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FRAMED by Frank Cottrell Boyce Kirkus Star

FRAMED

By Frank Cottrell Boyce

Age Range: 10 - 14

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2006
ISBN: 0-06-073402-7
Publisher: HarperCollins

When the entire contents of the National Gallery are brought to the dead-end town of Manod, Wales, for safekeeping in a hollowed-out slate quarry, life changes forever for the Hughes family. Business at the Snowdonia Oasis Auto Marvel has been drying up as more and more people move out of town, leaving the family without any viable source of income and narrator Dylan without a single boy to play soccer with. When the chief caretaker of the artworks mistakes Dylan’s fondness for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for an appreciation of Renaissance artists, a line of communication opens up between Manod and the quarry that gently transforms both, as the response of the citizens of Manod to the art brings life back to the nearly moribund town, and humanity to the Gallery personnel. While the art does its quiet work, however, Dylan’s little sister Minnie, a criminal genius in the making, determines that the only way to rescue the Snowdonia Oasis is to pull off a heist, threatening everything. Boyce’s signature daffiness plays hilarity and pathos off each other with not one wrong note. (Fiction. 10-14)