Cheryl is a 6th grade English teacher at Montevideo Middle School.
One of the nominees for this year's middle school book of the year is, Under the Egg by Laura Fox Fitzgerald. This is Ms. Fitzgerald's debut novel for middle school readers.
In this book, Theodora aka Theo is faced with trying to save her home in Greenwich Village with the $463.00 her grandfather has left her after his death. She lives with her mentally troubled mother who struggles with day-to-day living. As Theo's grandfather is dying, he says to her, "There's a letter.. and "a treasure" hidden "under the egg." With the help of her new found friend, Bodhi, they set out to discover the truth about an egg painting found hanging above the fire place in Theo's home. Why was the egg painting painted over something else? Did Theo's grandfather steal the original painting and paint over it with an egg to hide a secret? These are just some of the many questions that need answers in order for Theo to understand her grandfather even more than she had and discover even more about herself.