If you're inspired by the creative twists and turns in Chasing Vermeer, try these artful mysteries.
Art Auction Mystery by Anna Nilsen
Sixteen famous paintings have been stolen from museums around the world and replaced with forgeries. It's up to you to deduce which paintings are real and which are fakes.
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
Claudia and her brother, Jamie, decide to run away to The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The adventure increases as Claudia and her brother fall into an artistic mystery that has everyone stumped.
Hidden in Plain Sight by Chris Auer
In book one of the 252 Series, Dan knows he's solved the mystery of a skeleton buried near a museum, but what he doesn't know is he's also exposed the whereabouts of a priceless missing piece of art.
The Vanishing Point by Susan Bonners
At an art auction, Kate bids on a dirty old painting and thinks she's getting nothing more. It's only when she uncovers the hidden artwork underneath that the mystery of its origins begins to reveal itself.
Who Can Crack the Leonardo da Vinci Code? by Thomas Brezina
An important da Vinci document has been stolen from the Museum of Adventure and it's up to you to track it down. Crack a variety of riddles hidden in the paintings and you just might uncover the secret that will save the document and the museum.
If you yearn to follow the pattern of clues right to end of the mystery, try these puzzling tales:
Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
Roy Eberhardt should be spending time adjusting to being the new kid at school. But he has more important things to worry about like who's the mysterious boy that lives in the woods... and who — or what — keeps sabotaging the dig site for Mother Paula's Pancakes?
The Mysterious Disappearance of Leon (I Mean Noel) by Ellen Raskin
When Mrs. Leon Carillon's husband is lost at sea during a horrible storm, she's left with a single clue that promises to lead her to him.
The Mystery on Observatory Hill by Eleanor Rosellini
Elizabeth and Jonathan set out to find the missing notebooks belonging to a famous professor who died at the beginning of the 20th century, but by following the trail they uncover an even deeper mystery.
On the Run Series by Gordon Korman
Meg and Aidan are the only ones who can prove their parents' innocence and get them out of jail. The first problem is the siblings are trapped in a juvenile detention center.
- On the Run #1: Chasing the Falconers
- On the Run #2: The Fugitive Factor
- On the Run #3: Now You See Them, Now You Don't
- On the Run #4: The Stowaway Solution
The Skeleton in the Smithsonian by Ron Roy
KC and Marshall are determined to expose a man they're sure is a phony. The stakes are high - if they fail he'll gain control of millions and the Smithsonian museum.
Spy X Series by Peter Lerangis
A mysterious package sets twins Andrew and Evie on the trail of their mother's disappearance. Along the way they learn to create and crack codes and they're stunned by what they uncover.
- Spy X #1: The Code
- Spy X #2: Hide and Seek
- Spy X #3: Proof Positive
The Valley of Secrets by Charmian Hussey
Stephen Lansbury believes he has no relatives, until a letter arrives telling him that his distant uncle is dead and has left him his country estate. When Stephen arrives, he's faced with a mystery preserved in the pages of his uncle's diary.
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
After Samuel W. Westing's mysterious death, 16 heirs gather for the reading of his will. To their surprise, the will challenges them to uncover his final, fatal mystery.
Whales on Stilts by M.T. Anderson
When Lily's father won't believe that his boss wants to take over the world using mind-controlled whales on stilts, it's left up to Lily to save the Earth.
Additional resources for teaching Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett:
Getting to Know the Worlds Greatest Artists: Winslow Homer by Mike Venezia (Grades 3-5)
Getting to Know the Worlds Greatest Artists: Diego VelÃ¡zquez by Mike Venezia (Grades 3-5)
Michelangelo by Diane Stanley (Grades 3-5)
Monet: Famous Artists by Antony Mason (Grades 3-5)
Teaching the Middle Ages with Magnificent Art Masterpieces by Marilyn Rosh (Grades 4-8)
What We Are What We See: Poems, Essays, and Art from the Best Young Writers and Artists in America (Grades 7+)
The Usborne Book of Secret Codes by Eileen O'Brien, Diana Riddel (Grades 3-5)
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