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The Danger Box

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The Danger Box

Chasing Vermeer Series, Book 4
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A sight-impaired boy in a small town. A mischievous girl who won't stay in one place. A mysterious notebook belonging to a world-famous scientist. A fire. A stranger. A death. These are the ingredients within The Danger Box, an exciting new mystery.

A sight-impaired boy in a small town. A mischievous girl who won't stay in one place. A mysterious notebook belonging to a world-famous scientist. A fire. A stranger. A death. These are the ingredients within The Danger Box, an exciting new mystery.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    September 27, 2010
    Balliett's (Chasing Vermeer) latest mystery spotlights the life of Charles Darwin with a boy's investigation into a stolen scientific notebook. Zoomy Chamberlain, 12, has bad eyesight, a touch of OCD, and a need for structure ("he smallest changes can make me jittery-splat, as we call it"). Left on his grandparents' doorstep as an infant, his coping mechanism is keeping all kinds of lists. His highly ordered world implodes when his alcoholic father reappears, arriving with things to sell at the family's antique store. One item captures Zoomy's fascination—a careworn notebook. Sensing the journal's author is a kindred spirit, Zoomy researches the journal's provenance, as the man from whom it was stolen closes in. The tension derived from the danger facing Zoomy is halted by faux newspaper articles that offer biographical information about a "mysterious soul," but which read like didactic asides. As in her previous novels, Balliett sets the action in a real town, Three Oaks, Mich., and details about the setting add appeal. Interestingly, the notebook Darwin used during his 1835 visit to the Galápagos Islands really is missing: it disappeared in the 1980s and is classified as stolen. Ages 9–12.

  • AudioFile Magazine Alex Wyse is the voice of Zoomy, a legally blind boy who has stumbled across the find of a lifetime. Wyse's even cadence and ever-questioning tone perfectly portray the young character who sees the world in a unique way. Veronika Dominczyk depicts Lorrol, Zoomy's new friend who helps to research the curious notebook that was left in Zoomy's possession. Her voice, soft yet commanding, punctuates each chapter as she reads the "Gas Gazette," a newspaper that Zoomy and Lorrol produce with clues from their research. Jason Culp delivers the edgy voice of the stranger who desperately wants the historical notebook back. An audio experience not to be missed. E.A.B. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine
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