Recommended for Readers
in Grades 6 and up
Theo could use some extra money. When her grandfather dies, she is left with her brilliant but irresponsible mother in a rundown house in an expensive neighborhood. She is literally counting pennies every time she rides a bus or pays a bill. Her grandfather's last words lead to a mysterious painting discovery. Is this piece of art actually a valuable treasure?
Fans of From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler or Chasing Vermeer or Masterpiece are likely to enjoy the style of this book. Theo's poverty and new friendship with the daughter of two famous actors (who are inattentive parents), in addition to the unfolding history of her grandfather's past, lend extra dimensions to this story. Readers who aren't especially fans of art will still enjoy the plot, and those with any prior knowledge or interest in art history are in good hands with this author.
The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.
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