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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 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 D rer 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 aBank Street Best Children s Book of the Year


About the Author: Elise Broach

Elise Broach is the New York Times bestselling author of children s books including Masterpiece, Shakespeare s Secret, 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.http us.macmillan.com author eliseb



10 thoughts on “Masterpiece

  1. ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪SomeBunny Reads (Phoenix)•*¨*•♫♪ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪SomeBunny Reads (Phoenix)•*¨*•♫♪ says:

    The most important things in a friendship didn t have to be said out loudDid you think that beetles were unpleasant little creatures whose only talent was to steal scraps of food, scare your mom and supposedly survive a nuclear apocalypse Well, think again, because Marvin the beetle has one very special talent he is an illus


  2. Kathi Kathi says:

    I read this book out loud in the car while my friend, and fellow author, Kathy Whitehead and I drove across the Texas plains from Abilene to College Station The rhythm of the prose, the pacing, the language all come together to create the perfect read aloud I also want to add that there are some small bits of humor throughout that I


  3. Kathryn Kathryn says:

    An engaging story that is part art heist and part The Borrowers with a dash of Metamorphosis Both boy and beetle here are so sweet and endearing I read this when I was pregnant with my son and it is one I would definitely like to share with him when he is older A few parts of the art heist seemed a bit too neat and tidy and sometimes the ju


  4. Roxanne Hsu Feldman Roxanne Hsu Feldman says:

    The central story of Marvin and Jame s friendship and the art heist are tender thrilling in turns There is a problem with the pacing when too much time is spent on tangential details too many lists of things that the beetles do or eat or the beetle s lifestyle, for example, that turtle in the tank chapter does not move the plot along, does not come


  5. Lars Guthrie Lars Guthrie says:

    E.B White, George Selden Sophisticated little animals Manhattanites of yesteryear, with their glib savoir faire and urban obtuseness Witty, well chosen language It s counterintuitive that it still sells Stuart Little and The Cricket in Times Square still do, thankfully People just won t give up on literate, if retrograde, children s literature, because rea


  6. Rick Riordan Rick Riordan says:

    While in Wichita Falls, I finished reading Masterpiece, by Elise Broach A really fun read Boy meets beetle Beetle turns out to be a gifted artist Boy and beetle help foil a major art heist It s like a combination of Chasing Vermeer and Cricket in Times Square Check it out.


  7. Nancy Kotkin Nancy Kotkin says:

    Middle grade art heist mystery narrated by a beetle that can t talk or write in English though he can understand English and tell time I liked this middle grade story better than the derivative chapter book series featuring these same characters, mainly because the author hadroom to develop the characters and their relationships Still, I needed James and Marvin to grapple


  8. Raina Raina says:

    Cute story from the perspective of a beetle Imagines his life in the kitchen cabinet of a New York apartment, and his friend with the boy who lives there Turns out, Marvin our beetle friend is a fabulous artist, skillful enough to imitate the greats Thus begins an art theft adventure, with Marvin venturing further from his home than ever before.Old fashioned includes some illustr


  9. Christina Christina says:

    I enjoyed reading this little book so much that I spread it out over a few days despite it being a typical late elementary school length So fun The characters are sweet James is darling and Marvin is wonderful too his little beetle family is also fun and the story charming I love the art heist storyline and thought the twists were great for kids Sure they re pretty predictable for adults


  10. Becky Ames Becky Ames says:

    What I liked about the story was the sweet relationship between the boy and the beetle There were a few parts of the story we got into but a lot of it we read just to get it done.


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