Monday, June 2, 2014

Bibliophile's Corner

Under the Egg
by Laura Max Fitzgerald

Flap Copy Description:
Only two people know about the masterpiece hidden in the Tenpenny home - and one of them is dead.

The other is Theodora Tenpenny. Theo is responsible for tending to the family's two-hundred-year-old town house, caring for a flock of unwieldy chickens, and supporting her fragile mother, all on her grandfather's legacy of $463. So, when Theo discovers a painting in the house that looks like a priceless masterpiece, she should be happy about it. But Theo's late grandfather was a security guard at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and if the painting is as valuable as she thinks it is, then her grandfather wasn't who she thought he was.

My Thoughts:
Under the Egg is the debut middle grade novel for Laura Max Fitzgerald, and one of my new favorites. There is so much to like about this book, I'll just say, consider these elements: priceless art, a treasure hunt, Holocaust survivors, redemption, and a protagonist who is a bookworm. I know, awesome, right? Well, it is. Not only that, Under the Egg includes the depth and complexity of an adult novel, and is written with extraordinary and exquisite style. I would highly recommend this upper middle grade novel to readers from the ages of eight to eighty!

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  1. This sounds like a great book! I love the elements you listed. You've never steered me wrong yet. I'll put it on the list.

    1. Thanks, Sara. I really try to only post reviews on Writ of Whimsy that are books that I would give an "A" or a "B" to - this novel would be an A. There have been several times I've elected not to post a review of a book that wasn't "my cup of tea" in an attempt to only recommend great novels.