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Saturday, August 21, 2010


Elise Broach is another author who has been featured on the Sunshine State list before. I really enjoyed Shakespeare’s Secret, so I was excited to dive into Masterpiece.

Summary: This book brings together two unlikely friends; Marvin is a beetle who lives under the kitchen sink, James is the young boy who lives in the apartment where that kitchen sink is located, along with his mother, step-father, and younger half-brother. When James gets a pen-and-ink set from his artist father for his birthday, Marvin can’t resist; he creates a miniature drawing as a gift for James. When James’ mother sees it and assumes it is his work, James and Marvin find themselves caught up in a mystery.

This book is a great choice for those who enjoy Blue Balliett’s books. It involves missing art, forgery, and friendship. Lots of fun! Be ready though – the ending will make you wonder. Did James do it on purpose?


Age Appropriateness:
Grades 2 and up

Areas of concern (content):
Foul Language: none
Nudity/Adult Content: none
Violence: none

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