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From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler meets Chasing Vermeer in this clever middle grade debut

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.
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published on March 18, 2014 by Dial Books
ISBN-10: 0803740018
ISBN-13: 9780803740013
4 Book Reviews
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  • jo6193
    jo6193Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at 12:44 pm55 stars
    theo is not average yeah she goes to school and has a home but she has lived in the same house on the same street as her great-great-great grandfather and has lived on 500 dollars a month most of her life. But what if the only adult who makes money in her family dies and her unstable Mom is eating away at the last of their inheritance. So they could have to live on the street in weeks, and all she has to go on its the money is Under the Egg.
    • rozeb
      rozebSunday, June 1, 2014 at 9:22 am44 stars
      I finished it! It is a really really really really good book. If you like art, history, and mysteries, you will love this book.
      • rozeb
        rozebWednesday, May 28, 2014 at 2:38 pm44 stars
        I am in the middle of this. It is so good. I hate the cover, though. I hate it when the authors or illustrators put pictures of the characters on the cover in chapter books. It is so brain-missing. I just hate it. You know what I also hate? When you're halfway down with the best book in the worle, and then you leave it at school. Yes, I left this book at school. It is so silly! I want my book....
        • readerroberts
          Mrs. RobertsSunday, April 6, 2014 at 3:24 pm55 stars
          This was a great art mystery story.