Me and Marvin Gardens

Me and Marvin Gardens

Book - 2017
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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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc., 2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780545870740
Characteristics: 243 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm


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Recommended for grades 4-7.

Chicago Public Library recommends this title as one of the best books published in 2017.

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IndyPL_MollieB May 03, 2019

While reading this story I imagined Marvin Gardens as my English Mastiff, Hank, eating everything in sight, noxious gases, slime, and all. It was not difficult to feel compassion for Marvin. Obe also reminded me of friends--saving animals, saving the planet, and doing good in the world.

Young environmentalists might enjoy this fictional story about saving the planet, one animal at a time.

ArapahoeMarcia Sep 26, 2018

A wonderful story about a boy exploring conservation, friendship, and a plastic-eating creature!

Mar 27, 2018

Nice story with an ecological bent - great add-on to an Earth Sciences unit at school.

ArapahoeMary 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.

ArapahoeStaff2 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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IndyPL_MollieB May 03, 2019

IndyPL_MollieB thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 15


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