Masterpiece

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Macmillan, Sep 30, 2008 - Juvenile Fiction - 292 pages

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.

 

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User Review  - amandabock - LibraryThing

This one got so much hype, and I was disappointed. It wasn't terrible, but it wasn't very good, either. I'm not sure what kind of reader would sit through the first part of talking cockroaches in the ... Read full review

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User Review  - rhoadesm1 - LibraryThing

Marvin is a beetle who lives with his family in the New York City apartment of the Pompaday family. Marvin befriends James, the son/stepson of Pompaday family. For his eleventh birthday, James's ... Read full review

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Contents

1 A Family Emergency
1
2 Down the Drain
6
3 The Birthday Party
14
4 A Present for James
26
5 Its remarkable
35
6 A New Kind of Trouble
41
7 It could be a Dürer
49
8 The Temple of Art
55
22 The Fight
161
23 A Perfect Crime
172
24 Fate and Fortitude
184
25 The Middleman
192
26 The Secret Journey
196
27 Hidden Virtues
203
28 Among Thieves
207
29 Hatching a Plan
211

9 The Woman and the Lion
62
10 The Woman and the Sword
68
11 Left Behind
77
12 In Christinas Office
82
13 To Copy a Copy
89
14 Stealing Virtue
96
15 Hitching a Ride
108
16 Too Risky
115
17 In the Solarium
121
18 TurtleBeetle Battle
132
19 Jamess Problem
138
20 The Art of the Fake
145
21 More Than a Copy
156
30 With the Help of a Friend
219
31 Breaking and Entering
229
32 A Revelation
234
33 Trapped
239
34 Reunion
246
35 The Thief of Virtue
253
36 Safe Returns
265
37 Jamess Gift
272
38 Masterpiece
280
AUTHORS NOTE
289
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
291
ABOUT THE AUTHOR AND THE ILLUSTRATOR
292
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Elise Broach is the New York Times bestselling author of books for children and young adults, includingDesert Crossing and Shakespeare's Secret, as well as several picture books. Her books have been selected as ALA notable books, Junior Library Guild selections, 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.


Kelly Murphy has illustrated many books for children including Hush Little Dragon. She lives in North Attleboro, Massachusetts.