Main Character Identities
Petra is a 12 year old girl who involves herself in one of the greatest art crimes in history,
Calder, another 12 year old works with Petra and together they do some extraordinary things throughout the novel.
Mrs.Sharpe is a mysterious old woman who, for time, Calder and Petra were suspicious of. She had lots of strange art in her home, and her husband was killed while researching Vermeer.
Themes Throughout Chasing Vermeer
- Critical Thinking
- Be Unique, everything isn't always as it seems
- Be wise and creative. Friendship is demonstrated in the novel because without each other, the mystery wouldn't have been solved. They learned a lot from each other, bounced ideas off of one another. Although each of them failed at times, the other was always there to help them and encourage each other to keep working. Teamwork is definitely shown in the book because the two of them together accomplished many different things, and when you put them together, the mystery was solved. They both gave each other lots to work with and think about, and they needed each other to succeed. Critical thinking was used because there were multiple instances where they thought they had something, but it turned out to be completely different than what it seemed to be. Always take a second look, and never underestimate yourself. Be creative and think about all the possibilities, it's very easy to look right past something and that could be the answer.
A Lady Writing
i would like your help in identifying a crime that is now centuries old. This crime has wronged one of the world's greatest painters. As those in positions of authority are not brave enough to correct this error, I have taken it upon myself to reveal the truth. I have chosen you because of your discriminating eye, your intelligence, and your ability to think outside of convention.
If you wish to help me, you will be amply rewarded for any risks you take.
You may not show this letter to anyone. Two other people in the world have received this document tonight. Although you may never meet, the three of you will work together in ways none of us can predict.
If you show this to the authorities, you will most certainly be putting your life in danger.
You will know how to respond. I congratulate you on your pursuit of justice.