The Danger Box: Book Review

June 24th, 2011 by

danger-box-blue-balliett-book-reviewAre you a fan of Petra, Calder, and Tommy? Then it’s time to meet Zoomy!

Of course, I’m referring to the crime-solving heroes of Blue Balliett’s books: In Chasing Vermeer, The Wright 3, and The Calder Game, the dynamic trio of Petra, Calder, and Tommy get themselves involved in one dangerous mystery after another. Now, following in their footsteps, is Zoomy — the unique narrator of Balliett’s latest book, The Danger Box.

Zoomy leads a quiet life in a small town with his grandparents. For medical reasons, he’s always anxious, and he’s also almost blind — but that doesn’t mean he’s dumb. In fact, it’s up to Zoomy to get to the bottom of things when a string of strange events wallop his usually unexciting life.

First, his father (whom he’s never met) turns up out of the blue, then disappears just as quickly — but not before leaving a box with Zoomy’s grandparents. Next, the police arrive in search of a stolen truck, and also in pursuit of Zoomy’s dad. Then, a slippery sort of man comes to town and starts asking about the box. VERY curious…

So, I bet you’re wondering what’s in the box… Well, too bad for you — because I’m not telling! You’ll just have to read The Danger Box yourself and see how the mystery unfolds.

It’s a quieter book than Balliett’s others, with a lot more focus on Zoomy and his everyday life before the action kicks in. But by the end, you’ll meet a thief, witness a fire, gain a new friend, and make a major discovery. So don’t underestimate Zoomy, or this book!

— Karen

Karen sometimes feels like she’d like to lead a quiet life in a small town. Mainly when she’s on a crowded subway platform in the middle of the stinking NY summer heat…

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