nonprofit nerd reads

The holidays are fast approaching and while I should be concerned with mailing cards and setting up my tiny, Charlie Brown Christmas tree, I’m busy increasing my to-read list.  This installment of Nonprofit Nerd Reads is inspired by museums (surprise, surprise!) and the amazing storytelling potential that resides within them.

The Sixty-Eight Rooms by Marianne Malone.  Inspired by The Art Institute of Chicago’s Thorne Miniature Rooms, this story draws upon the magical quality of the painstakingly rendered period rooms and wonders what would happen if you were small enough to explore each one.


The Calder Game by Blue Balliett.  A young boy named Calder visiting England with his father discovers  a previously unknown Alexander Calder sculpture in a tiny town off the beaten path.  When both Calder and the artwork suddenly vanish the mystery deepens.



Masterpiece by Elise Broach.  What could possibly happen when an eleven-year-old boy makes friends with an artistic beetle living under his family’s kitchen sink? If you guessed plagiarism, an art swindle at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and a missing Albrecht Dürer drawing you are correct.

4 thoughts on “nonprofit nerd reads

  1. Check out for lots of interesting detail about the real-world locales Blue Balliett uses for Chasing Vermeer, The Wright Three, The Calder Game, and The Danger Box.


  2. Thanks to you, I just request The Sixty-Eight Rooms from the library for a fun holiday read. I enjoyed The Calder Game but loved The Wright 3. Thanks for sharing!


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