Me and Marvin Gardens

Me and Marvin Gardens

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The first middle-grade novel from YA superstar Amy Sarig (A. S.) King is a boy-meets-animal story like no other.

The first middle-grade novel from Printz Honor-winning author Amy Sarig (A. S.) King!Washington Post Best Book of the YearA New York Public Library Best Book for KidsA Texas Bluebonnet Master List selectionObe Devlin has problems. His family's farmland has been taken over by developers. His best friend Tommy has abandoned him. And he keeps getting nosebleeds, because of that thing he doesn't like to talk about. So Obe hangs out at the nearby creek, in the last wild patch left, picking up trash and looking for animal tracks.One day, he sees a creature that looks kind of like a large dog. And as he watches it, he realizes it eats plastic. Only plastic. Water bottles, shopping bags... No one has seen a creature like this before. The animal--Marvin Gardens--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.
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Product details

  • 0-5
  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 147 x 211 x 30mm | 340g
  • English
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0545870747
  • 9780545870740
  • 801,796

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The track was part hoof and part paw. It was part dog and part pig. It made no sense, this track. I looked for others and when there were no others, I figured someone must have been playing a joke on me.



CREWAHARKKKLTKELTH!



The noise made the hair on my arms and legs stand straight up. I thought it was Tommy and his friends because I didn't believe stories about ghosts -- not even the one about spirits who were angry at the developers for growing houses instead of crops. But it wasn't Tommy.



The animal was five feet from me, half in the creek, half on the bank.



It was definitely not a dog.
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Review quote

Praise for Me and Marvin Gardens: A Spring 2017 Kid's Indie Next List selectionA Washington Post Best Book of the YearA New York Public Library Best Book for KidsA Chicago Public Library Best Book of the YearA Texas Bluebonnet Master List selectionA provocative exploration of human action and interaction on both local and global levels, as well as the interplay between past, present, and future, King's novel will leave readers pondering how we treat each other and the planet. -- Publishers Weekly, starred reviewA smart, environmentally conscious underdog story with a lot of heart.... The characters are rewardingly complex. Through Obe, King asks the Big Questions alongside the smaller, more personal ones in a way that will likely have readers doing the same. -- The Horn Book Magazine, starred reviewA coming-of-age novel with a fully developed and authentic protagonist. An emotionally rich read for a wide audience, especially those interested in keeping the planet alive and well for future generations. -- School Library Journal, starred reviewMystical, fablelike... just right for a sensitive sixth-grader with a growing self- and world awareness trying to navigate the troubled waters of uncertain friendships and demeaning bullying. A finely wrought, magical coming-of-age tale with a convincing message. -- Kirkus ReviewsThis is acclaimed YA author King's first foray into middle-grade territory, and it's no surprise that she adeptly handles issues like bullying, compromised friendship, complex family dynamics, and the tedium of homework... Drawing upon the tradition of Carl Hiaasen's Hoot (2002), this eco-focused story will tug at readers' consciences and heartstrings. -- Booklist
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About Amy Sarig King

Amy Sarig King is the author of Me and Marvin Gardens, a Washington Post Best Book of the Year. She has also published many critically acclaimed young adult novels under the name A. S. King, including Please Ignore Vera Dietz, which was named a Michael L. Printz Honor Book, and Ask the Passengers, which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. After many years farming abroad, she now lives back in southeastern Pennsylvania, with her family. Visit her website at www.as-king.com and follow her on Twitter at @AS_King.
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2,052 ratings
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4 41% (841)
3 26% (535)
2 5% (95)
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