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The Masterpiece Adventures

In the wonderfully illustrated, award-winning Masterpiece Adventures, a chapter book series for young readers, New York Times bestselling author Elise Broach tells the story of a special friendship between a young boy named James and his best friend Marvin, a beetle. “Full of drama and heart, this is the kind of series that can show newly independent readers the power of a good story.”–Kirkus Reviews (on James to the Rescue)

  • A Trip to the Country for Marvin & James
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    • A Trip to the Country for Marvin & James

    • The Masterpiece Adventures (Volume 5)
      Elise Broach; illustrations by Kelly Murphy
      Holt Books for Young Readers

    • A Trip to the Country for Marvin & James is the fifth book in New York Times bestselling author Elise Broach's Masterpiece Adventures chapter book series featuring Marvin...

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  • Marvin & James Save the Day and Elaine Helps!
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    • Marvin & James Save the Day and Elaine Helps!

    • The Masterpiece Adventures (Volume 4)
      Elise Broach; illustrations by Kelly Murphy
      Square Fish

    • Marvin & James Save the Day and Elaine Helps! is the fourth book in New York Times bestselling author Elise Broach's Masterpiece Adventures chapter book series featuring...

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  • Trouble at School for Marvin & James
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    • Trouble at School for Marvin & James

    • The Masterpiece Adventures (Volume 3)
      Elise Broach; illustrations by Kelly Murphy
      Square Fish

    • In the new Masterpiece Adventure Trouble at School for Marvin & James, the third in a series for younger readers from bestselling author Elise Broach, Marvin the beetle is off...

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  • James to the Rescue
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    • James to the Rescue

    • The Masterpiece Adventures (Volume 2)
      Elise Broach; illustrations by Kelly Murphy
      Square Fish

    • In this Masterpiece Adventure, the second in a chapter book series for younger readers from Elise Broach, bestselling author of Masterpiece, Marvin...

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  • The Miniature World of Marvin & James
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    • The Miniature World of Marvin & James

    • The Masterpiece Adventures (Volume 1)
      Elise Broach; illustrations by Kelly Murphy
      Square Fish

    • In this Masterpiece Adventure, the first in a companion series for younger readers from bestselling author Elise Broach, James is going on vacation for a week. His best friend, Marvin the beetle,...

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  • Masterpiece
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    • Masterpiece

    • The Masterpiece Adventures
      Elise Broach; Illustrated by Kelly Murphy
      Square Fish

    • In this fast-paced mystery, eleven-year-old James and Marvin the beetle get caught up in a staged art heist at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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      • Audio Book
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<a href="http://us.macmillan.com/series/themasterpieceadventures#media">Masterpiece by Elise Broach--Audiobook Excerpt</a>

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

Elise Broach is the New York Times bestselling author of Masterpiece, Shakespeare’s Secret and Desert Crossing, Missing on Superstition Mountain, the first book in the Superstition Mountain Trilogy, as well as several picture books. Her books have been selected as ALA notable books, Junior Library Guild selections, a Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Book, a New York Public Library Best Book for the Teenage, an IRA Teacher’s Choice, an E.B. White Read Aloud Award, and nominated for an Edgar Award, among other distinctions.

Ms. Broach holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in history from Yale University. She was born in Georgia and lives in the woods of rural Connecticut, walking distance from three farms, a library, a post office and two country stores.

Mark Broach

Author Interview

Kelly Murphy

Kelly Murphy has illustrated many books for children including Masterpiece, Alex and the Amazing Time Machine, and the Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist books. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island.