Thursday, March 12, 2009

Masterpiece by Elise Broach

"Home, for Marvin's family, was a damp corner of the cupboard beneath the kitchen sink. Here, a leaking pipe had softened the plaster andcaused it to crumble away. Just behind the wall, Marvin's family had hollowed out three spacious rooms, and, as his parents often remarked, it was a perfect location." (1)

It doesn't take long for readers to find out that Marvin is one of many beetles that live in the Pompaday's New York City apartment. The Pompaday family consists of eleven year old James, James' mom and stepdad Mr. and Mrs. Pompaday, and baby William. For James' eleventh birthday, Marvin wants to get him something special, after a disasterous birthday party and pen and ink gift set from his father. So he draws a tiny picture of the view from James' window, and leaves it for James to find. James' parents however, think James drew it, and he's invited to participate in a police opperation to find an artist thief. But things aren't always how they appear in Masterpiece by Elise Broach, and both James and Marvin realize there's more then what meets the eye.

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