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Broach, Elise.
New York : Holt/Christy Ottaviano Books, 2008
IL 4-8. RL 5.3
ISBN 0805082700
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A boy (James) Ė a beetle (Marvin) and an art theft. These ingredients combine to produce a masterpiece of mystery. James and Marvin become friends and when Marvin uses Jamesí ink set to create a miniature masterpiece in the style of Dürer for James birthday, the two friends become embroiled in an art mystery. James, wanting to impress his father, claims he created Marvinís art work. Excited, Jamesí Dad then wants James to create a forgery to trap an art thief. Will the beetle help the boy? Will the thief be trapped? Will James win his fatherís approval? Read the Masterpiece to discover the answers to these questions!  (Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award nominee, 2011)
SUBJECTS:     Artists -- Fiction.
                        Beetles -- Fiction.
                        Human-animal relationships -- Fiction.
                        Art thefts -- Fiction.
                        Family life -- New York (State) -- New York -- Fiction.
                        Durer, Albrecht, 1471-1528 -- Fiction.
                        New York (N.Y.) -- Fiction.
                        Mystery and detective stories.

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