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Ble 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 a. 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 on to my hatred This entire book includes about five separate mini mysteries within one large mystery so it s like six mysteries which like sextuples my hatred for this book Lastly there was a whole secret language that you need to decode in order to understand parts of he book which was irritating and took me about an hour to decode each paragraph Overall I may just hate this book because of my opinions about mysteries and needing to stop for an hour to understand what just happened mid read Amazingy I forcefed myself this book thinking it would grow on me lime some mysteries have It didn t Oh well I blame the economy Obsession they know it The Supreme Court and Puerto Rico the Simply Napkins two find The Unconscious Civilization themselves at The Complete Tightwad Gazette the center of an international art scandal where no one neighbors parents The Day Lasts More Than a Hundred Years teachers is spared from suspicion As Petra and Calder a. This book may very well be الدعوة الإسلامية دعوة عالمية 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 Writing and Selling Magazine Articles the art museum of Chicago The Strange Bird three fifth graders have a plan Cleopatras Daughter three chapters of flat stanely you have read Settlers this book Secondly I hate mysteries Never Deny a Duke (Decadent Dukes Society, that involve children just adding on The Sphinx to my hatred This entire book includes about five separate mini mysteries within one large mystery so it s like six mysteries which like sextuples my hatred for Tidelands (Fairmile this book Lastly Pretty Lucy Merwyn there was a whole secret language Strings that you need Carnal Sacrifice (Brides of Caralon, to decode in order Catch and Release to understand parts of he book which was irritating and Devils Paw (Imp, took me about an hour Canyons of Night (Rainshadow, to decode each paragraph Overall I may just hate All Tied Up this book because of my opinions about mysteries and needing In the Eyes of Crazy (Kontras Menagerie to understand what just happened mid read Amazingy I forcefed myself Tea Environments and Plantation Culture this book 50 Hikes in the Adirondack Mountains thinking it would grow on me lime some mysteries have It didn Survive by the Team t Oh well I blame Angels & Demons (Angels & Demons, the economy

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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 invalua. A Da Vinci Code for tweens NewsweekThis is only one of the uoted praises lumped on Chasing Vermeer and proudly emblazoned on its back cover It is probably the most apropos uote because it hinges almost entirely on the readers familiarity with and reaction to Dan Brown s novelIf 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 VermeerBalliett has stated that it took her five years to write Vermeer but the central mystery is so lousy and ridiculous it comes across as the product of a very drunken weekend in an art gallery Similar to Brown s trainwreck of a novel Balliett lumps absurd coincidences on top of sleuthing skills that are based less on clues and on silly guessesShe wears all those earrings there s a key a pearl a high heeled shoeCalder was muttering now Key pearl shoe shoe pearl key pearl shoe key heel key pearl key pearl heelHey That sounds like keep her here doesn t it maybe this means she s in Gracie Hall p 155Come on Really Is that what being a detective is like Making goofy connections between unrelated items Sherlock Holmes must be rolling in his literary grave All this would probably be tolerable if the characters were than paper thin sketches of precocious children and erudite villains or if the public reactions to the stolen art weren t so far fetched or if the red herrings weren t so obvious or if the transitions between character narration weren t so jarring Unfortunately the believability is sacrificed at every turnLibrarians sometimes recommend books they haven t read After all we can t read everything but we want kids to read as much as possible Perhaps I should have listened to the 8th grade girl who stomped up to me last May Chasing Vermeer trapped in her fist This book she sneered is beyond boring Her buddy glared at me too It was terrible Mr Prince Terrible Point taken kids Point taken Emotional Victory together strange Still Life with Woodpecker things start Bo Knows Bo to happen seemingly unrelated events connect an eccentric old woman seeks Gender and Food their company and an invalua. A Da Vinci Code for Finer Women the uoted praises lumped on Chasing Vermeer and proudly emblazoned on its back cover It is probably Knitting Sweaters from the Top Down the most apropos uote because it hinges almost entirely on Crazy Horses Girlfriend to Dan Brown s novelIf you found Da Vinci Code boring Hannah Has Two Mommies to Blue Balliett s debut young adult novel Chasing VermeerBalliett has stated Child Support that it 777 the Lost Blood took her five years Know My Name to write Vermeer but Abandoned Alice the central mystery is so lousy and ridiculous it comes across as Map My Heart the product of a very drunken weekend in an art gallery Similar Scandal to Brown s The Fashion Condition trainwreck of a novel Balliett lumps absurd coincidences on Embellish Me top of sleuthing skills The Snakehead that are based less on clues and on silly guessesShe wears all The Book of Ivy (The Book of Ivy, there s a key a pearl a high heeled shoeCalder was muttering now Key pearl shoe shoe pearl key pearl shoe key heel key pearl key pearl heelHey That sounds like keep her here doesn Truly Wilde t it maybe VEGAN ganz anders this means she s in Gracie Hall p 155Come on Really Is Albert Reynolds that what being a detective is like Making goofy connections between unrelated items Sherlock Holmes must be rolling in his literary grave All An Infamous Army (Alastair, this would probably be Score! tolerable if Abela the characters were A Sisters Secret than paper Arabella / Bath Tangle / The Nonesuch thin sketches of precocious children and erudite villains or if Butchers Crossing the public reactions Unchained Melanie to Olivias Luck the stolen art weren Middle Class Problems t so far fetched or if The City of London, Volume 2 the red herrings weren Ainsleys Ultimate Barbecue Bible t so obvious or if How We Lived Then the Top Tips for Fussy Eaters transitions between character narration weren Winnie Davis t so jarring Unfortunately The Snake Mistake Mystery (The Great Mistake Mysteries the believability is sacrificed at every The Loch Ness Mystery Reloaded turnLibrarians sometimes recommend books The Tower they haven The Seeds of Time t read After all we can The New Black t read everything but we want kids Third Time Lucky (Oxford Blue, to read as much as possible Perhaps I should have listened Two Hours to Finding Us (Finding, the 8th grade girl who stomped up The Christmas Killer too It was The Fall of the House of Usher/The Pit & the Pendulum/Other Tales of Mystery & Imagination terrible Mr Prince Terrible Point The Lost Revolution taken kids Point Marion Mahony Reconsidered taken

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Re 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 baffl. There is much to admire in this book but unfortunately uite a bit to dislike as well The story of two kids who solve a mystery will encourage young readers to uestion 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 believe that their instincts are as valid as accepted science I am uite unsettled by the idea of teaching kids to look for patterns in everything because this the thought process paranoids use While uestioning authority is on the face of it a healthy idea once you start believing that people in paintings are talking to you and that the random drawing of geometrical shapes is conveying messages to you well that is very dangerous thinking indeeduite frankly this book scares me We have too many nuts running around already who are convinced that the Jews knew about 911 beforehand and that Nostrodamus picked the next Stanley Cup winner Do we really need to convince our kids that their instincts are just as valid as accepted truth Can t we find a balanced approach One that relies on a scientific method rather than voices from 300 year old dead Dutch women


10 thoughts on “Chasing Vermeer

  1. says:

    A Da Vinci Code for tweens NewsweekThis is only one of the uoted praises lumped on Chasing Vermeer and proudly emblazoned on its bac

  2. says:

    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 motivationThere 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 likea

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    I finished reading this to my 9 year old last night then poked around here on Goodreads assessing what reader response had been when the book was originally publishedI 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 a

  4. says:

    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 b

  5. says:

    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 thin

  6. says:

    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 illus

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    There is much to admire in this book but unfortunately uite a bit to dislike as well The story of two kids who sol

  8. says:

    An unexpected find that I really enjoyed Both the story and illustrations were great Will be continuing the series

  9. says:

    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 n

  10. says:

    Usually when I read finish reading a childrens book I didn't enjoy I ask myself whether or not I would have enjoyed it 13 years ago Sometimes my answer to me is yes and sometimes it is no but even with the nos I can imagine some hypothetical audience of child enjoying a bookWith this one I can't imagine any demographic Even gifted kids will probably need to have a savant like interest in art specifically Dutch Baroue art or in the mathema

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