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ISBN13: 9781416903420
ISBN10: 1416903429
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The greatest artist of his time... An apprentice with a larcenous heart and an aversion to the truth... A young Dutchess whose plain face belies her beautiful soul...

Could the complex ways these three lives intertwine hold the key to a historical riddle as enigmatic as the Mona Lisa's smile — why Leonardo da Vinci devoted three years to a painting of the second wife of an unimportant merchant when all the nobles of Europe were begging for a portrait by his hand?

Only a master storyteller like two-time Newberry Medal-winner E.L. Konigsburg could create such an intriguing answer to the puzzle behind the most famous painting of all time.

Synopsis:

This classic novel by the Newbery Medalist (The View from Saturday) explores the mystery behind Leonardo Da Vinci's masterpiece. Could the links between the artist, a lying apprentice, and a young duchess hold the key to the historical riddle of the "Mona Lisa's" smile?

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THE GREATEST ARTIST OF HIS TIME

AN APPRENTICE WITH A LARCENOUS HEART AND AN AVERSION TO THE TRUTH

A YOUNG DUTCHESS WHOSE PLAIN FACE BELIES HER BEAUTIFUL SOUL

Could the complex ways these three lives intertwine hold the key to a historical riddle as enigmatic as the Mona Lisa's smile — why Leonardo da Vinci devoted three years to a painting of the second wife of an unimportant merchant when all the nobles of Europe were begging for a portrait by his hand?

Only a master storyteller like two-time Newberry Medal-winner E.L. Konigsburg could create such an intriguing answer to the puzzle behind the most famous painting of all time.

About the Author

E. L. Konigsburg is the only author to have won the Newbery Medal and be runner-up in the same year. In 1968 From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler won the Newbery Medal and Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth was named Newbery Honor Book. Almost thirty years later she won the Newbery Medal once again for The View From Saturday. She has also written and illustrated three picture books: Samuel Todd's Book of Great Colors, Samuel Todd's Book of Great Inventions, and Amy Elizabeth Explores Bloomingdale's. In 2000 she wrote Silent to the Bone, which was named a New York Times Notable Book and an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, among many other honors.

After completing her degree at Carnegie Mellon University, Ms. Konigsburg did graduate work in organic chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh. For several years she taught science at a private girls' school. When the third of her three children started kindergarten, she began to write. She now lives on the beach in North Florida.

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smorrell, October 23, 2011 (view all comments by smorrell)
Excellent, fast paced historical fiction. Well drawn characters, tight story, historically, yet fictionally, accurate. The author does a great job of taking known facts, and fleshing out a very plausable possible story. Great for a classroom read and discussion.
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chandy-14, October 5, 2006 (view all comments by chandy-14)
Well the book looked very misterious in the outside and I thought that it would be better in the inside which was true, the fact that the Duchess Beatrice died made everything so much interesting becuase of the way everyone reacted upon it and the way everything connected together made everything so amusing I congragulate the author because she did an exellent job on the book.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781416903420
Author:
Konigsburg, E. L.
Publisher:
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - General
Subject:
Art (painting sculpture artists architecture etc.)
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - Historical
Subject:
Biographical - European
Subject:
Leonardo
Subject:
Historical - Renaissance
Subject:
Art/Architecture
Subject:
Beatrice
Subject:
Children s-Historical Fiction-Renaissance
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B102
Publication Date:
June 2005
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
f-c cvr
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 5.53 oz
Age Level:
10-14

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Product details 160 pages Atheneum Books for Young Readers - English 9781416903420 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , This classic novel by the Newbery Medalist (The View from Saturday) explores the mystery behind Leonardo Da Vinci's masterpiece. Could the links between the artist, a lying apprentice, and a young duchess hold the key to the historical riddle of the "Mona Lisa's" smile?
"Synopsis" by , THE GREATEST ARTIST OF HIS TIME

AN APPRENTICE WITH A LARCENOUS HEART AND AN AVERSION TO THE TRUTH

A YOUNG DUTCHESS WHOSE PLAIN FACE BELIES HER BEAUTIFUL SOUL

Could the complex ways these three lives intertwine hold the key to a historical riddle as enigmatic as the Mona Lisa's smile — why Leonardo da Vinci devoted three years to a painting of the second wife of an unimportant merchant when all the nobles of Europe were begging for a portrait by his hand?

Only a master storyteller like two-time Newberry Medal-winner E.L. Konigsburg could create such an intriguing answer to the puzzle behind the most famous painting of all time.

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