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... show more
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?
Publish date: 2004-06-01
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Pages no: 272
Edition language: English
, Realistic Fiction
, Middle Grade
A fun mystery that I would like to share with some of my readers - those who like a puzzle, strange coincidences, etc. I think that some of my students might struggle with some lack of background knowledge - it might be a good one to get to read in Subtext so they could have some links posted...? G...
I found this book on a shelf in the waiting area of the The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum in Williamsburg, Virginia, while I was waiting for my parents to finish their tour of the museum. It was a quick read--I got about 3/4ths of the way through the book while I waited--but I can't say t...
This was a decent book. My kids liked it. The story was entertaining and I appreciated the attempt to introduce some more interesting ideas into a kids book than "Be yourself!".
Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett (?)
The synopsis looked promising, with phrases like: "unexplained occurrences" and "seemingly unrelated events connect." The author did a reasonable job in linking together coincidences, synchronistic events, made several allusions to tapping into the collective consciousness (via dreams and other cogn...