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Chasing Vermeer

Chasing Vermeer

by Blue Balliett Illustrated by Brett Helquist

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 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?

8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Interest Level
Grades 3 - 7
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading
Scholastic Inc.
Number of Pages
Mystery and Suspense

About the Author and Illustrator

Contributor Image Alt Tag Blue Balliett Blue Balliett grew up in New York City and studied art history at Brown University. Balliett and her family now live in Chicago. She taught at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools before becoming a full-time writer.
Brett Helquist Brett Helquist is an illustrator whose work has appeared in books like Chasing Vermeer and Milly and the Macy's Parade.

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