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Monday, October 15, 2018

Me and Marvin Gardens by Amy Sarig King

Me and Marvin GardensYou’re walking along a creek, picking up trash that has washed up onto the bank that other people have thoughtlessly thrown into the water. Suddenly, you see an animal like no other you’ve ever seen, not even in a book.

Me and Marvin Gardens by Amy Sarig King.

Life hasn’t exactly been going well for Obe. His former best friend is now bullying him, he suffers from chronic nosebleeds, his parents are becoming more and more unreasonable, the beautiful fields around his once rural home are being developed into new neighborhoods, and he’s not doing well in math class.On top of all this, he’s learning stories about his family history that his mom seems to be ashamed of.

Then he meets the creature, who he names Marvin Gardens. (You’ll have to read the story to find out why he chose such an unusual name.) Marvin Gardens is a mystery to Obe. He has a very peculiar diet, and very stinky poop, but most of all he seems to be a brand new never-before-seen species.

Obe spends much of the book thinking about what to do about his discovery. He knows that Marvin Gardens could be a very important part of cleaning up the environment, and his discovery could change the world, but he’s scared for Marvin’s safely. In the end he makes a very important decision.

Although the characters in the book are in 6th grade, Me and Marvin Gardens is a book that children from 4 to 6th grade will enjoy.

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