When budding artist Sargent Singer discovers that the paintings in his father’s gallery are alive, he’s pulled into a world he never knew existed. With devious plots, shady characters, and grand art heists, this inventive mystery adventure celebrates art and artists and is perfect for fans of Night at the Museum and Blue Balliett’s Chasing Vermeer.
Rule #1: Don’t let anyone know the paintings are alive.
Thirteen-year-old Mona Dunn has adhered to that rule for almost one hundred years, ever since she was painted by William Orpen and her portrait was hung on the walls of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. So when the gallery director’s son, Sargent Singer, discovers Mona is alive, she’s sure she’s just exposed the gallery’s biggest secret. But Sargent, an aspiring artist himself, just wants to know more about the vast and intriguing world beyond the frames. When Mona and Sargent suspect shady dealings in the gallery, they set out to find the culprit. And then Mona herself is threatened, and Sargent must find a way to save her before she—and the gallery—are lost forever.
This original mystery-adventure features intrigue, friendships across time and place, an incredibly imaginative setting, and a thoroughly engaging cast of characters. Fans of Jacqueline West’s Books of Elsewhere and anyone who enjoyed the Night at the Museum movie franchise will love exploring the Beaverbrook Gallery. Includes a full-color insert featuring the masterpieces that come to life in the book.