antwerp diamond heist, and I believe that homelessness is a major problem in this ... Read full review

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User Review  - acahil3 - LibraryThing

Summary: Early's family changes suddenly when her father mysteriously disappears. Early's mother, brother and herself have to move out of their apartment and into a shelter due to their father's ... Read full review

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Blue Balliett's first novel, Chasing Vermeer, was a Book Sense Book of the Year and an Edgar Award winner. Kirkus Reviews called The Wright 3 "another tour de force blending art, math, philosophy, history and literature." And when The Calder Game appeared, Publishers Weekly said (in a starred review) that "Balliett outdoes herself with this ambitious novel." Blue writes in the laundry room of her home in Hyde Park, Illinois, although her research takes her to many unexpected places.