The Calder Game

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The Calder Game
AuthorBlue Balliett
IllustratorBrett Helquist
Cover artistBrett Helquist
CountryUnited States
GenreChildren's mystery novel
PublishedMay 1, 2008 Scholastic Press[1]
Media typePrint (hardback & paperback)
Pages379 pgs.
LC ClassPZ7.B2128 Cal 2008
Preceded byThe Wright 3 

The Calder Game is a children's novel written by Blue Balliett and illustrated by Brett Helquist, published in 2008. It is the sequel to The Wright 3. Some underlying themes include the art of Alexander Calder, pentominoes, and the freedom of public art.

Plot overview[edit]

Calder Pillay travels with his father to a Woodstock, Oxfordshire and becomes interested in an unexpected Alexander Calder sculpture (who coincidentally is his namesake) in the town square. On the same night, both Calder and the sculpture disappear. His friends Petra and Tommy fly to England to aid his father in finding him.

Critical reception[edit]

The Calder Game received mainly positive reviews. School Library Journal called it "every bit as intricate, engaging, and delightful" as its two precursors and praised the structure of the novel.[2] Publishers Weekly was positive and wrote that it was "an ambitious novel".[3] BookPage's Alice Cary praised the pacing and intriguing questions.[4] The website claimed that The Calder Game is "Balliett's best work of fiction yet".[5]

However, Kirkus Reviews felt that The Calder Game "falls short of Chasing Vermeer's brilliance" and it was marred by a "problematic construction and too many tidy dei ex machinis".[6]


  1. ^ "The Calder Game". Retrieved 13 March 2011.
  2. ^ Burns, Connie Tyrrell (1 June 2008). "Grades 5 & Up". School Library Journal. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
  3. ^ "Children's Book Reviews: Week of 5/19/2008". Publishers Weekly. 19 May 2008. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
  4. ^ Cary, Alice. "State-of-the-art mystery". BookPage. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
  5. ^ Piehl, Norah. "The Calder Game Review". Retrieved 13 March 2011.
  6. ^ "The Calder Game". Kirkus Reviews. 1 May 2008. Retrieved 13 May 2011.