DaVinci's Cat

Da Vinci’s Cat by Catherine Gilbert Murdock is a richly imagined novel that travels between Renaissance Italy and present-day New Jersey as two clever children try to solve an art mystery. In 16th century Rome, Federico is an 11-year-old political prisoner of the Pope and witness to the artistic rivalry between Raphael and Michelangelo. In the 21st century, lonely child Bee reluctantly moves to New Jersey, where a neighbor discovers a beautiful sketch that looks eerily like Bee. This artwork, along with a magical cabinet and time-traveling cat, will link Federico and Bee together as they slip through time. The relationship between these two mismatched friends has genuine humor and warmth and fantastical elements of the story are compelling and wonderful. (Chapter Books)