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ISBN: 9780312608705320 Pages, Ages 9-12
A New York Times bestselling middle grade mystery novel full of adventure, friendship, and stolen art.
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.
Masterpiece is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award Master List, Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award Maser List, American Library Association Notable Children's Books, Florida Sunshine State Young Readers Award Master List, CCBC Choice (Univ. of WI), Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year, ABC E.B. White Read Aloud Award, ALA Notable Children's Books, Capitol Choices Noteworthy Titles for Children and Teens, Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award ML, Illinois Bluestem Book Award, Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award, Nebraska Golden Sower Award Master List, Kansas State Reading Circle, Indiana Read Alouds Too Good to Miss Master List, Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award ML, Iowa Children's Choice Award Master List, Illinois Rebecca Caudill YR Choice Award ML, Illinois Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Choice Award Master List, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, CPL: Chicago Public Library Best of the Best, Florida Sunshine State YR Award ML, Publishers Weekly Best Children's Books of the Year
CHAPTER 4: A Present for James
The journey through the dark apartment to James's room was an arduous one. Rolling the nickel across the kitchen tile went relatively smoothly, but hoisting it over the door sills left Marvin exhausted and panting....
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Praise for Masterpiece
“Inventive ... Broach ... packs this fast-moving story with perennially seductive themes: hidden lives and secret friendships, miniature worlds lost to disbelievers ... Broach and Kelly show readers something new.” —Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
“Delightful intricacies of beetle life ... blend seamlessly with the suspenseful caper as well as the sentimental story of a complicated-but-rewarding friendship ... Murphy's charming pen-and-ink drawings populate the short chapters of this funny, winsome novel.” —Kirkus Reviews
“This marvelous story is sure to be a hit.” —School Library Journal