<p>From <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author Blue Balliett, the story of a girl who falls into Chicago's shelter system, and from there must solve the mystery of her father's strange disappearance.</p><p>Where is Early's father? He's not the kind of father who would disappear. But he's gone...and he's left a whole lot of trouble behind.</p><p>As danger closes in, Early, her mom, and her brother have to flee their apartment. With nowhere else to go, they are forced to move into a city shelter. Once there, Early starts asking questions and looking for answers. Because her father hasn't disappeared without a trace. There are patterns and rhythms to what's happened, and Early might be the only one who can use them to track him down and make her way out of a very tough place.</p><p>With her signature, singular love of language and sense of mystery, Blue Balliett weaves a story that takes readers from the cold, snowy Chicago streets to the darkest corner of the public library, on an unforgettable hunt for deep truths and a reunited family.</p>
This Common Core-aligned discussion guide provides questions and activities for Pieces and Players, The Danger Box, Hold Fast, Chasing Vermeer, The Wright 3, and The Calder Game, all by author Blue Balliett.