Art theft is usually journalism fodder, but in Blue Balliett’s Chasing Vermeer it becomes the catalyst for an exciting foray into detective work. Sixth-graders Petra Andalee and Calder Pillay are learning a great deal about art in Ms. Hussey’s class, and this newly developed knowledge and curiosity are tested when a thief steals, and then threatens to destroy, a priceless painting by a Dutch artist, Johannes Vermeer. The two young sleuths set about tracing the whereabouts of the picture known as A Lady Writing, and along the way are aided by private letters penned by the thief, and information in an unusual book, named Lo!, written by Charles Fort. Fort, a naturalist, wrote in the early 20th century, exploring the pattern of events that may or may not represent coincidence. Fort’s writing spurs the children onto an empowering intellectual quest. The adventures of Petra and Calder make for a fun and exciting read, and readers can attempt to solve the mystery by deciphering the code in the illustrations, further developing an appreciation of fine art.
Expressly created for middle school students, this Learning Links Novel-Ties guide will aid students by training them for more complex reading in the future. Chapter-by-chapter pre- and post-reading activities and worksheets allow students to become comfortable with the majority of literary devices, instilling a greater understanding and appreciation for literature. A novel synopsis and worksheet answer key is provided for educators. Novel-Ties guides are a notable supplementary resource for both guided and differentiated reading.This eBook is an entry in the Novel-Ties Literature Guides series for Grade 6, comprised of the following additional titles: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH; Old Yeller; The Westing Game; The Witch of Blackbird Pond; Jacob Have I Loved; The Secret Garden; Gentlehands; Nothing But the Truth; Freak, the Mighty; The Giver; Wringer; Holes; Hatchet; Number the Stars; The Egypt Game; The Devil's Arithmetic; Maniac Magee; Brian's Winter; The House of Dies Drear; Hoot; Walk Two Moons; The View from Saturday; The Watsons Go To Birmingham - 1963; Out of the Dust; Parrot in the Oven; Jason's Gold; Chasing Vermeer; The City of Ember; When My Name Was Keoko; Flush; The Graveyard Book; Small Steps; The Mysterious Benedict Society; When You Reach Me; The Hunger Games; Moon Over Manifest; Scat. All aforementioned Novel-Ties eBooks can be observed by clicking on the 'View All In Series' button to the left.