Chasing Vermeer (Chasing Vermeer #1)
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?
Two children team together to find a missing Vemeer painting that is stolen from a museum. They investigate the paintings disappearance by speaking with several suspects to the crime and take risks, such as entering a school basement, to help find the painting. I found this book to be boring and had a difficult time turning the pages. I also did not like the author's voice or writing style.
Strange things are happening. Three people receive mysterious letters and dont know how to respond. But more importantly, two kids meet: Petra Andalee and Calder Pillay. They would never normally hang out, but things have been going a bit too weird and they need to pool their brains to figure it out. Because now they are involved in an international art scandal and a priceless Vermeer painting has been stolen. Its now up to them to figure the mystery out. No one else seems capable of it.
I really enjoyed the connections to pentominoes in this story, because I am a math person. But I think anyone who enjoys a good puzzle will enjoy these puzzles too. I also liked the illustrations, and was intrigued by the code in the pictures. This was a very fun book to read, and I recommend it for all fans of mystery books, especially but not limited to Sammy Keyes, Nancy Drew, and the Hardy Boys.
My first book, Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett was fantastic, as so many bloggers said that it was. Petra and Calder, two classmates that have barely spoken before, get thrown together into a mystery of dramatic proportions when a famous Vermeer painting is stolen en route to Chicago. After the theft, several people in town receive letters related to the painting and act very suspiciously, causing Petra and Calder to wonder just how many people they know may be involved in the theft of a priceless painting. The FBI may not be able to solve the mystery, but Petra and Calder are determined to!
The book was filled with great mystery and nice aspects of friendship despite differences. I loved Petra's quirky look (oh, did I mention the few illustrations are done by Brett Helquist of Lemony Snicket book fame?) and Calder just may be a very handsome man when he grows up. :-) I know my library just got the second book by this author in, also featuring Petra and Calder, and I can't wait to get my hands on it!