Under the Egg
Laura Marx Fitzgerald
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler meets Chasing Vermeer in this smart middle grade debut. Read More »
When she spills a bottle of rubbing alcohol on her late grandfather’s painting, thirteen-year old Theodora Tenpenny wipes it off—and discovers what seems to be an old masterpiece underneath. That’s great news for Theo, who’s struggling to hang onto her family’s fragile town house and support her mother on her grandfather’s legacy of $463. There’s just one problem: Theo’s grandfather was a security guard at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and she worries the painting may be stolen.
With the help of some unusual new friends, Theo’s search for answers takes her all around Manhattan, and introduces her to a side of the city—and her grandfather—that she never knew. To solve the mystery of the painting, she’ll have to abandon her hard-won self-reliance and build a community, one serendipitous friendship at a time.
“A fast-paced mystery... If Dan Brown of The Da Vinci Code wrote middle-grade novels, this would be the one.”
— Kirkus Reviews
“Fans of From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler will find this another delightful lesson in art history.”
— Publishers Weekly
“Fans of Blue Balliett’s Chasing Vermeer and Elise Broach’s Masterpiece will enjoy this art caper.”
— School Library Journal
|Laura Marx Fitzgerald is a longtime copywriter. In writing Under the Egg, she drew on her study of art history at Harvard and Cambridge Universities. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, and this is her middle grade debut.|