Chasing Vermeer

Chasing Vermeer

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Overview

This bewitching first novel is a puzzle, wrapped in a mystery, disguised as an adventure, and delivered as a work of art.

When a book of unexplainable occurances brings Petra Andalee & Calder Pillay 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. As Petra & Calder are drawn clue by clue into a mysterious labyrinth they must draw on their powers of intuition, their skills at problem solving, and their knowledge of Vermeer. Can they decipher a crime that has left even the FBI baffled?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780439372947
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 06/01/2004
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)
Lexile: 770L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Blue Balliett is the author of several bestselling, acclaimed mystery novels, including Chasing Vermeer (a Book Sense Book of the Year and an Edgar Award winner), The Wright 3, The Calder Game, and The Danger Box. She writes in the laundry room of her home in Chicago, Illinois, and you can find her online at www.blueballiettbooks.com.

Brett Helquist was born in Ganado, Arizona, and grew up in Orem, Utah. He entered Brigham Young University as an engineering major, but soon realized this was not the right choice for him. Having decided to take time off from college, he headed to Taiwan where he stumbled into a job illustrating English textbooks, which he enjoyed. There, a friend introduced him to an illustration student, also from Brigham Young University. This introduction inspired Brett to eventually switch majors. After spending a year in Taiwan, he went back to BYU and transferred to the illustration department. In 1993 he received a fine arts degree in illustration.

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When a book of unexplainable occurrences brings Petra Andalee & Calder Pillay together, strange things start to happen: seemingly unrelated events connect, an eccentric old woman seeks their company and an invaluable Vermeer painting disappears. Before they know it, the two find themselves at the center of an international art scandal. As Petra and Calder are drawn clue by clue into a mysterious labyrinth they must draw on their powers of intuition, their skills at problem solving, and their knowledge of Vermeer. Can they decipher a crime that has left even the FBI baffled?

Table of Contents

About Pentominoes and About This Storyxi
About the Artwork: A Challenge to the Readerxiii
Chapter 1Three Deliveries1
Chapter 2The Letter is Dead6
Chapter 3Lost in the Art18
Chapter 4Picasso's Lie35
Chapter 5Worms, Snakes, and Periwinkles43
Chapter 6The Geographer's Box50
Chapter 7The Man on the Wall61
Chapter 8A Halloween Surprise76
Chapter 9The Blue Ones81
Chapter 10Inside the Puzzle90
Chapter 11Nightmare99
Chapter 12Tea at Four112
Chapter 13X the Experts127
Chapter 14Flashing Lights134
Chapter 15Murder and Hot Chocolate144
Chapter 16A Morning in the Dark154
Chapter 17What Happens Now?167
Chapter 18A Bad Fall174
Chapter 19The Shock on the Stairs188
Chapter 20A Maniac198
Chapter 21Looking and Seeing205
Chapter 22Twelves214
Chapter 23Help!226
Chapter 24The Pieces236

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Chasing Vermeer 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 101 reviews.
Canterwood_Crest_fan More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be very interesting! For anyone who enjoys mysteries I would highly advise you to read this book! Once I started reading this book I could not put it down because it was so interesting!!!!!!!!!!!!Blue Balliett did a great job!!!!!!
Book_Worm_1998 More than 1 year ago
This was a good book, but I thought it was a little confusing in some parts. You have to take your time with this book, and make sure you understand it. Other than that, it was great.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book, and a thrilling adventure. You will be glued to the book once you start. It is great if you are doing mysteries in the classroom or just enjoy reading mysteries. Chasing Vermeer is meant for kids not really adults, but adults will enjoy it also. The character descriptions are great and enables you to visualize them in your head and the author does not give away the end so it surprises you.. If you enjoy this book you would defiantly enjoy the rest in the series (The Wright 3 and The Calder Game). Which are just as good if not better than Chasing Vermeer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Chasing Vermeer is one of the BEST mystery books I've ever read. You don't have to be an art lunatic to enjoy this mystery woven around the theft of A Lady Writing, by Johannes Vermeer. It has a very complicated plot, made better by many, many plot twists. Very good writing (it's not nearly as poor as people say it is) helps you really get a good picture of what's going on in your head. You can literally see what Calder and Petra, the main characters, are seeing. This book is a good title for you if you like mysteries. I would also recommend it to people that are interested in strange coincidences.
SpartanReading More than 1 year ago
I would give this book two stars because the author did not explain much as you read and I felt confused at times. Chasing Vermeer is about a boy and girl who are united by strange, unexplainable occurrences want to find a missing Vermeer painting. Along the way, they are baffled by coincidences with their teacher and neighbor. I would recommend this book to 5th and 6th graders because they could relate the most to this book. Also, they would most likely be more interested than I was.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is the best book ever! It keeps you engaged and wanting to find out what happends next. I couldn't put this book down when I read it. It's a great read for grades 4-8th grade. I read it my 7th grade year and I still love it. One of my favorites for sure. The next book in the series is The Wright 3 and that is to die for, but I love Chasing Vermeer a little better. Blue Balliett uses such great descriptions makes you get to really know Petra, Calder, and all the other important characters.
ressica22 More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I have ever read! My sister was reading it because we were in the car on a long trip and then she wanted me to read it to her. After I started reading it I could not put it down. I had seen this book in the library and the cover made it look lame to me so now I never judge a book by it's cover.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book makes you think of art in a new and incredible way! You'll be cracking codes and sreaching art right along with the characters. We did this book for a mother daughter bookclub and everyone enjoyed the book so much and the activites that go along with it!! It is a very thrilling and grasping book for children and adults. I would diffently recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Always look in the tiniest places because what you're looking at may not always be as it seems. In the book Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliet, two kids set out on their own , figuring out clues to help them find a painting that has suddenly disappeared. This story takes place in Chicago. In the beginning of the story, Calder and Petra, the main characters, were just acquaintances, when they realized that mysterious things interest them both. They begin to try and solve the mystery of the painting. Their search for clues to find the stolen painting lead them in many directions: and old lady in the neighborhood, a famous bookstore, their teacher, a book of weird things that happened a long time ago, and series of odd coincidences. The closer they get to finding the painting and the culprit, the stranger and more difficult the clues become. I would recommend this book to Middle school students, and older elememtary school students. I would give this book a 9 out of 10, because most of the book was fantanstic, although the vocabulary was at a very low level. For the most part, I definetly enjoyed the novel and I hope that other people who read this book will enjoy as much as I did.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is like the best book ever!!! it mixes art mystery and um awesome excitement. you get pulled right into it!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett is an exciteful book that keeps the readers thinking on their feet. This fictitious book shows how random events in plots can relate to the main idea of a book. As pointed out in the book, its like the Davinchi code for teens. The book starts off in Chicago as three unrelated characters receive mysterious letters asking for their help in an international art crime. The protagonists of this story are two eleven year old youths named Calder and Petra. They are a bit eccentric but friendly and befriend each other after a while. While they explore their friendship, they stumble upon a very interesting piece of art called 'A Lady Writing'.Intrigued by the painting, they call their local museum and find out the horrifying truth that it has been stolen. This paves the way for the whole story as Calder and Petra try to solve the mystery of the missing painting. This book is interesting due to the fact that the mystery is solved using logic, hunches, intuition, and a few clues. Blue Balliett keeps readers interested by throwing in puzzling texts, letters written in secret codes. This story challenges the mind and forces readers to pay close attention to every detail.In my opinion, this is a great book for people seeking a puzzling-mystery book. This book changed my perspective on what I thought a challenging book is. This book constantly keeps you thinking about what details may help you solve the mystery. If You're looking to help solve the mystery of the missing painting, then i guess you will have to read the book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My friend's mom recomended it to me. It first started out like a regular book, but it soon gets more and more exciting on each page. You can have the whole seat, but you'll only need the edge!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Chasing Vermeer is a mystery book, and a very good one at that. It takes place in the present in Chicago. Many strange things happen as the main characters, Calder Pillay and Petra Andalee, pursue a famous stolen painting. They also make many new friends in the process. The main themes are extraordinary because there are no other books like Chasing Vermeer. The main themese are art theft, coincidences and, in the end, twelves. In conclusion, Chasing Vermeer is a very good book. I think that people who enjoy mysteries would really enjoy Chasing Vermeer. I would especially reccommend Chasing Vermeer to people who like mysteries about young sleuths. I think that Chasing Vermeer is a very good book for kids eleven and up. However, if you do not like mysteries you should avoid reading Chasing Vermeer. Chasing Vermeer is an awesome book! I give it five stars.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the best book ever. There were twists and turns, fun codes, and anything else you could imagine!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. It's a great book to read in the summer! If you like mysteries you will CERTAINLY love this book! It is really clever and suspenseful!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Chasing Vermeer was a smart and playful book by a clever woman named Blue Balliett. I thought Ms. Balliett made all minor mysteries into one big mystery for Petra and Calder to solve. I have some advice if you want to read Chasing Vermeer: Do not read it in the night!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a really good book about a lost painting that 2 kids try to find. If you like mysteries you should read this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bravo Blue Balliet! Chasing Vermeer is an awesome book for mystery or logic lovers. There are so many connections in this book. You will also find a treat from the illustrator, Brian Helquist(who also illustrated a Series of Unfortunate Events). This book book is a great mystery and makes you THINK!
Guest More than 1 year ago
When you Look at the cover without the paper cover the book looked kind of boring, but it was wonderful and I enjoyed it so, so, so much. The book wanted to make you keep reading and reading. I liked how Blue Balliet made the book cool by having one thing that was mainly in all of the pictures. The book was once again very, very good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An instant classic. I loved the connection to math and art, plus all of the sluething you get to do. A great read for a class as a whole - perfect to teach with, great for demonstrating the use of so many reading strategies. I couldn't put it down until I finished it and my students are fighting over who gets it next.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book i think is a vey confusing book, but it is an excellent read for ages 11 and over. It is one of the best books i have eva read!!! holla at ya Mags love ya!!! Peace out yall ~Kate~
Guest More than 1 year ago
Chasing Vermeer has everything in it that I love in books. It has thrills, excitement, and adventure. I think that there should be more books like this one in book stores. This is a book that you can not put down. It is outstanding how Blue Balliett figures out different clues throughout te story. As an honest reader I would give this book 2 thumbs up and a shout out to you readers that you should read this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book! it was great. it is a great mystery story for kids
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed Chasing Vermeer. I am a Brett Helquist fan and was glad to see his illustrations featured in this quality novel. If you liked the DaVinci Code, give this to your kids. They will love the decodable messages and suspenseful plot.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book. It keeps you turning the page one after another. You can decode codes hidden in the illustrations and even in the letters. It is about a mystery of a famous painting called A lady writing. And all of the coincidedinces that happen along the way to figuring out this puzzling mystery.