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Author: Wendy McLeod MacKnight Narrator: Bronson Pinchot Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2018 ISBN: 9780062821508
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When budding artist Sargent Singer discovers that the paintings in his father’s gallery are alive, he’s pulled into a world he never knew existed. With devious plots, shady characters, and grand art heists, this inventive mystery adventure celebrates art and artists and is perfect for fans of Night at the Museum and Blue Balliett’s Chasing Vermeer.

Rule #1: Don’t let anyone know the paintings are alive.

Thirteen-year-old Mona Dunn has adhered to that rule for almost one hundred years, ever since she was painted by William Orpen and her portrait was hung on the walls of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. So when the gallery director’s son, Sargent Singer, discovers Mona is alive, she’s sure she’s just exposed the gallery’s biggest secret. But Sargent, an aspiring artist himself, just wants to know more about the vast and intriguing world beyond the frames. When Mona and Sargent suspect shady dealings in the gallery, they set out to find the culprit. And then Mona herself is threatened, and Sargent must find a way to save her before she—and the gallery—are lost forever.

This original mystery-adventure features intrigue, friendships across time and place, an incredibly imaginative setting, and a thoroughly engaging cast of characters. Fans of Jacqueline West’s Books of Elsewhere and anyone who enjoyed the Night at the Museum movie franchise will love exploring the Beaverbrook Gallery. Includes a full-color insert featuring the masterpieces that come to life in the book.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Not just for art enthusiasts, this middle grade read paints fantasy, humor, and mystery into a satisfying tale about the power of friendship.”

    School Library Journal

  • “MacKnight entices with art critique and technique…For anyone who’s wondered about the people inside the frames.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author

Wendy McLeod MacKnight lives in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, and wrote her debut novel at age nine. During her first career, she worked for the government of New Brunswick as the deputy minister of education, among other positions. She has been known to wander art galleries and have spirited conversations with the paintings—mostly in her head, though sometimes not. She hopes that readers will be inspired to create their own masterpieces and visit their own local art galleries. And even better, she hopes they’ll come to Fredericton, visit the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, and meet Mona and the rest of the characters in this book.

About the Narrator

Bronson Pinchot, an Audie Award–winning narrator and Audible’s Narrator of the Year for 2010, received his education at Yale University, which filled out what he had already received at his mother’s knee in the all-important areas of Shakespeare, Greek art and architecture, and the Italian Renaissance. He restores Greek Revival buildings and appears in television, film, and on stage whenever the pilasters and entablatures overwhelm him.