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If your breath quickened while ….. Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett...

Get into enigma-busting mode with these conundrum-filled titles.

Are you a secret sleuth? A pentomino puzzler? A deductive detective?

If you're inspired by the creative twists and turns in Chasing Vermeer, try these Artful Mysteries:

Art Auction Mystery by Anna Nilsen
Sixteen famous paintings have been stolen from museums around the world and replaced with forgeries. It's up to you to deduce which paintings are real and which are fakes.

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
Claudia and her brother, Jamie, decide to run away to The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The adventure increases as Claudia and her brother fall into an artistic mystery that has everyone stumped.

If you yearn to follow the pattern of clues right to end of the mystery, try these Puzzling Tales:

Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
Roy Eberhardt should be spending time adjusting to being the new kid at school. But he has more important things to worry about like who's the mysterious boy that lives in the woods... and who - or what - keeps sabotaging the dig site for Mother Paula's Pancakes?


On the Run Series by Gordon Korman

The Skeleton in the Smithsonian by Ron Roy
KC and Marshall are determined to expose a man they're sure is a phony. The stakes are high - if they fail he'll gain control of millions and the Smithsonian museum.

Spy X Series by Peter Lerangis

The Valley of Secrets by Charmian Hussey
Stephen Lansbury believes he has no relatives, until a letter arrives telling him that his distant uncle is dead and has left him his country estate. When Stephen arrives, he's faced with a mystery preserved in the pages of his uncle's diary.

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
After Samuel W. Westing's mysterious death, 16 heirs gather for the reading of his will. To their surprise the will challenges them to uncover his final, fatal mystery.

Whales on Stilts by M.T. Anderson
When Lily's father won't believe that his boss wants to take over the world using mind-controlled whales on stilts, it's left up to Lily to save the Earth.

Additional Resources:

Michelangelo by Diane Stanley

Mysterious Messages by Gary Blackwood  j652 BLACKWOOD

Making Secret Codes by Jillian Gregory   j652 GREGORY

Web Sites:

The Art Institute of Chicago

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Timeline of Art History

MoMA and P.S.1: Destination Modern Art

The Getty: Explore Art

Smart Museum of Art University of Chicago