Thursday, October 08, 2015

Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald

Under the Egg” and “Find the treasure”.  Her grandfather’s last words both haunt and puzzle Theo until the day she spills paint thinner on one of her grandfather’s abstract paintings and discovers another older painting underneath.  Could this be a lost Italian masterpiece?  If so, how did her grandfather get it?  Is it worth anything? Can this be the treasure that will keep Theo and her mother from having to sell their beloved family home as the $463 her grandfather left them runs out?

Theo’s quest to find the answers leads her all over Manhattan, to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, to a public library, a veteran’s home and even a hospital. The setting becomes almost another character in a book full of realistically drawn, quirky yet convincing characters. Theo, who has always been a self-reliant loner learns she can lean on others and makes friends along the way.

The more clues Theo discovers the more complicated the mystery becomes: mixing the Renaissance, World War II, the Holocaust, and modern day New York. I would have loved this book when I was ten to twelve years-old—it reminds me a lot of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg which I loved at that age.   If you like Under the Egg consider reading The Second Mrs. Giaconda also by Konigsburg.

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