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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.Read more ›
When Theodora, startled by an unexpected rodent, spills rubbing alcohol on her late grandfather’s painting, she discovers the unimaginable. Beneath the innocuous painting of an egg, Theodora finds what appears to be a Renaissance masterpiece. Excitement and worry war within Theodora; her grandfather’s sudden death left Theo and her mother with a mere $463 and a mysterious message to “look under the egg” to the Tenpenny name, which is not enough to keep their ramshackle house standing, nor to keep them in food for any length of time. Theo’s mother spends her days lost in mathematic formulas and theorems and is more Theo’s responsibility than guardian, so Theo is on her own. Perhaps this is the answer to the riddle of her grandfather’s last words… But Theo worries that the painting was not acquired through strictly legal channels. After all, her grandfather had access to priceless art as security guard at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and why would he hide something that was rightfully his? Thus begins Theo’s search for the painting’s origins and the meaning of her grandfather’s last words. Secrets, some centuries old, some decades, some only a matter of weeks, days, and hours, come to light, forever changing the landscape of Theo’s and countless others’ lives. A sophisticated mystery featuring a resilient and intrepid protagonist, UNDER THE EGG is middle grade literature at its best.
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Theodora Tenpenny, Theo for short, is happily living with her grandfather and her mother in a two hundred year old brownstone in New York City. Read morePublished 15 days ago by merle
A fun read. References to classical art. Adolescent girls who are competent and savy enough to operate independently, solving a complex problem will skill and uncommon good... Read morePublished 28 days ago by swimmer's gramma
Quirky characters meet together to discover that there is always something precious to be found, if one digs deep enough. Friendship is to be treasured.Published 2 months ago by Thamar
A good,exciting mystery that kept me turning the pages! I originally didn't want to read this book but really liked it afterword. Great find-kudos to battle of the books!Published 2 months ago by Emery
Very engaging, fun read with many twists and turns to keep it moving. Good for adults too!Published 3 months ago by Jenny
This book was a delight to read. Despite losing her grandfather, Theo is determined to keep the family home and her impaired mother together. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mary Stelle,Mary Stelle
What an amazing blend of art, sleuthing, paparazzi, WWII, chickens and eggs! If you can't believe those things go together, just read this book and you'll see! So much fun!Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
When 13-year-old Theodora “Theo” Tenpenny accidently spills rubbing alcohol on her late grandfather’s painting, she’s surprised to find another painting underneath. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Alba
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