Author: Blue Balliett
Illustrator: Brett Helquist
Grade Level Equivalent:
Guided Reading Level:
Mystery and Suspense
Visual Arts, Cooperation and Teamwork, Cleverness
When a book of unexplainable occurrences brings Petra Andalee and Calder Pillay together, strange things start to happen. 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 use 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?
Chasing Vermeer was picked by the TODAY SHOW for Al Roker's Book Club for Kids.
Praise for Chasing Vermeer
"A great read... Fans of E.L. Konigsburg's From the Mixed-Up Files of Basil E. Frankweiler or Ellen Raskin's The Westing Game will find equal pleasure in this debut by a talented writer." — Kirkus, starred review
"Exciting... Mixes mystery, puzzles, possibilities, and art." — Booklist, starred review
"Appealing… Agreeably quirky." — Horn Book
"A Da Vinci Code for tweens." — Newsweek
"Suspenseful, exciting, charming, and even unexpectedly moving." — The New York Times Book Review