Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett
Posted on 02/26/2020
Photo: Cover of Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett

"I love this book! It's fun learning about art and solving a mystery at the same time!"

Elisabeth Biernik, Rivermont Elementary


Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett is the Hamilton Book of the Week nominated by Rivermont Elementary. When a book of unexplainable occurrences 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?

Editorial Reviews


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“Blue Balliet has written a thought-provoking novel with interesting characters, set against a richly diverse cultural backdrop. Brett Helquist's illustrations are masterful, and they are essential to the story.”


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Hamilton Book of the Week seeks to move Hamilton County Schools closer to district goals found in the Future Ready 2023 action plan.  We hope to encourage kids to read more books for fun by sharing books popular at area schools. 


Goals more students reading will address include:

  • Reading improvement will increase the number of students on-track or mastering English language arts
  • Improve the district ACT score to a district average of 21    
  • Reach the target goal of a 90 percent graduation rate by 2023