An entertaining and enjoyable enough mystery about two sixth-graders - Calder and Petra - who find themselves, through a number of coincidences, the only two people able to rescue a stolen painting by Vermeer. For the most part the book rolls along pretty quickly, but it's a bit draggy in some areas and the ending is ridiculous (the coincidences too many, and a bit too tidy a wrap-up). I imagine younger readers would enjoy the code aspect, but I found it annoying to decipher the letters from Calder's friend, so I quit trying and just relied on what came after to work out their contents.
I'll probably never read this book again, but I'll keep it around in case I ever know a 11 year old in need of something to read....Continua
I liked the general feel of the story and the search for patterns. However, the clues were unrealistic, based on feelings or psychic intuition rather than logic. The same story with more realistic clues would have made for a fantastic story.
Also, I didn't like the reader's voices for children (who were the protagonists)....Continua