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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (11,732 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Blue Balliett Narrator: Ellen Reilly Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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When a book of unexplainable occurrences brings Petra Andalee & 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. As Petra and Calder are drawn clue by clue into a mysterious labyrinth they must draw on their powers of intuition, their skills at problem solving, and their knowledge of Vermeer. Can they decipher a crime that has left even the FBI baffled? Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • Suspenseful, exciting, charming, and even unexpectedly moving The New York Times
  • Thick with devilish red herrings, this smart, playful story never stops challenging (and exhilarating) the audience. Publishers Weekly
  • . . . the exciting, fast-paced story that’s sure to be relished by mystery-lovers. School Library Journal
  • Art, intrigue, and plenty of twists and turns make this art mystery a great read. Kirkus Review
  • “Ellen Reilly shines as narrator, providing perfect voices for the protagonists and the host of supporting characters. Her pleasant pitch and well-tempered pace make it easy to follow the twists of a complex plot.”


  • “Puzzles nest within puzzles in this ingeniously plotted and lightly delivered first novel that, revolving around the heist of a Vermeer painting.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • Winner of the 2005 Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Juvenile Fiction
  • Winner of the 2004 Agatha Award for Best Children's/Young Adult Novel
  • A 2005 Book Sense Book of the Year for Children's Literature

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Bozu | 2/15/2014

    " i havent finished yet but it seems fun "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Emily Howard | 2/4/2014

    " I was not so in to this book the first time I read it to my students, but this past year, I read it again and we did a lot of activities surrounding it with pentominoes and art, and I loved it. It's not the best writing ever, particularly the ending, but it sparks a lot of ideas and conversation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Hannah Kersting | 1/22/2014

    " Chasing Vermeer, written by Blue Balliett is a children's mystery novel and is set in Chicago. The plot of the story is based on two children Petra and Calder who are trying to find a missing painting. A famous Vermeer painting is taken from the art museum and the two children work together to try and find it. This mystery story is very fun, interesting, and suspenseful and the novel itself has definitely lived up to its hype. The illustrations are simply amazing. I personally loved the fact that the characters in the book are of different cultural backgrounds and give a sense of diversity to the book. I also absolutely love that their are hidden codes and crypts in the different illustrations. i can see this book being infectious in a middle school classroom. I can definitely see this book being in a 4-7th grade classroom. I know that almost all of the kids I work with absolutely love the nancy drew books and that this book is yet another perfectly written and illustrator mystery. I also really like that its not the stereotypical murder mystery novel, but rather its about art and including other various parts of education are crucial to children, so including the arts in this book is a great way for children to explore other famous artists. I really enjoyed this book and gave it 5 starts! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Natalie Rion | 1/20/2014

    " "Chasing Vermeer" is a book written by the author, Blue Balliett. It is a wonderful story for all young readers. I found the book to be very riveting. You are literally on the edge of your seat waiting to read what happens next. What I found so fantastic about the book were the characters; my favorite being the young school teacher, Miss Hussey. I found her eclectic style of teaching so creative and inspiring. Many can argue that her teaching is not realistic, but for a fictional children's story it is something to be admired. I also found "Chasing Vermeer" to be so interesting because it involved not only reading skills, but math skills. It is a book that any type of learner can enjoy. "

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