Art and Mystery

My eighth Nutmeg is in the books (pun intended!).  Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald had so many great elements, mystery, art, history and unique family/friend relationships.  This story reminded me a bit of The DaVinci Code for kids.

I will say a bit about each element.  For starters, the mystery was enough to keep you guessing through the whole story.  And I loved that the letter at the end solved it all. Every single thing would have been different if she found that letter first, including her friendship with Bodhi.  I loved the contrast between Bodhi’s celebrity lifestyle and Theo’s frugal one.  I also found myself intrigued by the mother’s character (although honestly, every character was appealing to me in some way).  I hoped mom would solve her math theorem by the end of the book, but I guess her not solving it was part of the point!

The art described through the story gives the reader a great lesson in the Masters, and of course, a different viewpoint of WWII POWs.  It makes me want to visit a museum to see the paintings being described.  I think this book would be a great read aloud for a class with SO many enrichment options.  My only question is whether a student would be as interested in the book as I was?  I look forward to talking to those students of mine who read it.

My daughter mentioned enjoying Fitzgerald’s novel The Gallery.  I will definitely add it to my “want to read” list!

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