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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Teen Ink has 2 forums for you to choose from:.Jul 10 2015 | Read Full Review of Masterpiece
He’s the heroic beetle at the center of Masterpiece, Elise Broach’s new mystery, and if you’re squirming at the combination of “heroic” and “beetle” then get a load of Marvin’s talent.Nov 24 2008 | Read Full Review of Masterpiece
Once James opens out in front of our eyes as another main hero, and he and Marvin can interact, we settle into a very winsome and engaging story of surprising adventures for the beetle, educative art lessons for James, and many scrapes when the talent gets known by others.Mar 01 2010 | Read Full Review of Masterpiece
When James' artist father gives him a pen-and-ink set, Marvin -- who can understand but not speak English -- discovers a talent for art, and makes a tiny, detailed drawing for James, which everyone assumes James did.Sep 01 2008 | Read Full Review of Masterpiece
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When James' artist father gives him a pen-and-ink set, Marvin -- who can understand but not speak English -- discovers a talent for art, and makes a tiny, detailed drawing for James, which everyone assumes James did.Jul 10 2015 | Read Full Review of Masterpiece
Marvin uses his two front legs to make an intricate drawing of the scene outside the boy’s window, and its superior quality attracts a great deal of attention, not only from James (who immediately befriends the talented beetle), but also from the boy’s keen-eyed mother, his stepfather, and also J...| Read Full Review of Masterpiece
By day, youth librarian in Southern Indiana.Jan 08 2009 | Read Full Review of Masterpiece
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