Me and Marvin Gardens

Me and Marvin Gardens

Book - 2017
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YA superstar A.S. King's first middle-grade novel is a boy-meets-animal story like no other!

Obe Devlin has problems. His family's farmland has been taken over by developers. His best friend Tommy abandoned him for the development kids. And he keeps getting nosebleeds, because of that thing he doesn't like to talk about. So Obe hangs out at the creek by his house, in the last wild patch left, picking up litter and looking for animal tracks. One day, he sees a creature that looks kind of like a large dog, or maybe a small boar. And as he watches it, he realizes it eats plastic. Only plastic. Water bottles, shopping bags... No one has ever seen a creature like this before, because there's never been a creature like this before. The animal-Marvin Gardens-soon becomes Obe's best friend and biggest secret. But to keep him safe from the developers and Tommy and his friends, Obe must make a decision that might change everything. In her most personal novel yet, Printz Honor Award winner Amy Sarig King tells the story of a friendship that could actually save the world.

Publisher: New York :, Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc.,, ©2017.
ISBN: 9780545870740
Branch Call Number: J KIN
Characteristics: 243 pages ; 22 cm

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AL_MARY Jun 01, 2017

While this is ostensibly a story of the discovery of a new animal (who eats plastic and poops toxic waste), it seemed to me to be more about change and how we react to it. Changing friendships, changing environments, and changing lives. I loved the writing and Obe's kind heart and determination. I hope this will win some awards.

AL_ALYX Apr 08, 2017

This book has gotten a lot of traction on the blogs. It was enjoyable, but I felt that it didn't quite live up to the buzz. Overall, Obe was an interesting character to follow and the storyline was compelling. I thought that the whole thing felt a little far-fetched, and despite being fantasy, didn't quite seem authentic. However, despite that, I think children will enjoy this one.

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