The plot revolves around the Robie house, a mysterious dwelling designed and built by Frank Lloyd Wright. When the Robie house is scheduled to be dismantled Petra, Calder, and Tommy are drawn into another art based mystery. Not only do the children want to save this masterpiece of architecture, but they also want to investigate the strange happenings that are occurring in relation to the Robie house. Strange voices, moving shadows, and deadly accidents are being reported. In addition, it appears that someone is trying to leave the three sleuths clues using copies of the book “The Invisible Man,” by H.G. Wells. A hidden treasure, a coded message left behind by Wright: will the three young people ever uncover the truth about the Robie house?
What I like most about “The Wright 3,” by Blue Balliet is its complex world. In Balliet's world everything is connected: there is no such thing as a coincidence. “The Wright 3” and all of Blue Balliet's other art mysteries teach readers to look at the hidden patterns and subtle secrets all around us. Not only does “The Wright 3” contain coded messages, but there are hidden creatures in many of Brett Helquist's marvelous illustrations. “The Wright 3” is an exploration that is not only enjoyable but mind expanding.
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