- Number of Pages: 304
- English (Unknown)
- English (Original Language)
- English (Published)
This bewitching first novel is a puzzle, wrapped inside a mystery, disguised as an adventure, and delivered as a work of art. Can they decipher a crime that has stumped even the FBI? Before they know it, the two find themselves in the center of an international art scandal, where no a single is spared from suspicion. As Petra and Calder are drawn clue by clue into a mysterious labyrinth, they must draw on their powers of intuition, their problem solving skills, and their understanding of Vermeer. When a book of unexplainable occurences brings Petra and Calder together, strange things start to happen: Seemingly unrelated events connect; an eccentric old woman seeks their company; an invaluable Vermeer painting disappears.
In the classic tradition of E. L. Konigsburg's From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, debut author Blue Balliett introduces readers to yet another pair of precocious kids on an artful quest complete of patterns, puzzles, along producing use of the energy of blue M& Ms. Eleven year old Petra and Calder may possibly be within the very same sixth grade class, but they barely know each and every single other. When the thief ups the ante by declaring that he or she could very well destroy the painting, the two friends know they have to make the pieces within the puzzle fit before it's too late! When the thief leaves a trail of public clues by way of the newspaper, Petra and Calder decide to try and recover the painting themselves. But tracking down the Vermeer isn't easy, as Calder and Petra try to figure out what a set of pentominos (mathematical puzzle pieces) , a mysterious book about unexplainable phenomena and a suddenly very nervous Ms. Hussey have to do getting a centuries old artwork. It's only immediately after a near collision in the course of a museum field trip that they discover their shared worship of art, their teacher Ms. Hussey, too as the blue candy that doesn't melt in your hands. Their burgeoning friendship is strengthened when a creative thief steals a valuable Vermeer painting en route to Chicago, their property town.
Already being heralded as The Da Vinci Code for kids, Chasing Vermeer will have middle grade readers scrutinizing art books as they attempt to solve the mystery together with Calder and Petra. In an added bonus, artist Brett Helquist has also hidden a secret pentomino message in a number of from the book's illustrations for readers to decode. --Jennifer Hubert An auspicious and wonderfully satisfying debut that will leave no young detective clueless.
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