|Meet the Author: Blue Balliett, "Hold Fast"|
Event Type: Author / Book Events|
Age Group(s): School Age, All Ages, Adult
Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Time: 8:30 PM
A missing father. A lost home. "Hold Fast" is a dangerous and moving puzzler mystery from the New York Times bestselling and acclaimed author Blue Balliett.Library: Spencer Road Branch-Community Commons Map
Balliett offers kids new ways to think in her books filled with real world mysteries set in real places. Kids look for hidden messages in puzzles, codes and patterns to decipher the mystery.
Books will be available for purchase from Main Street Books.
Location: SP Community Commons Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital Event Room (Rm.240 & 243)
"Hold Fast" tells the story of an 11-year-old girl who falls into Chicago's shelter system and from there must solve the mystery of her father's strange disappearance.Status: Closed
With her signature, singular love of language and sense of mystery, Balliett spins a story that takes readers from the cold, snowy Chicago streets to the darkest corner of the Chicago Public Library. Weaving in an old Langston Hughes book of rhythms with a family of four who find themselves in the midst of a spiraling nightmare, Hold Fast takes readers on an unforgettable hunt for deep truths and a reunited family.
The mystery begins with a bizarre accident on a deserted, wintery street in Chicago. 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 her father down…and make her way out of a very tough place.
Blue Balliett is the award-winning author of the bestselling puzzler art mystery novels Chasing Vermeer, The Wright 3, The Calder Game, and The Danger Box.