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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 The Supreme Court and Puerto Rico they know it Simply Napkins the The Unconscious Civilization two find The Complete Tightwad Gazette themselves at The Day Lasts More Than a Hundred Years the center of an international art scandal where no one neighbors parents الدعوة الإسلامية دعوة عالمية teachers is spared from suspicion As Petra and Calder a This book may very well be Writing and Selling Magazine Articles 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 Strange Bird the art museum of Chicago Collected Stories three fifth graders have a plan Collected Stories to get it back So if you d ever read Cleopatras Daughter the last Funny Feckin' Irish Jokes!: Humorous Jokes about Everything Irish.Sure Tis Great Craic! three chapters of flat stanely you have read Settlers this entire book First of all I generally hate mystery books anyway which is most likely a prime factor of my hatred for Never Deny a Duke (Decadent Dukes Society, this book Secondly I hate mysteries The Sphinx that involve children just adding on Tidelands (Fairmile 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 Pretty Lucy Merwyn this book Lastly Strings there was a whole secret language Carnal Sacrifice (Brides of Caralon, that you need Catch and Release to decode in order Devils Paw (Imp, to understand parts of he book which was irritating and Canyons of Night (Rainshadow, took me about an hour All Tied Up to decode each paragraph Overall I may just hate The Film Snob*s Dictionary this book because of my opinions about mysteries and needing In the Eyes of Crazy (Kontras Menagerie to stop for an hour Tea Environments and Plantation Culture to understand what just happened mid read Amazingy I forcefed myself 50 Hikes in the Adirondack Mountains this book Survive by the Team thinking it would grow on me lime some mysteries have It didn Angels & Demons (Angels & Demons, t Oh well I blame Washington! (Wagons West, 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 Crazy Horses Girlfriend together strange Sisterhood Is Forever: The Women's Anthology for a New Millennium things start Hannah Has Two Mommies to happen seemingly unrelated events connect an eccentric old woman seeks Child Support their company and an invalua A Da Vinci Code for 777 the Lost Blood tweens NewsweekThis is only one of Know My Name the uoted praises lumped on Chasing Vermeer and proudly emblazoned on its back cover It is probably Abandoned Alice the most apropos uote because it hinges almost entirely on Map My Heart the readers familiarity with and reaction Scandal to Dan Brown s novelIf you found Da Vinci Code boring The Fashion Condition trite melodramatic sophomoric and preposterous you will probably have a similar reaction Embellish Me to Blue Balliett s debut young adult novel Chasing VermeerBalliett has stated The Snakehead that it Painting Beautiful Skin Tones with Color & Light took her five years The Book of Ivy (The Book of Ivy, to write Vermeer but Truly Wilde the central mystery is so lousy and ridiculous it comes across as VEGAN ganz anders the product of a very drunken weekend in an art gallery Similar Albert Reynolds to Brown s An Infamous Army (Alastair, trainwreck of a novel Balliett lumps absurd coincidences on Score! 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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 bo

  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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