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Under the Egg

A mystery for readers who loved Chasing Vermeer and From the Mixed-Up Files of Basil E. Frankweiler

Only two people know about the masterpiece hidden in the Tenpenny home—and one of them is dead.
The other is Theodora Tenpenny. Theo is responsible for tending the family's two-hundred-year-old town house, caring for a flock of unwieldy chickens, and supporting her fragile mother, all on her grandfather’s legacy of $463. So, when Theo discovers a painting in the house that looks like a priceless masterpiece, she should be happy about it. But Theo’s late grandfather was a security guard at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and if the painting is as valuable as she thinks it is, then her grandfather wasn't who she thought he was.

With the help of some unusual new friends, Theo’s search for answers takes her all over 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.


“A riveting narrative...
Theo makes an engaging narrator
as she follows a winding
trail of discovery.”
Booklist, starred review

“Uniquely readable, entirely
charming, and a pleasure from start
to finish. Debuts this good are
meant to be discovered.”
Betsy Bird

“Is this really the first thing she’s written? Because it’s so accomplished and it’s packed with stuff... It’s
really a very compelling read, and I don’t know how she did it.”
Kate DiCamillo on NPR’s All Things Considered

“An enjoyable and sometimes
poignant adventure.”
Wall St. Journal

“A fast-paced mystery...
If Dan Brown of The Da Vinci Code wrote middle-grade novels, this
would be the one.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Fans of From the Mixed-Up
Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

will find this another delightful
lesson in art history.”

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