Chasing Vermeer When a book of unexplainable occurrences brings Petra Andalee and Calder Pillay together strange things start to happen seemingly unrelated events connect an eccentric old woman seeks their company

  • Title: Chasing Vermeer
  • Author: Blue Balliett Brett Helquist
  • ISBN: 9780439372947
  • Page: 162
  • Format: Hardcover
  • When a book of unexplainable occurrences brings Petra Andalee and Calder Pillay together, strange things start to happen seemingly unrelated events connect, an eccentric old woman seeks their company, and an invaluable Vermeer painting disappears Before they know it, the two find themselves at the center of an international art scandal, where no one neighbors, parents,When a book of unexplainable occurrences brings Petra Andalee and Calder Pillay together, strange things start to happen seemingly unrelated events connect, an eccentric old woman seeks their company, and an invaluable Vermeer painting disappears Before they know it, the two find themselves at the center of an international art scandal, where no one neighbors, parents, teachers 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 left even the FBI baffled

    Chasing Vermeer Gold May , Blue Balliett is the author of several bestselling, acclaimed mystery novels, including Hold Fast, Chasing Vermeer a Book Sense Book of the Year and an Edgar Award winner , The Wright , The Calder Game, and The Danger Box She writes in the laundry room of her home in Chicago, Illinois, and you can find her online at blueballiettbooks. Chasing Vermeer Chasing Vermeer Two gifted sixth graders at the University of Chicago s Laboratory Schools partner up to solve the theft of a Johannes Vermeer painting. Chasing Vermeer Chasing Vermeer, by Blue Balliett Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett was given to me by a friend because it was similar to From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankweiler As I d read that and liked it, I was eager to read this I ve recently become interested in Vermeer, so that added to my motivation There are some things I Chasing Vermeer Blue Balliett s Books When a book of unexplainable occurrences brings Petra Andalee and Calder Pillay together, strange things start to happen seemingly unrelated events connect, an eccentric old woman seeks their company, and an invaluable Vermeer painting disappears. Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett Chasing Vermeer Lesson Plan Students will test their comprehension skills by identifying which events actually happened in Chasing Vermeer This lesson plan uses secret codes to solve a mystery.

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    1. Blue Balliett Brett Helquist

      I was born in New York City and grew up playing in Central Park, getting my share of scraped knees, and riding many public buses and subways By the time I was a teenager, I sometimes stopped at the Metropolitan Museum of Art or the Frick Museum after school, just to wander and look and think The Met has five Vermeer paintings and the Frick three, so Vermeer and I have been friends for many years.After studying art history in college, I moved to Nantucket Island, in Massachusetts, in order to write I surprised myself by writing two books of ghost stories, stories collected by interviewing people My husband and I met and were married on Nantucket, lived there year round for another 10 years, and had our two children there.When our kids started school, we moved to Chicago I began teaching 3rd grade at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools One year my class and I decided to figure out what art was about We asked many questions, visited many museums in the city, and set off a number of alarms by mistake, of course.In writing Chasing Vermeer, I wanted to explore the ways kids perceive connections between supposedly unrelated events and situations, connections that grown ups often miss Given the opportunity, kids can ask questions that help them to think their way through tough problems that adults haven t been able to figure out problems like the theft of a Vermeer painting In The Wright 3, I play with questions about architecture as art, the preservation of old buildings, and Frank Lloyd Wright s legacy I wanted to continue exploring controversial ideas within the three dimensional art world We need kids to develop into powerful, out of the box thinkers, now than ever I believe in making trouble of the right kind.My third book, The Calder Game, takes place in a small community in England, a 1,000 year old town that I visited while on a book tour I had a wonderful time writing this book I had to do lots of eavesdropping, poking around, tiptoeing through graveyards, and climbing walls, and then there was all the Cadbury chocolate I had to eat Alexander Calder s work is art for any age I first saw his sculpture when I was 9 years old, in a show at the Guggenheim Museum in New York It was art but it was magic, and it left me hungry for This, I m sure, was the beginning of my belief that art is about adventure.Blue Balliett grew up in New York City and attended Brown University She and her family now live in Chicago, within walking distance of Frank Lloyd Wright s Robie House Balliett s books have now appeared in 34 languages Warner Bros Pictures has acquired the film rights to Chasing Vermeer.

    730 thoughts on “Chasing Vermeer”

    1. A Da Vinci Code for tweens NewsweekThis is only one of the quoted praises lumped on Chasing Vermeer and proudly emblazoned on its back cover It is probably the most apropos quote because it hinges almost entirely on the readers familiarity with and reaction to Dan Brown s novel.If you found Da Vinci Code boring, trite, melodramatic, sophomoric, and preposterous, you will probably have a similar reaction to Blue Balliett s debut young adult novel, Chasing Vermeer.Balliett has stated that it took [...]

    2. Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett was given to me by a friend because it was similar to From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankweiler As I d read that and liked it, I was eager to read this I ve recently become interested in Vermeer, so that added to my motivation.There are some things I liked about the book There are two protagonists who are both perceived as nerds, but they are initially interesting and rather likeable Their names, by the way, were carefully chosen by Balliett as referenc [...]

    3. This book may very well be the worst book I have ever read in my entire life Why Let me break it down for you There s a painting It gets stolen Lucky for the art museum of Chicago, three fifth graders have a plan to get it back So if you d ever read the last three chapters of flat stanely, you have read this entire book First of all, I generally hate mystery books anyway, which is most likely a prime factor of my hatred for this book Secondly, I hate mysteries that involve children, just adding [...]

    4. I loved parts of this book and disliked other parts, so there you are the epilogue ending is particularly bad in that I don t know how to work all this into the plot, so here, this is what happened kind of way The there s no such thing as coincidence stuff would have been way overdone in any other book, but I understand that that was one of the author s main points here still, I wasn t convinced And the art history reads as coming straight from the author s Brown BA at least twenty years ago ver [...]

    5. I finished reading this to my 9 year old last night, then poked around here on , assessing what reader response had been when the book was originally published.I was surprised by how many reviewers didn t like this book, or couldn t finish it Believe me, I understand the issues readers had with plot points Yes, the plot does unravel somewhat at the end Yes, the bad guy here was a stretch of the imagination, and too many sloppy bits were thrown in at the end I m never a fan of not getting your st [...]

    6. Another YA purchase from Green Apple books, and to be honest, a disappointment This is a new ish book, published in 2004, and while I had never read it before, I had high hopes I had read reviews that said it was clever, it has expert illustrations by Brett Helquist Lemony Snicket s illustrator , and the inside flap lead me to believe it was a puzzle tale in the same vein as The Westing Game, by Ellen Raskin Chasing Vermeer is not a terrible book, but it didn t live up to my expectations.It tell [...]

    7. Through a string of seemingly unrelated events, Calder and Petra find themselves in the center of an art heist that has the world buzzing and the Police and museum officials puzzled Can Calder and Petra find the priceless Vermeer before it s too late And what exactly do their teacher Ms Hussey and Mrs Sharpe, the old lady down the street, have to do with it The University of Chicago campus and Calder and Petra s neighborhood of Hyde Park are the backdrop for this fast moving tale of art and intr [...]

    8. There is much to admire in this book, but unfortunately quite a bit to dislike as well The story of two kids who solve a mystery will encourage young readers to question authority, think outside the box and look for interesting connections in the world around them All good things, right Unfortunately, there is a whole lot of potential problems with the kind of philosophy this book advocates A belief in parapsychology is a dangerous thing to instill in children because it easily leads them to bel [...]

    9. This book was a lot of fun to read It reminded me a little of a Da Vinci code for younger minds, only in some ways this book was a lot trickier Throughout, there is a pentomino code, and another hidden code which I never tried to decipher, although I saw the clues Codes aren t my thing But I was still pulling out a notebook to decrypt the letters going between two friends in certain chapters.I think this is a really original and unique book, that looks at things in all sorts of ways ways we migh [...]

    10. SPOILER ALERT Have you ever tried to solve a mystery Well Petra and Calder have The genre of this book is mystery.Its mystery because Calder and Petra are trying to find the famous Vermeer painting that has been stolen My overall opinion of this book is i loved it because it s so fun and loved the creativity In the beginning of the book Petra and Calder receive a letter from an unknown person asking them for help fixing a crime involving art This letter threatens them, telling them that if they [...]

    11. I had far too many problems with this book to even start to enumerate them I ll just mention the one thing I really liked about sharing the experience of listening to this book the first half and then reading it aloud the second with my son It so happened that when we reached the point in the story where Vermeer s painting A Lady Writing is introduced, we were visiting my mother s home in Northern Virginia On the morning of the drive home, it turned out to be really easy to make our first stop o [...]

    12. Chasing Vermeer is a fun children s book, easy to read, with pictures that involve some thought, if you want to put that thought into it I am lazy, I did not I have some overall questions about the tack the book takes on Charles Fort and how it veers a little bit into magic without ever exploring that, but hey, a children s book that might introduce kids to Charles Fort I m pretty much in.Note The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in policy and enforcement You can read wh [...]

    13. I loved the book because shows a new level of mystery for me because I liked how a painting was stolen.And too characters named Petra and Calder want to find it they use pentominos to help them find the painting and they find the painting but while they where doing that strange things are happining.

    14. Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett is a story about two sixth graders who go on a magical adventure The book starts out by 3 anonymous people receiving a letter asking for help to uncover the truth about an artist named Vermeer You find out at the end of the book that these three people in fact live in the same area and are related in many ways Petra and Calder seem to be your typical sixth grade students, until you realize that they think very differently than other sixth graders They are mesmeri [...]

    15. The star rating may be a little unfair For me, as an adult, it s two stars Any kid age 8 to 12 probably would give this 5 stars This is a code within a story, and I had a hard time deciding which to pay attention to Because there s also an identical code in the pictures which is easily deciphered, I chose story I m pretty sure the code is easily deciphered within the story, I just didn t write down each time the author mentioned a specific pentomino.The storyline really is pretty good with a rea [...]

    16. This book is OK It s not really trying to be the Da Vinci Code for kids, but the movement in recent years with smart protagonists is definitely represented here The two protagonists are very likable and I was interested in the glowingly positive representation of the Chicago School constructivist education model The problem here is a common one in YA, but magnified in this book I think The kids are too curious and diligent I can believe the overly brave, adventurous kids in most YA than I can b [...]

    17. Chasing Vermeer is this boy, Calder Pillay, and a girl, Petra Andalee who have an unusual friendship They become friends because of all the strange coincidences that happen when doing a project for their teacher, Mrs Hussey It starts with Calder s favorite piece of art is a painting by Johannes Vermeer and Petra daydreams about a Vermeer painting She also finds a book, Lo , that has the name Sharpe engraved on it and there is an elderly lady that they meet named Mrs Sharpe She turns out to be th [...]

    18. Chasing Vermeer, by Blue Balliet and Illustrated by Brett Hellquist,is a fascinating mystery novel that continually draws readers in In this respect it is a very interactive novel For starters the two main characters, Calder Pillay and Petra Andalee, are perceived to be extremely geeky However, they both realize that they have many common interests such as both liking blue M M s, and end up becoming great friends Their quirks have an appeal that readers cannot help but like Calder and Petra over [...]

    19. I might have enjoyed this had I not had its predecessors in the forefront of my brain Such as, the two kid main characters in Chasing Vermeer becoming obsessed with a work of art which reminded me so strongly of From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankweiler And the back rather made it sound like a mystery that could have been written by Ellen Raskin So, with those two things in mind, this book could be nothing but a disappointment Well, perhaps disappointment is the wrong word, though it c [...]

    20. Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett is such an intriguing book for young adult readers I absolutely love mystery books and this one kept me on my toes I found myself unable to put it down wanting to know what would happen next I must say that the end was not what I expected This book could be pinned as a spin off of the Da Vinci Code and the characters, Petra Andalee and Calder Pillay really bring the story to life This book will relate well to children who feel as though they get caught in sticky [...]

    21. Interestingly enough, for all the love this book gets, it basically sucks The mystery hinges almost entirely on unimaginable coincidences and hunches, which is pretty weak Even pre teens deserve better than this And unlike the DaVinci Code, to which it is strangely compared in a blurb, it drags and the adult characters are unidentifiable and bleed together.Now, with all that said, I ve never yet had a enjoyable time reading a book with a group of twelve year olds The kids were totally engaged a [...]

    22. I really wanted to like this, and I think it could have been really great, but unfortunately the coincidences and psychic connections were all too far fetched for me within the context of an ordinary book no supernatural magical element I liked the kids, the way they were nerdy and both from interesting racial backgrounds, and the way the authority figures were all fallable and the kids genuinely cared about them I also liked the way art history and interpretation was handled, because art wasn t [...]

    23. La inceput, cartea mi a placut mult Foarte mult Chiar ma gandisem sa ii dau 5 stelute Avea logica, mister si intriga si ma facea sa imi storc creierii.Dar pe parcurs au inceput sa apara prambureli despre vise magice, comunicari tablou copchii si niste coincidente care tineau de ei insisi, nu de caz in sine De asemenea, speram ca hotul sa nu fie doar un alt ingamfat, iubitor de banet, ci chiar un fel de super erou al artei Ar fi fost mult mai interesant un idealist, cu principii, dar care face lu [...]

    24. I loved Chasing Vermeer It has lots of art history and mystery I really like mystery books, and this is a great and mysterious book You have so many characters and events, that you have lots of different suspicions I actually had nothing to read, and so my mom texted my violin teacher because I was going to a violin lesson, and she suggested Chasing Vermeer She said that she knew I would love it, and I definitely did I would suggest this book to anyone looking for a good mystery book that you ca [...]

    25. One star for Hyde Park as a character as Hanna so perfectly said, and one star for the laugh I had when one of the details of Ida Noyes Dell was that stinky garbage smell that always comes out of the east grates The rest just read so non sensically convenient even if that was the point Couldn t But HP love

    26. I love it so much I love mysteries and I especially loved this one I hope someone who read my review try or read this book.

    27. Chasing Vermeer was a good book I don t really like mysteries so that is a compliment Overall this was a great book

    28. I did not like this book as much I did not like it because I am not really interested in mysteries.

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