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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,079 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elise Broach, Eli Brown Narrator: James Langton, Jeremy Davidson Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Winner of CCBC Choice (Univ. of WI)
  • Among longlisted titles for Iowa Children's Choice Award Master List, 2011
  • Winner of Capitol Choices Noteworthy Titles for Children and Teens, 2009
  • Among longlisted titles for Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year, 2008
  • Among longlisted titles for Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award ML, 2010
  • Among longlisted titles for Illinois Rebecca Caudill YR Choice Award ML, 2012
  • Among longlisted titles for CPL: Chicago Public Library Best of the Best
  • Winner of Kansas State Reading Circle
  • Among longlisted titles for ALA Notable Children's Books, 2009
  • Winner of CCBC Choice (Univ. of WI), 2009
  • Among longlisted titles for Indiana Read Alouds Too Good to Miss Master List, 2011
  • Among longlisted titles for Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award ML, 2009
  • Winner of ABC E.B. White Read Aloud Award
  • Among longlisted titles for Illinois Bluestem Book Award, 2015
  • Among longlisted titles for Florida Sunshine State YR Award ML, 2010
  • Among longlisted titles for Nebraska Golden Sower Award Master List
  • Winner of Capitol Choices Noteworthy Titles for Children and Teens
  • Among longlisted titles for Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, 2009

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Bridget R. Wilson | 2/15/2014

    " Loved it! I'm not generally a bug fan, but Marvin was so endearing. This book could be just as influential as The Borrowers and the Littles. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lara | 2/14/2014

    " I chose this book out of a Scholastic catalog just because it sounded cute. I read it out loud to my 2 boys, 10 and 7 years old. The chapters were short, which meant we could still read one if we were cutting it close to bedtime. Or I could get one read while they ate breakfast. Most of the time they would beg for more chapters, especially at the end. It's a story of a beetle and a boy and their adventures involving some drawings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art after a crime. I thought it was great for reading aloud and enjoyed it as much as the kids. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Deanna | 1/25/2014

    " Realistic fiction, mystery, art, friendship. Very quick read and would be a fabulous read aloud for grades 2-4. James receives a pen and ink set for his birthday from his artist father. Marvin (a beetle living in James's house) draws a picture using the ink set as a gift to James. James's parents mistakenly think he has drawn this amazing picture and show it to some art historians which begins an art heist. This book kind of reminds me of The littles but with beetles. I can see elementary boys loving this book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Elizabeth | 1/22/2014

    " The story was very slowly paced and only got interesting towards the end "

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