Chasing Vermeer

About the Author

Blue Balliett is the author of several best-selling, acclaimed mystery novels, including Chasing Vermeer, The Wright 3, The Calder Game, and The Danger Box. She writes in the laundry room of her home in Chicago, Illinois.

Chasing Vermeer

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Blue Balliett with illustrations by Brett Helquist

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?

  • Softcover
  • 5.36 x 7.64 inches
  • 304 pages
  • Published: 2005
  • Reccomended for ages 8–12


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Editorial Reviews

"Balliett . . . has taken the literary craze for intellectual sleuthing . . . and combined it with a fidelity to old-fashioned trail-of-clues children's books, resulting in a novel about a stolen Vermeer painting that is suspenseful, exciting, charming and even unexpectedly moving." —Meg Wolitzer, The New York Times

"Puzzles nest within puzzles in this ingeniously plotted and lightly delivered first novel, revolving around the heist of a Vermeer painting." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

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