Giveaway Feature: UNDER THE EGG by Laura Marx Fitzgerald

UNDER THE EGG sounds just like the books I used to read when I was younger. A mysterious painting that may have been stolen. While I rarely read middle grade anymore, I love the sound of Laura’s debut, and I’m excited to share it with you all to celebrate her upcoming release. Thanks to the lovely people at Penguin, I’ve got a giveaway, too! Read on.

Laura Marx Fitzgerald
256 pages
Publisher: Dial (Penguin)
Release Date: March 18th, 2014

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler meets Chasing Vermeer in this clever middle grade debut.

When Theodora Tenpenny spills a bottle of rubbing alcohol on her late grandfather’s painting, she discovers what seems to be an old Renaissance masterpiece underneath. That’s great news for Theo, who’s struggling to hang onto her family’s two-hundred-year-old townhouse and support her unstable mother on her grandfather’s legacy of $463. There’s just one problem: Theo’s grandfather was a security guard at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and she worries the painting may be stolen.

With the help of some unusual new friends, Theo’s search for answers takes her all around Manhattan, and introduces her to a side of the city—and her grandfather—that she never knew. To solve the mystery, she’ll have to abandon her hard-won self-reliance and build a community, one serendipitous friendship at a time.

About the Author

I never thought I’d own a tote bag that captured my entire life’s philosophy.

I read anywhere and everywhere as a kid. I read in the dark after lights out. I walked to school every day with a book held in front of my face. I hid books under my desk in class. My favorite way to spend a weekend was with a minimum of three books under a blanket fort.

But I don’t have to tell you. If you’re here, you know what I’m talking about.

As much as I have always loved to read, I never thought I’d be a writer. Even though I was a writer. A copywriter. The person who writes those words you ignore on credit card slips and cereal boxes.

I just never thought I’d write a novel. That was for . . . well, novelists.

Then one day I had an idea about a girl finding a stolen painting in her attic. And another idea about a dilapidated house on the city’s most gentrified block. And another idea about a pioneer girl transported to modern-day Manhattan.

The ideas all merged together into UNDER THE EGG. And now I find myself not only having written a novel, but sitting down every day to write another.

But I’d still rather be reading.

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    March 15, 2014

    Sounds wonderful great giveaway.

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    March 15, 2014

    Sounds so cute!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

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    March 15, 2014

    Sounds like a cute book.

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    March 15, 2014

    I loved this book.

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    Jacinta Corcoran

    March 15, 2014

    I want to read it. It looks so cool, amazing.

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    Bayram Furat

    March 15, 2014

    Looks like an interesting book and I want to read it :)

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    March 15, 2014

    Yes, I wanna read it!

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    March 15, 2014

    Haven’t read it; would like to

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    susan beamon

    March 15, 2014

    sounds like an interesting book.

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    Jennifer Crawford

    March 15, 2014

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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    Cindi Clubbs

    March 16, 2014

    The story sounds brilliant! I love a protagonist who doesn’t lead a charmed life but who finds rewards in her interactions with others. Going on my TBR list:)))

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    March 16, 2014

    Haven’t read it but I want to! I love From the Mixed up Files and Chasing Vermeer. I’m a media specialist at an elementary school and a few of my fifth grade classes read Chasing Vermeer so I’m sure they would love this book too!

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    March 27, 2014

    oh I would love to read this book! :D sounds exciting!

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    March 29, 2014

    Loved From The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, excited to see this is reminiscent of it!

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    Kate I.

    March 30, 2014

    I have fond memories of reading FROM THE MIXED-UP FILES OF MRS. BASIL E. FRANKWEILER so would love to share UNDER THE EGG with my nieces — we’d probably all dig it!