The Frame-up by Wendy Mcleod MacknightThe Frame-up by Wendy Mcleod Macknight

The Frame-up

byWendy Mcleod Macknight

Hardcover | June 5, 2018

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When Sargent Singer discovers that the paintings in his father’s gallery are alive, he is pulled into a captivating world behind the frame that he never knew existed.

Filled with shady characters, devious plots, and a grand art heist, this inventive mystery-adventure celebrates art and artists and is perfect for fans of Night at the Museum and Blue Balliett’s Chasing Vermeer.

There’s one important rule at the Beaverbrook Gallery—don’t let anyone know the paintings are alive. Mona Dunn, forever frozen at thirteen when her portrait was painted by William Orpen, has just broken that rule. Luckily twelve-year-old Sargent Singer, an aspiring artist himself, is more interested in learning about the vast and intriguing world behind the frame than he is in sharing her secret.

And when Mona and Sargent suspect shady dealings are happening behind the scenes at the gallery, they set out to find the culprit. They must find a way to save the gallery—and each other—before they are lost forever.  

With an imaginative setting, lots of intrigue, and a thoroughly engaging cast of characters, The Frame-Up will captivate readers of Jacqueline West’s The Books of Elsewhere.

Includes a 16-page full-color insert showcasing the real paintings featured in the book.

Title:The Frame-upFormat:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.21 inPublished:June 5, 2018Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062668307

ISBN - 13:9780062668301


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun Summer Read I found the book to b an enjoyable read w very good character development, story movement and relevant interesting tidbits about life, history, art and even about New Brunswick and how it fits into the world Your narrative demystifies art for the reader, the beaverbrook gallery and even a little about how parents are people too who want what is best for their children The story illustrates to younger minds how new things can b scary, but once u start u may see just how much fun new can be. Give new a chance. Many modern themes like divorce, marriage to new spouses, family mystery that gets figured out, all with care and respect for everyone I like how the book uses art, illustrates art, and makes the paintings into primary characters in the story. Wonderfully done If I knew any pre teens I would be showing them this book to read
Date published: 2018-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great Canadian read! This book was so much fun! Who hasn't wondered if the people in paintings are all shenaniganizing behind our backs. THE FRAME-UP takes that question and runs with it, spinning a tale full of good humour and delightful adventure. I loved the balance of the two POVs between Mona and Sargent. The build-up of their friendship wove seamlessly between their storylines. I'm a sucker for family and friendship drama as well which was happening in front of and behind the frames. A fair bit of Canadiana and art history also cropped up among the descriptions of the vivid life of the paintings' residents which I found just as interesting as the actual plot! And...AND!!!! The twist at the end is one of my favourite things ever. I found myself *hoping* something like it would happen, but when it did - there was cheering.
Date published: 2018-06-06

Editorial Reviews

“A girl in a painting and a boy visiting the gallery she hangs in foil art thieves. ...MacKnight entices with art critique and technique. ...For anyone who’s wondered about the people inside the frames.”