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Behind The Canvas



There is a world behind the canvas. Past the flat facade and the crackling paint is a realm where art lives, breathes, creates, and destroys.

Claudia Miravista loves art but sees only what is on the surface—until the Dutch boy Pim appears in the painting in her room. Pim has been trapped in the world behind the canvas for centuries by a power-hungry witch, and he now believes that Claudia is his only hope for escape. Fueled by the help of an ancient artist and some microwaveable magic, Claudia enters the wondrous and terrifying world behind the canvas, intent on destroying the witch's most cherished possession and setting her new friend free. But in that world, nothing is quite as it appears on the surface. Not even friendship.

On Sale February 23, 2016

Plenty of vivid, painterly action scenes carry the day.

— Kirkus

Themes of trust and loyalty figure prominently in this story, which explores what it means to be a true friend.

— Booklist

Aiming to do for art history what Rick Riordan’s “Percy Jackson” series has done for Greek mythology...

— School Library Journal

Images and Excerpts from Dr. Buckhardt's Art History for the Enthusiast and the Ignorant


One of the things that Claudia Miravista always carries with her in Behind the Canvas is her trusty art encyclopedia. In the real world, it's a helpful tool for an aspiring artist. In the world behind the canvas, however, her encyclopedia becomes and indispensable ally in understanding the people, creatures, and landscapes she has to contend with. Take a sneak peek at some of the hysterical contents of this fictional book.

About the Author

Alexander Vance works as a film and video editor. He lives in Upstate New York with his family. You can learn more about him at his website

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