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Masterpiece by Elise Broach
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Sep 02, 2015

really liked it
bookshelves: caudill-2012, bluestem-2016, art, bugs, theft, mystery, new-york, relationships, suspense, fantasy, conspiracy, edgar-award-nominee
Read from August 30 to September 02, 2015

Feeling lonely and isolated at times since his parents have divorced, James discovers a family of beetles living in his New York City apartment. Marvin, a very industrious and talented beetle, leaves a miniature drawing of James's view from outside his window as a birthday present when the birthday party meant to give him joy turns out poorly.

Upon seeing the miniature drawing, James's artist dad and mom are thrilled at his talent, assuming that James drew the picture. What follows is a frenzy of acknowledgement and praise for the drawing...even going so far as to present the work to a famous museum in New York. Christina and Denny are two of James's father's art world friends who are both equally struck by the talent displayed. They come to James with a strange request. Could he possibly recreate a Masterpiece by the famous artist Albrecht Durer? The purpose of this request is shady and secretive. All of a sudden James and his dad as thrust head-first into the world of FBI agents, art theft, and conspiracy. How did that happen? And, where will it all end up?

Masterpiece beckons us to use our imaginations as we picture in our minds an unlikely friendship between a beetle boy and human boy. Their method of communication is clever, yet in this fantasy world it borders on believably, if only you'll tap into your childlike heart. A heart-warming mix of mystery, fantasy, history, art, and friendship awaits you as you open the pages of this appealing story.

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Joan Jackie
Don't read my review until you finish the book. I have mixed feelings about it and would love your opinion. Thanks

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