6 Jun 2018

#BlogTour: THE FRAME-UP by Wendy McLeod MacKnight // #Interview

Hello and welcome to my blog tour post for

THE FRAME-UP by Wendy McLeod MacKnight!

I have an interview for you today and I am super excited to share it with you! You get to learn so much more about Wendy and the book, so keep scrolling. But first, let's learn more about THE FRAME-UP!


Author: Wendy McLeod MacKnight
Series: N/A
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Publication Date: June 5, 2018

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.

Describe THE FRAME-UP in 10 words or less.

Wendy McLeod MacKnight: An artistic boy discovers that all original artwork is alive. (Phew that was hard!)

Which character would you most like to be friends with?

Wendy McLeod MacKnight: I think Mona Dunn. She is so curious and is always up for an adventure. I think it would be amazing to step into the paintings at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery with her! Plus, she’s been thirteen year’s old for over one hundred years; imagine the things she has seen from her vantage point on the wall?

What's your favourite thing about being an author?

Wendy McLeod MacKnight: I love meeting and talking to kids about writing and reading!  They are so smart and creative and they always teach me something.

Do you have a favourite line to tease us with?

Wendy McLeod MacKnight: I’ll give you a paragraph:

“Sargent balled his hands into fists and took a deep breath. Of course he knew Mona was priceless, and not in the stupid money way everyone else thought made her valuable. Still, he couldn’t afford to be on Sneely’s bad side while Mona was stuck there.”

Who from the characters would you most like to hang out with for a day, and what would you do?

Wendy McLeod MacKnight: Hmmm. I think I would actually hang out with Lord Beaverbrook. He’s a wily character in the book, and was a wily character in real life. He and I would visit every painting he arranged to have added to the Beaverbrook’s collection and tell me the real story of how he acquired them all. Plus, he could tell me everything about every one of the residents!
Wendy McLeod MacKnight grew up in a small town with a library card as her most prized possession. She wrote her first novel at age nine. Her debut middle grade novel, It’s a Mystery, Pig Face! was published by Sky Pony Press in 2017. Her second book, The Frame-Up, a fantasy that asks “What if every original piece of art is actually alive?” sold at auction to Greenwillow Books in a two-book deal and will be published June 5th, 2018.  

You can follow wendy on twitter @wendymacknight or Instagram @wendymcleodmacknight
Visit her website at Wendymcleodmacknight.com.

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