Under the Egg by Laura Marz Fitzgerald
Posted by Caitie F on March 18, 2014
Summary from pub:
When Theodora Tenpenny spills a bottle of rubbing alcohol on her late grandfather’s painting, she discovers what seems to be an old Renaissance masterpiece underneath. That’s great news for Theo, who’s struggling to hang onto her family’s two-hundred-year-old townhouse and support her unstable 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, she’ll have to abandon her hard-won self-reliance and build a community, one serendipitous friendship at a time
Under the Egg is a mystery that takes place in New York City that combines a great character, some art, and a little history to make for one of the best middle grade books of the year.
Theo is wonderful. Her grandfather just passed away and she is taking care of everything as her mother is unstable. She is smart and always paid attention when her grandfather showed her the art of the city, which comes in handy when she tries to figure out where this painting came from and if her grandfather stole it. She is persistent and brave, which comes in handy many times.
She learns that she can’t do it on her own and starts making many friends that can help her. It does a great job of showing that even the strongest and smartest need to let other people ni sometimes.
There is a lots of talk of art in this book, so if you have a middle grade reader, be ready for them to ask to go to an art museum sometime. It can make even the least interested person want to see more!
This book also shows a history of World War II that isn’t taught in schools.History buffs will love to learn more about what happened in the war and science kids will love to see how they remove paints and date painting. This book truly has something for everyone.
I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a middle grade mystery that also has a lot of heart.