Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Chasing Vermeer

Our new read-aloud book is Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett. This is a complex mystery that includes math puzzles as well as art history lessons. We have to pay close attention as we are reading to keep up with all the scholarly twists and turns.

Here is a book review from Scholastic's website:

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?

Want to learn more about this intriguing book?