I believe this book was originally a stand alone book that has since been made into a series. This book is a bit unusual. The main two characters are a boy and girl who find themselves in the middle of a mystery involving secret correspondence and stolen paintings. The boy has a set of pentominoes that he always keeps in his pocket. Each time he pulls out a pentomino the letter it represents becomes the first letter of a clue that the kids follow to solve the mystery. (My brother got a set of pentominoes with this book and they are really fun!) Some parts of the story seem really far fetched but somehow the author makes it believable in the end. I like that the book brings in real information about Vermeer and his work. I also like how the characters in the story are forced to think out of the box to consider the idea that just because something is unlikely does not mean it is not true. The book takes a little while to really draw you in. For at least part of the story I was reading it more because I wanted to see what happened than because I liked it but by the end I was really caught up in it. Overall I enjoyed the book, it is different from other stories I have read and I will read the next book in the series. Its a good book for anyone who enjoys a mystery.
Bob age 8
Lexie level 770 AR points 6.0