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 DArer. 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.
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by Elise Broach
by Elise Blackwell
by Clive Cussler, Thomas Perry
by Clive Cussler, Grant Blackwood
by Mary Elise Monsell
by Matt Myklusch
by Dan Gutman
"With contagious pleasure, Jeremy Davidson introduces young listeners to the artist Durer. Davidson takes Broach's tale of art theft at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and does much to support the story. He fills out the characters' personalities and makes them lively. Davidson seems to have special powers of empathy and observation as he constructs the unique friendship between James the boy and Marvin the beetle. There is thought and acknowledgment of the majesty of great art behind the narrator's voice and words. He conveys the story's full wonder to the reader. Better sound editing would have improved Davidson's clarity, but the recording's merit makes this a small concern. Listeners will soak up this engaging mystery replete with art trivia. C.A. (c) AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine"
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