Title: Chasing Vermeer
Reference: Balliett, B. (2004). Chasing Vermeer. New York, NY: Scholastic Inc.
Brief annotation: This fictional story is about two friends named Petra and Calder who start to make discoveries that at first seem like coincidences but later turn into a desperate search and recovery for a missing painting before it is destroyed or lost forever. These two six-graders use what they are learning in school and through independent study to solve a mystery that eluded even the FBI.
Genre: Mystery, Fiction
Grade level: 5.6
Interest level: Students in grades 3-7 would be interested in this book.
Personal response: This story is one that I would defiantly recommend to young readers because not only does it address everyday challenges of navigating social situations but also illustrates how smart young children are. For any student who is struggling to see the point in learning, this book will show them that the possibilities are endless and that some of the best learning is self driven and happens outside of the classroom.
Text-dependent question: What number is significant to this book?