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Elementary School News

March 8, 2013


MRH Elementary Welcomes Visiting Author Blue Balliett March 21st

On Thursday, March 21, New York Times best-selling author Blue Balliett  will be speaking to 4th, 5th and 6th graders at MRH Elementary about writing and her new book, Hold Fast. Blue Balliett is the author of several best-selling, acclaimed mystery novels, including the young adult award-winning Chasing Vermeer, as well as The Wright 3, The Calder Game, and The Danger Box. She grew up in New York City, graduated from Brown University, and now writes in the laundry room of her home in Chicago.

Hold Fast is 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. Students who would like to purchase a signed cBlue Balliettopy of this book can turn in the order form to Mrs. Watkins in the library by March 20.

This author visit is sponsored by Left Bank Books. If you would like further information, email Teri Watkins at




For more information, contact MRH School District at (314) 644-4400.