Chasing Vermeer

Chasing Vermeer

Book - 2004
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When seemingly unrelated and strange events start to happen and a precious Vermeer painting disappears, eleven-year-olds Petra and Calder combine their talents to solve an international art scandal.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, 2004.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780439372978
Branch Call Number: YAF BALLIETT, BLUE
Characteristics: 254 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Helquist, Brett


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Sep 29, 2019

It was pretty good. I liked how it looked at things from another perspective, but I didn't like the 2nd book as much.

Feb 22, 2019

Brilliant beginning to a series.

I love this book!

Feb 01, 2015

We read this book at school and loved every bit of it!

LPL_MichaelB Dec 18, 2014

The Lawrence Public Library has chosen Chasing Vermeer as the 2015 Read Across Lawrence Book for Kids!

A mysterious letter, a stolen painting, and two savvy kid detectives make this book a great choice for anyone who loves a perplexing puzzle.

Can you decode the clues and catch the thief?

FindingJane Jun 23, 2014

While I liked the characters in this book, I just didn’t care much for the book itself. This book relies heavily on interest or knowledge about Vermeer. Perhaps the children in the story become interested in him but for my taste the author tries just a little too hard to draw in the reader as well. There were supposed to be clues in the various illustrations. While I could just make out these clues in some pictures, others frustrated my attempts to see the patterns. Chalk it up to my myopia but I nearly went cross-eyed trying to pick out pentominoes and frogs in some of these gray-on-gray illustrations.

The confluence of coincidences became overwhelming, with so many of them piling up that I found it impossible to believe in them after a few chapters. I began to wonder why some characters didn’t just throw coins in the air or dice and divine their next move that way. If this book had been toted as some kind of magic realism, such antics might have worked better. As it is, I can’t recommend it.

lakevilla_IDOL Feb 13, 2014

I loved this book when I read it, and I am thinking of reading it again. It's a wonderful action novel tied up and disguised as a mystery.

Nov 17, 2013

Try Calder's favorite pentominoes game at:

Jul 07, 2013

This is a TD Summer Reading Club recommended book for week 1 of our themed program - this week's theme is Discover Art. Check out the other comments by our MPL readers!

narutouzumaki485 Jun 25, 2012

this book opened my mind to reading

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Nov 09, 2016

CHLOE JONES thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 13

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yellow_beaver_38 thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

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ArapahoeJillA thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over

Feb 01, 2015

victorgarber thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

Jul 02, 2014

joycemas thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 12

Orange_Cat_155 Feb 20, 2012

Orange_Cat_155 thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

Jan 12, 2012

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Jul 02, 2014

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. Before they know it, the two find themselves at the center of an international art scandal, where no one 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 knowledge of Vermeer. Can they decipher a crime that has stumped even the FBI?

Nov 17, 2013

Calder and Petra are 6th graders in Chicago. Petra loves words; Calder is more comfortable with math and puzzles (like the pentominoes he carries with him everywhere). Three anonymous letters, a mysterious book, and a stolen Vermeer painting make Calder and Petra join forces. They work together as clues and puzzles lead them further into the mystery. Readers are encouraged to work out the puzzles (decoding messages, math puzzles, etc.) along with Petra and Calder.

narutouzumaki485 Jun 25, 2012

this book is about letter that were sent out to particular people discussing the wearabouts of the missing vermeer. one letter is found by one of the childen who decides that they are going to solve the mystery.


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narutouzumaki485 Jun 25, 2012

"where did this come from"


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