Me and Marvin Gardens
Me and Marvin Gardens

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Annotation: Obe Devlin spends a lot of his time cleaning up the creek that runs through what little is left of his family's once extensive farmland, and worrying about what the developers are doing nearby, and the pollution it is causing, but one day he finds a strange creature by his creek that eats plastic, and soon the animal he calls Marvin Gardens becomes his personal secret, which he believes needs to be protected from pretty much everybody.
Catalog Number: #137364
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Copyright Date: 2017
Edition Date: 2017
Pages: 243 p.
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-545-87074-7 Perma-Bound: 0-605-96780-6
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-545-87074-0 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-96780-9
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2016016817
Dimensions: 21 cm.
Language: English
Reviewing Agencies:
School Library Journal Starred Review (Thu Dec 01 00:00:00 CST 2016)
ALA Booklist (Tue Nov 01 00:00:00 CDT 2016)
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Horn Book (Tue Aug 01 00:00:00 CDT 2017)
Kirkus Reviews
Publishers Weekly
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Word Count: 52,335
Reading Level: 4.5
Interest Level: 3-6
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.5 / points: 8.0 / quiz: 187593 / grade: Middle Grades
Lexile: 670L

The first middle-grade novel from Printz Honor-winning author Amy Sarig (A. S.) King!

Washington Post Best Book of the Year A New York Public Library Best Book for Kids A Texas Bluebonnet Master List selection

Obe 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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