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This bewitching first novel is a puzzle, wrapped in a mystery, disguised as an adventure, and delivered as a work of art. When unexplainable occurrences bring Petra Andalee and Calder Pillay together, strange things start to happen, and the two find themselves at the center of an international art scandal.
Blue Balliett grew up in New York City. She has always loved museums, always loved mysteries, and always loved hearing about things that can't be explained in the usual ways. Blue studied art history at Brown University. She and her family live in Chicago, Illinois, where, before becoming a full-time writer, she taught at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools Brett Helquist grew up in Utah and Arizona with his six sisters. As kids, they didn't visit many museums. He says his love of art came from all the comic books he read
Table of Contents
|About Pentominoes and About This Story||xi|
|About the Artwork: A Challenge to the Reader||xiii|
|Chapter One: THREE DELIVERIES||1||(5)|
|Chapter Two: THE LETTER IS DEAD||6||(12)|
|Chapter Three: LOST IN THE ART||18||(17)|
|Chapter Four: PICASSO'S LIE||35||(8)|
|Chapter Five: WORMS, SNAKES, AND PERIWINKLES||43||(7)|
|Chapter Six: THE GEOGRAPHER'S BOX||50||(11)|
|Chapter Seven: THE MAN ON THE WALL||61||(15)|
|Chapter Eight: A HALLOWEEN SURPRISE||76||(5)|
|Chapter Nine: THE BLUE ONES||81||(9)|
|Chapter Ten: INSIDE THE PUZZLE||90||(9)|
|Chapter Eleven: NIGHTMARE||99||(13)|
|Chapter Twelve: TEA AT FOUR||112||(15)|
|Chapter Thirteen: X THE EXPERTS||127||(7)|
|Chapter Fourteen: FLASHING LIGHTS||134||(10)|
|Chapter Fifteen: MURDER AND HOT CHOCOLATE||144||(10)|
|Chapter Sixteen: A MORNING IN THE DARK||154||(13)|
|Chapter Seventeen: WHAT HAPPENS NOW?||167||(7)|
|Chapter Eighteen: A BAD FALL||174||(14)|
|Chapter Nineteen: THE SHOCK ON THE STAIRS||188||(10)|
|Chapter Twenty: A MANIAC||198||(7)|
|Chapter Twenty-one: LOOKING AND SEEING||205||(9)|
|Chapter Twenty-two: TWELVES||214||(12)|
|Chapter Twenty-three: HELP!||226||(10)|
|Chapter Twenty-four: THE PIECES||236|