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The Gallery A riveting historical art mystery for fans of Chasing Vermeer and The Westing Game set in the Roaring Twenties It s and twelve year old Martha has no choice but to work as a maid in the New Yor

  • Title: The Gallery
  • Author: Laura Marx Fitzgerald
  • ISBN: 9780525428657
  • Page: 466
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A riveting historical art mystery for fans of Chasing Vermeer and The Westing Game, set in the Roaring Twenties It s 1929, and twelve year old Martha has no choice but to work as a maid in the New York City mansion of the wealthy Sewell family But, despite the Gatsby like parties and trimmings of success, she suspects something might be deeply wrong in the household speciA riveting historical art mystery for fans of Chasing Vermeer and The Westing Game, set in the Roaring Twenties It s 1929, and twelve year old Martha has no choice but to work as a maid in the New York City mansion of the wealthy Sewell family But, despite the Gatsby like parties and trimmings of success, she suspects something might be deeply wrong in the household specifically with Rose Sewell, the formerly vivacious lady of the house who now refuses to leave her room The other servants say Rose is crazy, but scrappy, strong willed Martha thinks there s to the story and that the paintings in the Sewell s gallery contain a hidden message detailing the truth But in a house filled with secrets, nothing is quite what it seems, and no one is who they say Can Martha follow the clues, decipher the code, and solve the mystery of what s really going on with Rose Sewell Inspired by true events described in the author s fascinating note, The Gallery is a 1920s caper told with humor and spunk that readers will love.

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    1. Putting this audiobook on hold 8 chapters in. I like the story, and I usually really like Jorjeana Marie's narration, but I find the broad, exaggerated accent she's doing for this 1920s book too distracting. I keep picturing a little girl playing dressup/make-believe imitating gangster/mob movies. :/ I guess I'll try to get ahold of the book eventually

    2. 4.5 starsSet in the late 1920’s, The Gallery is a fast-moving, highly entertaining read that is a combination of historical fiction and gothic mystery. Expelled from school at age 12, Martha goes to work in the Sewell mansion alongside her mother. The longer Martha works at the 5th Avenue mansion, the more Martha begins to suspect that everything is not as it seems at the Sewell household. Meanwhile, she discovers that paintings in the Sewell’s gallery contain messages that someone is hoping [...]

    3. I received this advanced readers copy at ALA Midwinter in Boston. I adored this book! I don't read a lot of middle grade and was hesitant to pick The Gallery up. What made me give it a chance? 1. It's set in 1929 - a FUN time period to read about2. It revolves around service - I love books about service, I find it fascinating 3. Martha is plucky - the way she forgets she is in service and can't talk to people the way she does4. It didn't read like a middle grade book - what I mean by that is the [...]

    4. 1928, Brooklyn. Martha is the daughter of a housekeeper who has started working in the home of newspaper magnate Mr. Sewell. Martha accompanies her mother only to get caught up in a mystery surrounding his wife, Rose. In her youth Rose was a charming party girl, but now she spends her days ranting and raving about paintings in a locked bedroom. What happened to Rose? Why is she obsessed with the paintings? And who is leaking stories about the Sewells- some of them untrue- to the tabloids?From th [...]

    5. This is a book that I would have loved as a middle-grade reader, and it would be an excellent choice for any younger readers who enjoy historical fiction grounded in strong, detailed settings. I would have written a derivative fanfic of this book if I had read it when I was 10. It has everything you could possibly want: a plucky teenage heroine! A romantic, rich recluse! Very obvious references to the New York City of 1929 (including (view spoiler)[the brother of Bartolomeo Vanzetti (hide spoile [...]

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    7. This was SUCH A FUN READ!!! this book, the theme, atmosphere is right up my alley! I just loved it!! I loved the story so much that it makes me feel sad the fact that the ending was so anticlimactic and abrupt! it was almost like the author got tired of writing and decided to end it right away regardless of what was the story about and how creative unique the entire thing is, except for the ending of course. I love the mixture of art, and the way the main characters uses it as a form of communic [...]

    8. Sowhile I liked the mystery central to the bookI took issue with several things which influenced my overall opinion of just two starsFirst off, AUTHORS! DON'T EVER SPOIL A CLASSIC NOVEL BY REVEALING ITS SECRETS! EVER!!!! Especially when that novel happens to be the greatest novel written in the English language: Jane Eyre. Why, why WHY, in a book for young people would you give that away? You've ruined their experience for that (in this case, very delicious!) novel when they pick it up in the fu [...]

    9. This one took my 11-year-old and I a very long time to get through.Very interesting time period and we enjoyed looking at the art pieces online while they were being described by Martha as she unraveled the mystery and clues from Rose.The end seemed rushed and we both found it confusing. Just seemed unsettled.

    10. I finished this book a couple of days ago and I loved it! Not 5 star good in my opinion but I would still recommend it to others! Such a compelling story line and lovely characters! That's why I finished it so quickly! Read this book!!!

    11. Engaging and clever story. I am always a fan of a good art mystery book. This is middle grade reading that doesn't talk down to the younger set. We need more books like this one.

    12. a reluctant 3 starsThere are jars of molasses faster than this plot. Nonetheless, I absolutely adored the author's note. In an odd way, I think it's inspired me to exert more effort to live and learn willingly instead of merely existing. A Quote That Stood Out to Me:"Hasn't the world always been full of monsters and lies? Isn't it our place to fight them, to tell the truth, to rewrite the story? To ensure the return of spring in a world of winter?In hindsight, I think this felt slow and took me [...]

    13. I cannot figure out who's supposed to be the target audience for this book. Hell, I couldn't even nail down the age of the main character.In the audiobook version, the narrator gives Martha a very young voice and a lot of her actions and words match this, making her seem to be somewhere in the neighborhood of 6-9 years old. The opening scene, however, has her lying about her menses, putting her around 12-ish (which I'm pretty sure is her real age), and later in the book she has a pretty deep kno [...]

    14. Historical, set in 1929 New York. My, how times have changed. I found myself cringing every time Mr. Sewell opened his mouth. His self-important, era-honest attitudes toward women, immigrants, religion, servants, politics, and the general populace are rather infuriating. I'm sure others readers will be as eager as I was for him to get some form of comeuppance. Martha, the main character, is certainly no angel. A glib liar, an irreverent sass, an unapologetic shirker, and a fearless meddler—he [...]

    15. This is one of the best middle grade books I've ever read. It's amazing. Love the story and love the writing. It's perfect.

    16. Wonderful story that includes historical details of the stock market crash, famous artworks, and real newspaper clippings the author used to compile this book's plot.

    17. Happily, another book in where the youth is empowered with common sense, street smarts and a whole lot of compassion.

    18. This book is thoughtful, excellently intertwined, and has great character development and pacing without being oversimplified and cliche.I really like that though this book is for a younger audience, it doesn't dumb down ideas and makes the story so believable that you almost think it could really happen. It's great that it's based off a mix of real-life events.I really, really like the main character Martha O'Doyle, who is very much like Piper McCloud from The Girl Who Could Fly by Victoria For [...]

    19. I enjoyed Fitzgerald's first middle grade novel (Under the Egg) and was looking forward to this one. It didn't disappoint. Again, it's an art mystery narrated by a plucky young female protagonist, but this time the setting is New York City in 1929. Fitzgerald does a wonderful job capturing that time -- the wealth, the poverty, the struggle of immigrants arriving in NYC, a contentious presidential election. All of this felt remarkably familiar.Martha, the narrator, is working as a maid in the man [...]

    20. A locked room mystery with a great twist. After a near-expulsion at school, 13-year-old Martha has to work a year in service with her mother in a Manhattan 5th Avenue mansion. It is 1929 and Martha finds the work as a kitchen maid and then parlor maid exhausting. The situation in the house however has Martha's curiosity at a fever-pitch. The mistress of the house is suffering from a mysterious condition. Her husband, a famous newspaper publisher, has locked her in her room where she gets minimal [...]

    21. I absolutely adored Laura Marx Fitzgerald's previous book, Under the Egg, but I was not as enchanted by this one although it was enjoyable. I liked the role of the artwork in this story and how it provided clues to the mystery. The historical background was very interesting and well done. But the main character, Martha, seemed too alone in this story with no real supporting characters. The mystery woman, Rose, was too simplified and the reader never had the opportunity to really get to know her. [...]

    22. This book is full of fun ideas, although they maybe don't hang together as well as they could. Both the plot and the pacing was a bit scattershot - the divide between the main story (our protagonist's quest to free the imprisoned mistress of her household) and the side characters and subplots felt uneven. There was too much focus on the story's main thrust for everything else to breathe, but not enough to keep the book feeling unified and purposeful. If the author had chosen to either focus on o [...]

    23. This book was like a slightly less intoxicatingly suspenseful version of The Invention of Hugo Cabret, which is pretty high praise.The mystery felt somewhat unevenly paced: some revelations were made pretty early on, (view spoiler)[the secret of messages being transmitted through the paintings could have been far more tantalizingly drawn out (hide spoiler)], then there was a long wait until the big, climactic, tell-all reveal. I was more than happy to tag along for the ups and downs, though. Mar [...]

    24. Set in the late 1920s, Martha is kicked out of her Catholic high school and goes to work with her mother as a maid in the mansion of millionaire newspaper mogul Archer Sewell. The house is mostly closed up, with just a handful of help working there. This is mostly due to Sewell's heiress wife Rose, who is supposedly crazy and locked in her room. As Martha delves deeper into the mysterious circumstances surrounding Rose, she becomes entangled in the unfamiliar world of the super wealthy. An inter [...]

    25. Twelve year old Martha O'Doyle goes to work alongside her mother at the mansion of newspaper magnate J. Arthur Sewell. Locked in the attic is Sewell's supposedly mad wife Rose. Martha soon finds herself questioning whether Rose is really mad or a victim of her husband machinations. Using her collection of paintings as a way to communicate with Martha, Rose and Martha plan her escape. The plot is suspenseful and the use of world famous art as a way to communicate is fascinating. The only real fla [...]

    26. This wonderful novel begins with a very old woman named Martha is close to death, she is the only living survivor who knows the truth about a bombing of a mansion when she was 12 years old, so she decides to tell her story. It is the roaring 20s and Martha is working for a Newspaper Magnate who is for Herbert Hoover. He has a wife who seem to be mad, but what exactly is the truth, this Martha investigates to discover the mystery. The house is full of famous paintings that turns out are clues.Thi [...]

    27. Young Irish heroine discovers a message in the paintings of her employer and begins a quest to free her. At times, Martha is annoying and you want to say hey stop causing trouble. The ending is sad. The author comments that she put to story together from a group of various newspaper articles. Has a YA feel.

    28. What a gem of a book. I was recommended this book by a fellow librarian, and when I read that it is similar to The Westing Game, I was all in. It took me a little bit to really be invested, but once it got into the mystery, I was loving it.

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