[Review] Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett

Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett

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Synopsis

Three stranger receive a letter asking them to help solve a hundred year old crime. Who are they and why them?

Two sixth graders begin to realize that there’s no such thing as coincidence when seemingly unrelated events begin to connect.

What is the old lady down the street hiding is she really who she appears to be?

What is making their teacher so upset? Is she in trouble? Does she need their help?

Oh the mystery!

Score 4/5

Some of my favorite events? in life are coincidences. Especially the ones that seem so random you have to wonder whether or not there’s something else at work. I love the excitement and that feeling of surprise coincidences bring when they come together. It’s so much fun!

This book is full of that. When random events start to come together Calder and Petra realize that things maybe are not so random after all. That if perhaps you look closely enough, you’ll see that life is full of patterns that reveal something important, something secret.

I really liked that the characters also questioned whether a coincidence was actually meaningful or if they had just started making stuff up. I would have given it 5 stars except that towards the end it felt like they were starting to go in circles. I think this book would have been a bit better hand it been a few pages shorter and gotten to the big reveal a little quicker. But over all, this was a very enjoyable read and it certainly kept me guessing.

 

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