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Written by Elise Broach & illustrated by Kelly Murphy
Published by Square Fish
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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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Who Wrote Masterpiece

Elise Broach

Elise Broach is the award-winning and New York Times–bestselling author of books for children and young adults, including The Wolf Keepers, Shakespeare’s Secret, Masterpiece, and the Superstition Mountain Mysteries series as well as TheMiniature World of Marvin and James, James to the Rescue, andTrouble at School with Marvin and James. She lives inConnecticut with her family.

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Who Illustrated Masterpiece

Kelly Murphy

Kelly Murphy has illustrated many books for children including Masterpiece, Alex and the Amazing Time Machine, and the Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist books. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

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March 30, 2010
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