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Masterpiece

Masterpiece

The Masterpiece Adventures

Elise Broach; Read By Jeremy Davidson

Macmillan Young Listeners

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Macmillan Young Listeners

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On Sale: 09/30/2008

ISBN: 9781427205155

5:30:0

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.

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

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Masterpiece by Elise Broach--Audiobook Excerpt

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.

Elise Broach; Read By Jeremy Davidson

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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