Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Review: The Frame-Up

Title: The Frame-Up by Wendy McLeod MacKnight

When Sargent Singer discovers that the paintings in his father’s gallery are alive, he is pulled into a captivating world behind the frame that he never knew existed.

Filled with shady characters, devious plots, and a grand art heist, this inventive mystery-adventure celebrates art and artists and is perfect for fans of Night at the Museum and Blue Balliett’s Chasing Vermeer.

There’s one important rule at the Beaverbrook Gallery—don’t let anyone know the paintings are alive. Mona Dunn, forever frozen at thirteen when her portrait was painted by William Orpen, has just broken that rule. Luckily twelve-year-old Sargent Singer, an aspiring artist himself, is more interested in learning about the vast and intriguing world behind the frame than he is in sharing her secret.

And when Mona and Sargent suspect shady dealings are happening behind the scenes at the gallery, they set out to find the culprit. They must find a way to save the gallery—and each other—before they are lost forever.

With an imaginative setting, lots of intrigue, and a thoroughly engaging cast of characters, The Frame-Up will captivate readers of Jacqueline West’s The Books of Elsewhere.

Includes a 16-page full-color insert showcasing the real paintings featured in the book.
-summary and cover via Goodreads

Plot: It was really creative! And I really wanted to know what would happen next, it kept me turning the pages to find out how the book would end!

Characters: I really liked all the characters! Mona and Sargent were really great main characters! I liked a lot of the supporting characters, too.

The cover: It fits the book well! And this doesn't relate to the cover, but I love the fact that the publisher is including an insert featuring what the paintings mentioned in the book look like!

Overall: This was a really enjoyable Middle Grade book! And without spoiling anything, I loved the ending of the book! A great MG read, that is absolutely perfect for anyone who is looking to read a creative, fun, and all-around good book! And it's perfect for summer! Definitely recommend it :)

I received an ARC of this book from the author and publisher.

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