The Miniature World of Marvin & James (Masterpiece Adventures #1) (Hardcover)

By Elise Broach, Kelly Murphy (Illustrator)

Henry Holt & Company, 9780805091908, 104pp.

Publication Date: February 4, 2014



In this Masterpiece Adventure, the first in a companion series for younger readers from bestselling author Elise Broach, James is going on vacation for a week. His best friend, Marvin the beetle, has to stay at home. Without James to keep him company, Marvin has to play with his annoying cousin, Elaine. Marvin and Elaine quickly find themselves getting into all sorts of trouble--even getting trapped inside a pencil sharpener Marvin misses James and starts to worry about their friendship. Will James still be Marvin's friend when he gets home or will James have found a new best friend?

A Christy Ottaviano Book

About the Author

Elise Broach is the New York Times-bestselling author of books for children and young adults, including Desert Crossing, Shakespeare's Secret, Masterpiece, and the Superstition Mountain Mysteries series. Her books have been selected as ALA Notable Books, Junior Library Guild selections, the recipient of an E.B. White Read Aloud Award, and an Edgar Award nominee, among other distinctions. She lives in Connecticut with her family. Kelly Murphy has illustrated many books for children including Masterpiece, Alex and the Amazing Time Machine, and the Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist books. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

Praise For The Miniature World of Marvin & James (Masterpiece Adventures #1)

"This winsome series debut is both a sweet story of cross-species friendship and a sobering new way to look at pencil sharpeners." - Kirkus Reviews


Awards and praise for Masterpiece:


"”Inventive . . . Broach . . .  packs this fast-moving story with perennially seductive themes: hidden lives and secret friendships, miniature worlds lost to disbelievers . . .  Broach and Kelly show readers something new."―Publishers Weekly starred review


“Delightful intricacies of beetle life . . . blend seamlessly with the suspenseful caper as well as the sentimental story of a complicated-but-rewarding friendship . . . Murphy’s charming pen-and-ink drawings populate the short chapters of this funny, winsome novel."―Kirkus Reviews


“This marvelous story is sure to be a hit.”―School Library Journal


A New York Times Bestselling Book


American Library Association Notable Children's Books, ABC E.B. White Read Aloud Award, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, CCBC Choice, Capitol Choices Noteworthy Titles for Children and Teens, CPL: Chicago Public Library Best of the Best, Florida Sunshine State Young Readers Award Master List, Illinois Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Choice Award Master List, Indiana Read Alouds Too Good to Miss Master List, Iowa Children's Choice Award Master List, Kansas State Reading Circle, Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award Master List, Nebraska Golden Sower Award Master List, Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award Master List