Under the Egg: Book Review

March 18th, 2014 by

Under the Egg_Laura Marx Fitzgerald

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.


icon_nancyNancy 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.

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*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.