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ISBN13: 9780439372978
ISBN10: 0439372976
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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?

Synopsis:

When a book of unexplainable occurences brings Petra and Calder together, strange things start to happen. Before they know it, the two find themselves at the center of an international art scandal. Can they decipher a crime that has stumped even the FBI?

About the Author

Blue Balliett is the author of several bestselling, acclaimed mystery novels, including Chasing Vermeer (a Book Sense Book of the Year and an Edgar Award winner), The Wright 3, The Calder Game, and The Danger Box. She writes in the laundry room of her home in Chicago, Illinois, and you can find her online at www.blueballiettbooks.com.

Brett Helquist was born in Ganado, Arizona, and grew up in Orem, Utah. He entered Brigham Young University as an engineering major, but soon realized this was not the right choice for him. Having decided to take time off from college, he headed to Taiwan where he stumbled into a job illustrating English textbooks, which he enjoyed. There, a friend introduced him to an illustration student, also from Brigham Young University. This introduction inspired Brett to eventually switch majors. After spending a year in Taiwan, he went back to BYU and transferred to the illustration department. In 1993 he received a fine arts degree in illustration.

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an_Assyrian, November 16, 2006 (view all comments by an_Assyrian)
After receiving a recommendation from a trusted Powell's employee, I purchased this math, art, mystery, and adventure book for my 8-year-old daughter who enjoyed it very much. Since we visit Powell's bookstore, museums, and caf?s located within the University of Chicago campus, this unique book complete with a university setting and sweet characters, made for a delightful reading. Father and daughter's next adventure book from this (hopefully!) series, "The Wright 3".
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Mimi, October 15, 2006 (view all comments by Mimi)
Mysteries worth reading are hard to find. This one mixes math (pentaminoes-figures made of 5 touching squares), art, and mystery. My students love it. It leaves you with the sense that art is valuable and important in people's lives. True to the mystery genre, there are red herrings, 2 sleuths, and deductions to be made. Appropriate for 5th graders for sure.
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Yascas, August 15, 2006 (view all comments by Yascas)
As are so many things in life, this book is a mystery.
With nothing but an imagination and a set of pentominoes (mathematical tools) the reader is led into a braintwisting maze to uncover the marushka doll-like layers of serets that lay hidden within this story.
The preface to the book states, "Don't be fooled by ideas that seem, at first, to fit easily. Don't be fooled by ideas that don't seem to fit at all. Pentominoes, like people can surprise you." So will this book.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780439372978
Author:
Balliett, Blue
Publisher:
Scholastic Paperbacks
Illustrator:
Helquist, Brett
Author:
Renn, Diana
Author:
West, Jacqueline
Author:
Helquist, Brett
Subject:
Art
Subject:
Mysteries, Espionage, & Detective Stories
Subject:
Mystery and detective stories
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - Mysteries / Detective
Subject:
Art (painting sculpture artists architecture etc.)
Subject:
Mysteries & Detective Stories
Subject:
Children s Middle Readers-General
Subject:
Art/Architecture
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Interactive Adventures
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
The Books of Elsewhere
Series Volume:
The Books of Elsewhe
Publication Date:
20050531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 5
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
7.63 x 5.25 in
Age Level:
09-12

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