Under the Egg

Under the Egg

eBook - 2014
Average Rating:
7
5
2
 …
Rate this:
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.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Penguin Group US, 2014
ISBN: 9781101614242
1101614242
Characteristics: 1 online resource (256 pages)
1 online resource
Call Number: eBook

Related Resources


Opinion

From Library Staff

List - Page Twisters
DCLbookclubs Nov 05, 2016

This book was discussed January 23rd '17.

Comment
Berlysbooks Feb 13, 2017

Beware! Content and references may be too advanced for 4th-6th graders: Jack dies in the road in a pool of blood gurgling his last words, girly magazines, sexual references and the main subject of the book is a Raphael painting of a topless woman. The text is thick as soup at times, can be confu... Read More »

August 2016


From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment

Berlysbooks Feb 13, 2017

Beware! Content and references may be too advanced for 4th-6th graders: Jack dies in the road in a pool of blood gurgling his last words, girly magazines, sexual references and the main subject of the book is a Raphael painting of a topless woman. The text is thick as soup at times, can be confusing and lacks a reward for reading.

JCLMelodyMK Feb 02, 2017

I would recommend this book to anyone from 10 to 100. It is fun and has history.
A very interesting read, that I enjoyed.

m
mlharr
Apr 30, 2016

What a fun book! The back-of-book blurb compared it to "From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler meets Chasing Vermeer" and it's so true! I think I read From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler about a dozen times as a kid- I so wanted to get myself locked in a museum overnight! Revisiting it in a similar story was super enjoyable.

So Under the Egg is the story of Theodora Tenpenny, a young teen who lives with her mom in an old family home. Her grandfather, an artist and security guard at the Met, lived with them too, until he passed away. Then one day Theodora knocks over a bottle of rubbing alcohol onto one of her grandfather's paintings and finds another, older painting underneath. Next thing you know, she's investigating whether or not her grandfather had a Rembrandt hidden in plain sight!

So much to love about this book! There's the main character, Theodora, who is awesomely spunky and unique. She's not perfect- she's real. I would love to be her best friend. She's enthusiastic and caring, but doesn't deny that life gets hard sometimes. Then there's her family. They're also far from perfect, but you can really tell that they care a lot about each other. The relationship between Theodora and her grandfather is especially sweet. I also love the mystery aspect. Like a modern-day Nancy Drew! And this is a small detail, but Theodora totally uses the library for her research. I do love when my own profession is included in a book. ;)

I highly recommend this book! Yes, it's shelved in the J section of the library- I still totally enjoyed it and I feel like you would, too.

BCD2013 Jun 09, 2014

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.

BCD2013 Jun 09, 2014

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

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 grandfather is called into question and she cannot rest until the mystery is solved. An excellent read set in New York City.

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Feb 02, 2014

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.

Age

Add Age Suitability

p
PCT
Jul 15, 2017

PCT thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

r
ReadingWriter
Jul 28, 2014

ReadingWriter thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

j
joycemas
Jul 07, 2014

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

orange_falcon_108 Jun 27, 2014

orange_falcon_108 thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Feb 02, 2014

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

Summary

Add a Summary

j
joycemas
Jul 07, 2014

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.

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Feb 02, 2014

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.

Quotes

Add a Quote

r
ReadingWriter
Jul 02, 2014

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.

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Feb 02, 2014

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

Notices

Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Explore Further

Recommendations

Subject Headings

  Loading...

Find it at DCL

  Loading...
[]
[]
To Top