James to the Rescue (The Masterpiece Adventures Series #2)

James to the Rescue (The Masterpiece Adventures Series #2)


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In this Masterpiece Adventure, the second in a chapter book series for younger readers from Elise Broach, bestselling author of Masterpiece, Marvin the beetle is going collecting with his family.

All is good and well until Uncle Albert gets hurt. Marvin needs James's help to save Uncle Albert before it's too late.

James to the Rescue captures the miniature world of Marvin the beetle and his special friendship with James.

Praise for The Adventures of Marvin and James:
“A winsome series debut . . . a sweet story of cross-species friendship.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Just right for a younger crowd. . . . Despite the simplicity of Broach's pared-down sentences, the story brims with both emotion and moments of quiet wisdom.” —Publishers Weekly

“New readers will be rewarded for the effort by this page-turning adventure, which is written throughout with emotional authenticity and illustrated with lively pen-and-ink illustrations in a brown and gray palette, ending with a very satisfying conclusion.” —The Horn Book

Praise for Masterpiece:
“Inventive . . . Broach . . . packs this fast-moving story with perennially seductive themes: hidden lives and secret friendships, miniature worlds lost to disbelievers . . . Broach and Kelly show readers something new.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Delightful intricacies of beetle life . . . blend seamlessly with the suspenseful caper as well as the sentimental story of a complicated-but-rewarding friendship . . . Murphy's charming pen-and-ink drawings populate the short chapters of this funny, winsome novel.” —Kirkus Reviews

“This marvelous story is sure to be a hit.” —School Library Journal

Read all of the Masterpiece Adventures:
The Miniature World of Marvin & James
James to the Rescue
Trouble at School for Marvin & James

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250103789
Publisher: Square Fish
Publication date: 04/11/2017
Series: Masterpiece Adventures Series , #2
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 235,062
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: 590L (what's this?)
Age Range: 6 - 9 Years

About the Author

Elise Broach is the New York Times-bestselling author of books for children and young adults, including Desert Crossing, Shakespeare's Secret, Masterpiece, and the Superstition Mountain Mysteries series. Her books have been selected as ALA Notable Books, Junior Library Guild selections, the recipient of an E.B. White Read Aloud Award, and an Edgar Award nominee, among other distinctions. She lives in Connecticut with her family.

Kelly Murphy has illustrated many books for children including Masterpiece, Alex and the Amazing Time Machine, and the Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist books. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

Read an Excerpt

James to the Rescue

By Elise Broach, Kelly Murphy

Henry Holt and Company

Copyright © 2015 Elise Broach
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-62779-317-9



Marvin is excited. Papa and Uncle Albert are going collecting. Collecting is what the beetles call it when they crawl around the Pompadays' apartment looking for things they can use.

A button can make a pretty table.

A doll's shoe can be a nice chair.

A cap from a tube of toothpaste can hold a giant feast.

For the first time ever, Marvin and Elaine get to go collecting. There's no telling what they will find. They are so excited that they do a happy dance, like this:

Mama is not so excited.

"Please be careful," she says. "Collecting is dangerous! You must listen to Papa and Uncle Albert."

"We will," Marvin promises.

"We're going to have the BEST time!" Elaine says. "I know we'll find something really good."

"I hope so," Marvin says.

Marvin thinks about what he would like to find.

He might find part of a crayon ...

Or a tiny piece of wrapping paper ...

Or something to put inside his secret hideout.

"Ready?" Papa says.

"YES!" Marvin and Elaine shout.

Papa and Uncle Albert have a little sack that they drag by the string. It's blue and silky. It used to hold a pair of Mrs. Pompaday's earrings. Now it's the perfect bag for collecting.

"Let's go," says Uncle Albert.

Papa, Uncle Albert, Marvin, and Elaine sneak out of their home in the kitchen cupboard.

William, James's baby brother, is in the kitchen. He's banging a spoon on the floor.

Bang! Bang! Bang!

The beetles do not like William. They hide near the leg of a chair.

But William sees them.

"Ba ba!" William says.

Uh-oh! He crawls across the floor, banging his spoon.


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Table of Contents


Title Page,
Copyright Notice,
CHAPTER ONE Collecting,
CHAPTER TWO Something Good,
CHAPTER THREE Uncle Albert in Trouble,
CHAPTER FOUR James to the Rescue!,
CHAPTER FIVE Uncle Albert Gets Better,
About the Author and Illustrator,
Praise for Previous Books by Elise Broach and Kelly Murphy,

Customer Reviews