- Grades: 3–5, 6–8
Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett and illustrated by Brett Helquist has been chosen for Al's Book Club for Kids. This fast-paced mystery story centers around two sixth-grade sleuths trying to discover who stole a valuable Vermeer painting. The clues lead them on a fascinating and suspenseful chase.
What happens when there are too many coincidences, too many puzzle pieces that fit together? Do you ignore them, pretend nothing's happening? Or do you try to figure out what's really going on?
Q&A with Blue Balliett. Balliett's books include Chasing Vermeer, The Wright 3 and The Calder Game
Discussion questions for the book Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett.
Vocabulary words for Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett
Brett Helquist demonstrates his drawing techniques for the illustrations in Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett.
In this activity based on Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett, students will use a pentomino code to decipher a message and then make up a secret code of their own.