Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett

A Lady Writing by Vermeer goes missing during a transfer between art museums. Strange letters pop up trying to get the public on the side of the art thief. Calder and Petra, sixth graders at the University School in Hyde Park, find patterns and coincidences that just don’t seem like mere coincidences in their quest to find the missing painting.

Chasing Vermeer is a cute book. It’s completely fiction, but sprinkled with real facts about Vermeer. It’ll get kids minds working trying to solve all the puzzles (including letters written in code) along with the characters. I recommend this book to middle grade kids. It makes a decent family read-aloud. Just have paper and pencil handy to solve the coded letters when you get to them.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 71
Pages Read in 2018: 17,057
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Filed under Middle Grades, Reason: Pre-Reading for Cameron, Reason: Pre-Reading for Fritz

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