The Van Gogh Deception
There’s a kid sitting on a bench at the art museum in Washington, D.C. He has amnesia. He doesn’t remember his parents, where he lives, what he likes to do, who he is, or how he got to the museum. He goes to stay with a foster family. The boy seems to know a lot about Van Gogh and other artists. Dorchek Palmer is a bad guy. He has a team. He’s trying to find “the spider.” He thinks the boy knows where it is. Will he get the boy? Read the book to find out.
This book is fast paced and exciting. It’s a chapter book. Each section starts with time, date, and place. My favorite parts are when the kids outsmart the bad guys. Those parts are crazy, but I think it’s realistic. I like Palmer’s team. Without them, it wouldn’t be a funny book.
This book wasn’t too scary. If it gets scary, it doesn’t stay scary for too long. This book changes point of view a lot. It’s from Palmer and the boy’s and other people’s point of view. There are QR codes to scan. You see the painting they are talking about, but there are some random ones, too. It was fun scanning them, but it would be okay if you didn’t have a QR reader. I learned a lot, like that Franklin Roosevelt hated Andrew William Mellon.
Deron R. Hicks
HMH Books for Young Readers