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Under the Egg

Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Her grandfather's dying words lead thirteen-year-old Theodora Tenpenny to a valuable, hidden painting she fears may be stolen, but it is her search for answers in her Greenwich Village neighborhood that brings a real treasure.
Authors: Fitzgerald, Laura Marx
Statement of Responsibility: Laura Marx Fitzgerald
Title: Under the egg
Characteristics: 247 pages ; 22 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Summary: Her grandfather's dying words lead thirteen-year-old Theodora Tenpenny to a valuable, hidden painting she fears may be stolen, but it is her search for answers in her Greenwich Village neighborhood that brings a real treasure.
Subject Headings: Neighborhoods Fiction Art Fiction Friendship Fiction Recluses Fiction Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) Fiction Greenwich Village (New York N.Y.) Fiction New York (N.Y.) Fiction Mystery and detective stories Neighborhoods Juvenile fiction Art Juvenile fiction Friendship Juvenile fiction Recluses Juvenile fiction Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) Juvenile fiction Greenwich Village (New York, N.Y.) Juvenile fiction New York (N.Y.) Juvenile fiction
Genre/Form: Mystery fiction
Topical Term: Neighborhoods
Art
Friendship
Recluses
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
Mystery and detective stories
Neighborhoods
Art
Friendship
Recluses
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
LCCN: 2013017790
ISBN: 9780803740013
0803740018
Branch Call Number: J FIC F
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Comment by: BCD2013 Jun 13, 2014

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When two girls pair up to solve the mystery of a possible Renaissance painting in their possession they find themselves wrapped up in a story that involves everything from the Monument Men to the personal life of the painter Raphael.
- Betsy Bird

When 13-year-old Theo needs to research a mysterious painting left to her by her grandfather, she heads straight to the Jefferson Market Branch of NYPL and finds a librarian there who is more than willing to help her with her quest.

Comment by: NYPLRecommendsForKids Apr 25, 2014

What does an egg, a painting, the daughter of celebrities, the Holocaust, a mathematical recluse, a dilapidated townhouse in Greenwich Village and some tea have in common - Theodora Tenpenny. When Theo discovers a hidden painting in her family's home everything she thought she knew about her gran... Read More »


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Aug 16, 2014
  • 411ninja rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A great read for Grades 4-6. An interesting art caper that involves teaching through fiction.Readers learn about Raphael, art theft during World War II, and New York City. I would recommend this book to children to compliment art history and world war II history. Kids who are interested in informational mysteries and strong female characters will be engaged in this story.

NYPL Staff Pick
When two girls pair up to solve the mystery of a possible Renaissance painting in their possession they find themselves wrapped up in a story that involves everything from the Monument Men to the personal life of the painter Raphael.
- Betsy Bird

Apr 25, 2014
  • NYPLRecommendsForKids rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

What does an egg, a painting, the daughter of celebrities, the Holocaust, a mathematical recluse, a dilapidated townhouse in Greenwich Village and some tea have in common - Theodora Tenpenny. When Theo discovers a hidden painting in her family's home everything she thought she knew about her grandfather is called into question and she cannot rest until the mystery is solved. An excellent read set in New York City.

Feb 02, 2014
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Interesting from start to finish, even when it’s discussing the personal lives of 16th century painters, this won’t make every kid that reads it into an art fanatic, but what it may do is cause a whole bunch of them to start researching the painter Rafael on their own. Uniquely readable, entirely charming, and a pleasure from start to finish. Debuts this good are meant to be discovered.

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Jul 28, 2014
  • ReadingWriter rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

ReadingWriter thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

joycemas thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 12

Jun 27, 2014
  • orange_falcon_108 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

orange_falcon_108 thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over

Feb 02, 2014
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 12

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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.

Feb 02, 2014
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Things could be better. A lot better. When Theodora’s grandfather Jack was alive, the family didn’t have a ton of money but at least they got by pretty well on his salary as a guard at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It was after Jack died in a freak accident that things took a downward slide. With a mother incapable of dealing with reality (and addicted to pricey tea), Theo knows their money is coming to an end. Soon they won’t have enough to live on. It’s when things look particularly dire that Theo accidentally spills rubbing alcohol on one of her grandfather’s favorite paintings. And as strange as it sounds, beneath his plain picture of an egg lies an incredibly old image of Madonna and Child. The more Theo starts to look into the painting and its history, the more determined she is to track down its story. Now with the help of the daughter of a pair of acting celebrities, a punk librarian, an Episcopalian priest, a guy selling nuts on the street, and more, Theo’s about to peel away not just the mystery behind the painting, but also her own grandfather’s role in one of the greatest WWII capers of all time.

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Jul 02, 2014
  • ReadingWriter rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The public library is the closest I'll ever come to a shopping spree. Once, twice, sometimes three times a week, I'll drop in, raid the stacks, wielding my library card like a socialite with a Bloomingdale's charge account. I grab anything that looks interesting, flipping through a few pages before losing interest or devouring the whole thing in one sitting. And if I don't like it, I can return it. It's the only place where I can be wasteful with no consequences.

Feb 02, 2014
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

“Mother Nature had draped a wet wool sweater around the city’s shoulders that day.”

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