I know it’s only March, but I think I already have a candidate for my favorite new book of the year: Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald!
Thirteen-year-old Theodora “Theo” Tenpenny lives with her mathematician mother and grandfather Jack, an artist, in their family home on 18 Spinney Lane*. Even though they own the dilapidated house, Theo’s always been taught by her grandfather to live frugally. When Jack suddenly dies, Theo has a puzzle to solve: how to take care of herself and her scatterbrained mom on just $463.
But Jack has left Theo an even bigger puzzle: Just before he died, Jack told her to look “under the egg” for a letter “and a treasure.” Three months later, Theo finds underneath Jack’s egg painting what could possibly be the biggest discovery in art in the last 500 years!
Theo’s not alone in her quest, though: She meets Bodhi, a child of busy Hollywood stars and an online research master; a tattooed not-so-quiet librarian named Eddie; and others in her search to discover the treasure under the egg.
Read this book ASAP if you like ANY of the following:
- From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
- Chasing Vermeer or any other related books by Blue Balliett
- Museums and art
- Books with mysteries, intrigue, and heists
- 16th-century scandals
- War survival stories
- New York City (even if you’ve never been there)
- Any interest in eventually seeing either of these grown-up movies: The Monuments Men or The Da Vinci Code (Both were adult books first!)
- An excellent (egg-cellent? hehehehe!) “can’t-put-it-down” page turner!
I’m serious about the page-turning, guys. I started reading Under the Egg in a cafe and ended up having to order three coffees and a quiche so they couldn’t kick me out while I sat there and finished the book.
Nancy loves art and museums so much that she decided to study Art History in college. Good thing she studied art and never became an artist; check out how awfully she draws.
More about Nancy »
*There isn’t actually a Spinney Lane in New York City. I was pretty disappointed that I wouldn’t be able to go stalk some fictional book characters in real life.