This month Shalysse Bennett, an elementary education major at the McKay School, recommends Masterpiece by Elise Broach. Shalysse, who grew up in Texas, knew she wanted to go into education after volunteering at a preschool as a teenager. She loves children’s literature. In fact, she believes that you never grow out of it!

Masterpiece is a story about friendship, one of those special childhood friendships that are full of adventure. With individuality and creativity, Elise Broach effectively crafts a story that requires us to read imaginatively. The plotline is full of surprises, and the characters are intriguing. Masterpiece takes you on an adventure that will keep you up reading late into the night.

This exiting story begins when James, an 11-year-old boy living in New York City, receives a pen and ink set for his birthday. Marvin, a beetle, lives in James’ apartment. One morning James wakes up to find an intricate ink drawing by Marvin, who is able to create tiny masterpieces using James’ bottle of ink. Marvin’s special talents and James’ penchant for adventure get them both wrapped up in a thrilling mystery involving an Albrecht Durer drawing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.