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Review: Under The Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald

Title: Under The Egg
Author: Laura Marx Fitzgerald
Release Date: March 18, 2014
Publisher: Dial

Age Group: 8-12 years old
Hardcover: 256 pages
Buy This Book: B&N

Book Synopsis: 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.
About the Author: In writing Under the Egg, Laura Marx Fitzgerald drew on her study of art history at Harvard and Cambridge Universities. She lives in Brooklyn, and this is her middle grade debut.
Review: After reading the synopsis and having it compared to the From The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E Frankweiler, I got really excited to dig into this book since that had been one of my favorite middle grade novels for as long as I can remember. Under the Egg has joined that list. This short novel shows the struggle children have with death and the situations after to come. The only person Theodora Tenpenny had to look after her was her grandfather. Once he was gone, she had to fend for herself and her neglectful mother. Theodora was such a strong protagonist in this story and I loved everything about her character. This book took us on an adventure along with Theodora, trying to piece together the mystery of her grandfather.

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