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The Gallery

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Engaging 1929 mystery for tween historical fiction fans.

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age 11+

Based on 1 parent review

age 11+

Art History Mystery

I pre-read this book before giving it to my daughter. I really enjoyed the storyline, and the use of art in the mystery. It helps the reader see that thoughts and feelings are communicated through artwork. There are some simplistic plot holes, but nothing that can’t be ignored. It is fun little read, that isn’t a literary masterpiece, but is entertaining. Things to be aware of, mentions being “on the rag” and womanly troubles a couple of times, in case your child hasn’t had that conversation yet. Talks about younger boys looking through the books for nude people. Mildly implies that one character is having an affair. Deadbeat dad that the mom has fallen out of love with. All in all these topics were handled appropriately for a child emotionally prepared to handle them.

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Laura Marx Fitzgerald has created another engaging story that historical fiction and mystery lovers alike will enjoy. Tweens especially will relate to Martha's admirable pluck as she gets to the bottom of things. They'll also learn a bit about classical and modern painting and about the stock market crash that started the Great Depression.

The plot is well structured, with lots of intrigue that keeps the pages turning. The characters are colorful and well developed. Tweens will enjoy immersing themselves in the height of the Roaring Twenties. Fans of Under the Egg are sure to enjoy a new story and setting that still offer mystery, intrigue, and a smart girl getting to the bottom of it all. There's not a lot of depth here, but it's a fun way to expose young fans of historical fiction and mystery to a time and place they may not know much about.

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