Hear Blue relate how she began writing mystery stories, read from Chasing Vermeer, the Wright 3 and Danger Box, then learn about her newest book.
Plan to meet children’s author Blue Balliett during a reception when Book Worm Angels honors her with the 2012 Kermit W. Myers Achievement Award at the Lakeview Center in Gillson Park, 800 Gillson Park Drive (enter at Lake and Michigan) in Wilmette on Sunday, May 20, from 3:00 until 5:00 pm.
There will be a special surprise for children.
In addition, Stephan Harden, principal of Cameron School at 1234 N. Monticello in Chicago, will receive the Carolyn Quattrocki Award for his contributions to the advancement of recreational reading for children. Dedicated Book Worm Angel volunteers Sandy Perryman and Carol Craig Johnson, both residents of Elmhurst, will be named Angels of the Year.
Balliett will read excerpts from her children’s books and explain how she began writing mysteries. The Chicago author’s first book, Chasing Vermeer, was a New York Times bestseller. Now translated into 35 languages, it won the Edgar Award and the Chicago Tribune Prize for Young Adult Fiction. Its sequel, The Wright 3, also became a New York Times bestseller; her third book, The Calder Game, was a Publishers Weeklybestseller. Balliett’s latest book, The Danger Box, introduces readers to a new cast of characters and a new kind of mystery.
The event is chaired by Book Worm Angels Director Christine Seidman,. Tickets are $35.00 each for adults and children accompanied by adults are free. To purchase tickets, call 773-332-8091 or register online at www.bookwormangels.org.
Book Worm Angels was founded by Kermit W. Myers as a not-for-profit organization that collects and distributes recreational reading books to create classroom lending libraries in elementary schools in impoverished neighborhoods. Since 1999, Book Worm Angels is responsible for providing more than 2 million books that can be enjoyed by elementary school children. Currently, close to 100,000 students enrolled in 190 public schools throughout Chicago, Aurora, Gary, Hammond, Atlanta, Phoenix, and Lowell, Mass.