Chasing Vermeer

  • Filename: chasing-vermeer.
  • ISBN: 9780545541015
  • Release Date: 2012-12-01
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Author: Blue Balliett
  • Publisher: Scholastic Inc.

This bewitching first novel is a puzzle, wrapped in a mystery, disguised as an adventure, and delivered as a work of art. When a book of unexplainable occurences brings Petra and Calder together, strange things start to happen: Seemingly unrelated events connect; an eccentric old woman seeks their company; an invaluable Vermeer painting disappears. Before they know it, the two find themselves at the center of an international art scandal, where no one 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 stumped even the FBI?

Chasing Vermeer Teacher Guide

  • Filename: chasing-vermeer-teacher-guide.
  • ISBN: 1581309244
  • Release Date: 2007-01-01
  • Number of pages: 36
  • Author: Linda Herman
  • Publisher:

Presents resources for teaching Blue Balliett's "Chasing Vermeer" to fifth and sixth grade students, including a summary, author profile, pre-reading and culminating activities, vocabulary exercises, discussion questions, and activities for each section.

The Wright 3

  • Filename: the-wright-3.
  • ISBN: 9780545362320
  • Release Date: 2012-12-01
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Author: Blue Balliett
  • Publisher: Scholastic Inc.

From the New York Times-bestselling team behind Chasing Vermeer comes another thought-provoking art mystery featuring Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie house--now in After Words paperback! Spring semester at the Lab School in Hyde Park finds Petra and Calder drawn into another mystery when unexplainable accidents and ghostly happenings throw a spotlight on Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House, and it's up to the two junior sleuths to piece together the clues. Stir in the return of Calder's friend Tommy (which creates a tense triangle), H.G. Wells's The Invisible Man, 3-D pentominoes, and the hunt for a coded message left behind by Wright, and the kids become tangled in a dangerous web in which life and art intermingle with death, deception, and surprise.

The Calder Game

  • Filename: the-calder-game.
  • ISBN: 9780545279130
  • Release Date: 2012-12-01
  • Number of pages: 416
  • Author: Blue Balliett
  • Publisher: Scholastic Inc.

This new mystery from bestselling author Blue Balliett is now available in After Words paperback! When Calder Pillay travels with his father to a remote village in England, he finds a mix of mazes and mystery . . . including an unexpected Alexander Calder sculpture in the town square. Calder is strangely drawn to the sculpture, while other people have less-than-friendly feelings towards it. Both the boy and the sculpture seem to be out of place . . . and then, on the same night, they disappear! Calder's friends Petra and Tommy must fly out to help his father find him. But this mystery has more twists and turns than a Calder mobile . . . with more at stake than first meets the eye.

Pieces and Players

  • Filename: pieces-and-players.
  • ISBN: 0606388192
  • Release Date: 2016-04-26
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Author: Blue Balliett
  • Publisher: Turtleback Books

THE PIECES Thirteen extremely valuable pieces of art have been stolen from one of the most secretive museums in the world. A Vermeer has vanished. A Manet is missing. And nobody has any idea where they and the other eleven artworks might be . . . or who might have stolen them. THE PLAYERS Calder, Petra, and Tommy are no strangers to heists and puzzles. Now they've been matched with two new sleuths -- Zoomy, a very small boy with very thick glasses, and Early, a girl who treasures words . . . and has a word or two to say about the missing treasure. The kids have been drawn in by the very mysterious Mrs. Sharpe, who may be playing her own kind of game with the clues. And it's not just Mrs. Sharpe who's acting suspiciously -- there's a ghost who mingles with the guards in the museum, a cat who acts like a spy, and bystanders in black jackets who keep popping up. With pieces and players, you have all the ingredients for a fantastic mystery from the amazing Blue Balliett.

Hold Fast

  • Filename: hold-fast.
  • ISBN: 9780545510196
  • Release Date: 2013-03-01
  • Number of pages: 288
  • Author: Blue Balliett
  • Publisher: Scholastic Inc.

From NYT bestselling author Blue Balliett, the story of a girl who falls into Chicago's shelter system, and from there must solve the mystery of her father's strange disappearance. Where is Early's father? He's not the kind of father who would disappear. But he's gone . . . and he's left a whole lot of trouble behind. As danger closes in, Early, her mom, and her brother have to flee their apartment. With nowhere else to go, they are forced to move into a city shelter. Once there, Early starts asking questions and looking for answers. Because her father hasn't disappeared without a trace. There are patterns and rhythms to what's happened, and Early might be the only one who can use them to track him down and make her way out of a very tough place. With her signature, singular love of language and sense of mystery, Blue Balliett weaves a story that takes readers from the cold, snowy Chicago streets to the darkest corner of the public library, on an unforgettable hunt for deep truths and a reunited family.

Chasing Vermeer Student Packet

  • Filename: chasing-vermeer-student-packet.
  • ISBN: 1581309252
  • Release Date: 2007-01-01
  • Number of pages:
  • Author: Linda Herman
  • Publisher:

Workbook appropriate for grades 5-6 examines the children's book "Chasing Vermeer" by Blue Balliett with fill-in-the-blank vocabulary, writing, and comprehension activities and includes two quizzes, one test, and an answer key.


  • Filename: lo.
  • ISBN: 9781596050280
  • Release Date: 2004-05-15
  • Number of pages: 411
  • Author: Charles Fort
  • Publisher: Cosimo, Inc.

Charles Fort's parade of scientific anomalies frames the larger anomaly that is human existence. "Lo!" is a book with the capacity to rewire brains and sculpt new lenses for seeing the unexpected, the unexplained--and perhaps for glimpsing our own role in Fort's mystifying cosmic scheme.

The Danger Box

  • Filename: the-danger-box.
  • ISBN: 9780545532297
  • Release Date: 2012-10-01
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Author: Blue Balliett
  • Publisher: Scholastic Inc.

An all-new mystery from the bestselling author of Chasing Vermeer and The Calder Game! A boy in a small town who has a different way of seeing. A curious girl who doesn't belong. A mysterious notebook. A missing father. A fire. A stranger. A death. These are some of the things you'll find within The Danger Box, the new mystery from bestselling author Blue Balliett. Open with care.

Chasing Lincoln s Killer

  • Filename: chasing-lincoln-s-killer.
  • ISBN: 9780545495806
  • Release Date: 2012-09-01
  • Number of pages: 208
  • Author: James L. Swanson
  • Publisher: Scholastic Inc.

NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author James Swanson delivers a riveting account of the chase for Abraham Lincoln's assassin. Based on rare archival material, obscure trial manuscripts, and interviews with relatives of the conspirators and the manhunters, CHASING LINCOLN'S KILLER is a fast-paced thriller about the pursuit and capture of John Wilkes Booth: a wild twelve-day chase through the streets of Washington, D.C., across the swamps of Maryland, and into the forests of Virginia.

Under the Egg

  • Filename: under-the-egg.
  • ISBN: 9781101614242
  • Release Date: 2014-03-18
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Author: Laura Marx Fitzgerald
  • Publisher: Penguin

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler meets Chasing Vermeer in this clever middle grade debut When Theodora Tenpenny spills a bottle of rubbing alcohol on her late grandfather’s painting, she discovers what seems to be an old Renaissance masterpiece underneath. That’s great news for Theo, who’s struggling to hang onto her family’s two-hundred-year-old townhouse and support her unstable mother on her grandfather’s legacy of $463. There’s just one problem: Theo’s grandfather was a security guard at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and she worries the painting may be stolen. With the help of some unusual new friends, Theo's search for answers takes her all around Manhattan, and introduces her to a side of the city—and her grandfather—that she never knew. To solve the mystery, she'll have to abandon her hard-won self-reliance and build a community, one serendipitous friendship at a time.

From the Mixed up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankweiler

  • Filename: from-the-mixed-up-files-of-mrs-basil-e-frankweiler.
  • ISBN: 9781416949756
  • Release Date: 2007-09-25
  • Number of pages: 176
  • Author: E.L. Konigsburg
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Having run away with her younger brother to live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, twelve-year-old Claudia strives to keep things in order in their new home and to become a changed person and a heroine to herself.

The Sixty Eight Rooms

  • Filename: the-sixty-eight-rooms.
  • ISBN: 9780375893247
  • Release Date: 2010-02-23
  • Number of pages: 288
  • Author: Marianne Malone
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

Almost everybody who has grown up in Chicago knows about the Thorne Rooms. Housed in the Children’s Galleries of the Chicago Art Institute, they are a collection of 68 exquisitely crafted miniature rooms made in the 1930s by Mrs. James Ward Thorne. Each of the 68 rooms is designed in the style of a different historic period, and every detail is perfect, from the knobs on the doors to the candles in the candlesticks. Some might even say, the rooms are magic. Imagine—what if you discovered a key that allowed you to shrink so that you were small enough to sneak inside and explore the rooms’ secrets? What if you discovered that others had done so before you? And that someone had left something important behind? Fans of Chasing Vermeer, The Doll People, and From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler will be swept up in the magic of this exciting art adventure! From the Hardcover edition.

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