Masterpiece

Elise Broach; illustrations by Kelly Murphy

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Marvin lives with his family under the kitchen sink in the Pompadays’ apartment. He is very much a beetle. James Pompaday lives with his family in New York City. He is very much an eleven-year-old boy.After James gets a pen-and-ink set for his birthday, Marvin surprises him by creating an elaborate miniature drawing. James gets all the credit for the picture and before these unlikely friends know it they are caught up in a staged art heist at the Metropolitan Museum of Art that could help recover a famous drawing by Albrecht Dürer. But James can’t go through with the plan without Marvin’s help. And that’s where things get really complicated (and interesting!). This fast-paced mystery will have young readers on the edge of their seats as they root for boy and beetle.
 
In Shakespeare’s Secret Elise Broach showed her keen ability to weave storytelling with history and suspense, and Masterpiece is yet another example of her talent. This time around it’s an irresistible miniature world, fascinating art history, all wrapped up in a special friendship— something for everyone to enjoy.

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Listen to this audiobook excerpt from Elise Broach's children's book Masterpiece. Marvin lives with his family under the kitchen sink in the Pompadays' apartment. He is very much a beetle. James Pompaday lives with his family in New York City. He is very much an eleven-year-old boy. After James gets a pen-and-ink set for his birthday, Marvin surprises him by creating an elaborate miniature drawing.

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"Hear author Elise Broach talk about her children's book Masterpiece and read an excerpt. In this middle-grade fiction book and fast-paced mystery, young readers will be on the edge of their seats as they root for a boy named James and an artistically inclined beetle. Learn more about the book at http://us.macmillan.com/masterpiece/KellyMurphy Read more about Elise Broach at http://us.macmillan.com/author/elisebroach"

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"It's better to turn to a book for young listeners that delivers on the full power of audio to create an alternate and real universe. That potential is fully realized in Masterpiece by Elise Broach...Marvin and his opinionated family are an auditory delight, and the reading by Jeremy Davidson is entertaining, for adults and children alike." – Winston-Salem Journal
 
"Jeremy Davidson brings an eager, animated voice to Elise Broach's Masterpiece...The many voices and range of moods, from ruefulness to elation, ably convey the perplexities and ingenuities that arise when a boy and a bug team up to take on the world." – The Washington Post

"Davidson skillfully portrays the various characters, easily transitioning between their voices. This marvelous story is sure to be a hit with middle school students." – School Library Journal, Starred Review

“Actor Jeremy Davidson uses his versatile voice and excellent timing to deliver a superb reading… [He] doesn't miss a beat in dramatizing this tale's strong emotions and making us empathize with Marvin and James. It's compelling listening.” – Sacramento Bee

“Davidson convincingly conveys James’ emotions, from fear to sadness. Light and bouncy orchestral accompaniment is reminiscent of a walk through Central Park on a warm spring day. Ideal family listening fare.” – Booklist

“With contagious pleasure, Jeremy Davidson introduces young listeners to the artist Durer…. Listeners will soak up this engaging mystery replete with art trivia.” – AudioFile

“Jeremy Davidson’s reading of this audiobook is stellar. He captures James’ fears and concerns, his loneliness, and his joy when he makes a friend. The emotions that Davidson manages to convey in his voice are ones that any listener will respond to and be able to identify with.” – www.lookingglassreview.com

"Brilliantly crafted by Elise Broach, the audio version of this title is an engaging romp for middle-grade listeners who may discover there's more than meets the eye, when you read with your ears." - Birmingham Parent

“A fast-paced mystery now on five audio CDs, “Masterpiece” is dramatically told by actor Jeremy Davidson, and is 5.5 hours of suspenseful audio entertainment for middle graders.” – Creators.com


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Elise Broach; illustrations by Kelly Murphy

ELISE BROACH is the author of the ALA Notable Book Shakespeare’s Secret and Desert Crossing. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in history from Yale University. She lives with her family in Easton, Connecticut.  KELLY MURPHY has illustrated many books for children, including Gallop-O-Gallop. She lives in North Attleboro, Massachusetts.

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Masterpiece
Elise Broach; illustrations by Kelly Murphy

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American Library Association Notable Children's Books, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, ABC E.B. White Read Aloud Award, CCBC Choice (Univ. of WI), Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year, Capitol Choices Noteworthy Titles for Children and Teens, CPL: Chicago Public Library Best of the Best, Florida Sunshine State Young Readers Award Master List, Illinois Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Choice Award Master List, Indiana Read Alouds Too Good to Miss Master List, Iowa Children's Choice Award Master List, Kansas State Reading Circle, Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award Maser List, Nebraska Golden Sower Award Master List, Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award Master List

Unabridged Digital Audio

Unabridged  Digital Audio
Macmillan Audio
Macmillan Young Listeners
September 2008
Unabridged Digital Audio
ISBN: 9781427205155
ISBN10: 1427205159
Middle-Grade FictionAudio Run Time: 5:30
Age Range: 9 to 12
Grade Range: 4 to 7
$14.99

Hardcover

Hardcover
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Henry Holt / Christy Ottaviano Books
September 2008
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780805082708
ISBN10: 0805082700
Middle-Grade Fiction
5.5 x 8.25 inches, 304 pages, Includes black-and-white illustrations
Age Range: 9 to 12
Grade Range: 4 to 7 Information for Librarians

Information for Librarians


Lexile: NC700L
F&P Level A-Z: U
AR Quiz Number: 125321
AR Points: 8

$16.99

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Square Fish
March 2010
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312608705
ISBN10: 0312608705
Middle-Grade Fiction
5 3/16 x 7 5/8 inches, 320 pages, Includes black-and-white illustrations
Age Range: 9 to 12
Grade Range: 4 to 7 Information for Librarians

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Lexile: NC700LL
AR Quiz Number: 125321
AR Points: 8

$7.99

e-Book Agency

e-Book Agency
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Henry Holt / Christy Ottaviano Books
September 2008
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429985086
ISBN10: 1429985089
Middle-Grade Fiction
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 304 pages, Includes black-and-white illustrations
Age Range: 9 to 12
Grade Range: 4 to 7 Information for Librarians

Information for Librarians


Lexile: NC700L
AR Quiz Number: 54455 EN
AR Book Level: 1.5
AR Points: 0.5

$5.70
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