Thursday, July 08, 2004

More on Chasing Vermeer

One of the best books I have read all summer is Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett. Well, the movie rights have been sold. For more information about the business side of the book click here.
NEW YORK, June 15, 2004 - Scholastic, the world's largest publisher and distributor of children's books, announced today that Warner Bros. Pictures has acquired the movie rights of The New York Times best-selling mystery novel Chasing Vermeer...

The book, which Newsweek called "The Da Vinci Code for tweens," is written by debut novelist Blue Balliett and illustrated by Brett Helquist, the illustrator of the New York Times best-selling Series of Unfortunate Events books by Lemony Snicket. Chasing Vermeer has garnered rave reviews with The New York Times praising it as "suspenseful, exciting, charming and unexpectedly moving" and the Chicago Tribune hailing it "an amazing page-turner for adults and children ...

Scholastic also has a terrific website devoted to the book. You can play with pentominoes and check out the hints to the "reader's challenge" that illustrator Brett Helquist hid in the pictures.

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