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Chasing Vermeer Paperback – May 1, 2005
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Already being heralded as The DaVinci Code for kids, Chasing Vermeer will have middle grade readers scrutinizing art books as they try to solve the mystery along with Calder and Petra. In an added bonus, artist Brett Helquist has also hidden a secret pentomino message in several of the books illustrations for readers to decode. An auspicious and wonderfully satisfying debut that will leave no young detective clueless. --Jennifer Hubert --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Having read The Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, The Boxcar Children, and all sorts of ?simpler? mystery novels as a child, this really was refreshing. I wish something like this had been around (or that I had known of it) when I was in 6th grade. Even for an adult, it?s an interesting, provocative work, with excellent pacing and sure handed writing. And any book that increases interest in art, thinking, or ideas has automatically hit a home run for me.
Aside from the terrific storytelling and infectious plotting, I was very intrigued by the two main characters. Both are ?hybrids? ? a far cry from the typical Caucasian heroes we see everyday. Bravo to the author for the varied ethnicity!
It?s also a pleasure to read a book written ?in? Chicago. Too many novels take place in New York, or L.A., and believe me ? Chicago is culturally rich enough to support many more stories of this nature.
The hidden clues were fun to figure out. I?ve never had much of a brain for puzzles, so even one aimed at kids between the ages of 9 and 12 challenged me. It took me a while to puzzle the clues out, and when I did, I discovered that there isn?t only one solution! There are two, equally valid solutions ? the one on the website, and the one I found. And yes, there really are two ? even though I don?t possess a proclivity for this sort of thing.
I?m already anxiously awaiting Ms. Balliett?s next book. As she is a teacher in the Hyde Park area of Chicago (which is as rich and culturally diverse as it gets here), I hope to see even more of this magnificent city!
However, as the solution of the problem began coming together, I was horrified at the methods taken to form the conclusion. I will not give away the ending, but there are two main clues which resolve the issue. The first one is obtained through a dreamlike transmission of information from the dead woman in the painting, a form of ¡Èchanneling¡É. While paintings can convey emotions and cultural atmosphere, they cannot convey specific information about their location within a building!Read more ›
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I got excited when I first started reading about the book. The actuality was a good kids book reasonably well written and with some interesting scientific introductions. Read morePublished 6 days ago by dan the mann
This book was cutting edge and adventurous. I promise you you'll be on the edge of your seat to read the next pagePublished 1 month ago by Rodrigo E
Chasing Vermeer is a middle-grade novel centering around two slightly odd eleven-year-olds, whose intellectual curiosity brings them together to solve a mystery. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Alba
I read this book as part of the Battle of the Books list our fourth to sixth grade students read, and was intrigued from page one! Balliett's writing is intelligent and fast-paced. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Marianne Augenstein
Every book was in excellent condition. Can't wait to read it with my class!Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
One of my all-time favourite books as a child! Recently bought to read again after spending hours in front of Vermeer's A Lady Writing and was not disappointed. Read morePublished 2 months ago by K. Hancock