Blue Balliett & Three Oaks, Michigan

Blue Balliett is one of our favorite writers. She creates fascinating mysteries and adventure stories for YA readers that are based on historical figures (the artists Vermeer, Calder and architect Frank Lloyd Wright all had roles in her past books. She often describes in true-to-life detail places that actually exist… and adults love to read her books too.. you’re always learning something new and interesting when you read Blue Balliett. Her books are like antique curiosity cabinets, with clever mind-twisting games and codes sprinkled throughout.

Her latest book, “The Danger Box” takes the reader to “Three Oaks” -a small Michigan town in the Southwest corner of the state near Lake Michigan.  The book is about a mystery concerning a rare stolen notebook written by Charles Darwin. You will discover the towns founding father Warren Featherstone and his massive buggy whip factory… the post office, pharmacy and of course Warren’s massive mansion, with its brass polished doorknobs and wall-to-wall imported Italian marble. Now its home to the town library and museum.

Blue Balliett will be in the area for a non-public signing and we have prepared a special flyer with book ordering information…

you can download our flyer here:—>     blue_balliett
-you can see all her books listed in the pdf file with prices, and she will gladly sign them if purchased before her appearance on Thursday, October and we will fill any order that is placed before her appearance on Thursday, October 8th. It will be best to call or drop by soon if there are titles you’d like to own.

“The story is well written and an absolute joy to read. The book is filled with many beautiful analogies, like the exquisite feeling of gentle rain tapping you on the shoulder every time you encounter one of them. The story is told through the eyes of a young boy named Zoomy. He’s a boy that struggles with OCD and battles with pathological myopia. The depiction and description of Zoomy enables you to be sucked into his world, drawing you deeply into the plot and leaving you totally engrossed.he story is well written and an absolute joy to read. The book is filled with many beautiful analogies, like the exquisite feeling of gentle rain tapping you on the shoulder every time you encounter one of them. The story is told through the eyes of a young boy named Zoomy. He’s a boy that struggles with OCD and battles with pathological myopia. The depiction and description of Zoomy enables you to be sucked into his world, drawing you deeply into the plot and leaving you totally engrossed.” –Mr. Ripley’s Enchanted Books.

This summer we took a ride to Three Oaks to discover for ourselves some of the places discussed in “The Danger Box”. While there, we could feel a strange buzz surrounding the town, as if travelers from all over were there like us, taking pictures and discovering this marvelous place out-of-time described throughout “The Danger Box”. Here are some pictures from that charming town, familiar already to anyone whose read it.

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