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A S King never disappoints me. I love everything that A.S King here writing as Amy Sarig King has written, and this book is no exception I fell in love with both Obe and Marvin Gardens I really related to Obe as he reminded me so much of myself at that age, and a little of me as an adult As a kid I was forever bringing home stray dogs and cats, or a baby bird that fell out of the nest I would have filled my whole house and yard with them if possible Obe did everything he could to protect and save Marvin Gardens, and k I love everything that A.S King here writing as Amy Sarig King has written, and this book is no exception I fell in love with both Obe and Marvin Gardens I really related to Obe as he reminded me so much of myself at that age, and a little of me as an adult As a kid I was forever bringing home stray dogs and cats, or a baby bird that fell out of the nest I would have filled my whole house and yard with them if possible Obe did everything he could to protect and save Marvin Gardens, and keep him from those who would choose to harm him He definitely found a place in my heart with his actions And all his efforts at recycling and picking up all the trash that was constantly left by the river Well, that s adult me I pretty much live by the slogan Reduce Reuse Recycle I really did adore this kid I wonder what will happen to Marvin and his recently discovered mate and children, now that Obe has found people who will protect them and keep them safe Will Obe ever see them again Obe was happy because of the time, as short as it was, that he got to spend with Marvin, and the knowledge that Dr Keri was going to follow Marvin and his family as they led their nomadic life on the river She would follow Marvin and write about him, keeping him safe along the way It was the perfect ending really One hundred years from now, how many people would come to this part of the river and know that an entire species was discovered right here One hundred years from now, how many other plastic eating species would there be Would everyone recycle Would people live a different way a way that helped the planet Would someone invent a way to clean the air and the water and the soil A lot can happen in one hundred years Maybe if everyone realized that we could change the world, we d learn to live differently A renowned YA author s middle grades debut that reminds us to cherish our environment, our history, and consider our impact for future generations Expect this book to pop up again in Newbery 2018 discussions If you know this author s YA titles written as A.S King , you ll immediately identify the qualities that are central to most of her books we have a protagonist who is dealing with social ostracism in peer group and at home we have parents who are a little evil we have a absurdist con A renowned YA author s middle grades debut that reminds us to cherish our environment, our history, and consider our impact for future generations Expect this book to pop up again in Newbery 2018 discussions If you know this author s YA titles written as A.S King , you ll immediately identify the qualities that are central to most of her books we have a protagonist who is dealing with social ostracism in peer group and at home we have parents who are a little evil we have a absurdist concept that lands in this otherwise realistic narrative like a spaceship landing in the middle of a cornfield.Sixth grader Obe Devlin is watching his family s ancestral land turn into housing developments He can t roam freely anyand it s cramping his style Meanwhile, former friend Tommy has turned against him, has made other friends at school, and now calls Obe a hippie for Obe s creek wading, trash collecting habits.One day Obe comes across a strange dog like, pig like creature who eats plastic and is responsive to Obe s entreaties, whom he names Marvin Gardens Obe and this creature develop a friendship, a friendship that s imperiled when Obe realizes that Marvin s scat carries some of the same qualities as toxic waste.There s a lot to love here King s style is fresh, wry, and rebellious Middle grades can be a lotcomplacent as a genre than YA, and King clearly wants to take your typical boy and dog narrative and toss that on its head Good Middle grades needs this churning.There are also a lot of lovely connections to make to the world around us Some of them are overt and totally the stuff of middle grades standard fare, like the school s daily pollution facts during Earth month and the heroic science teacher Ms G Middle grades wouldn t be middle grades if we didn t have teacher heroes Others aresubtle and lend themselves to closer examination like a YA title, like the extended connection to Monopoly every chapter begins with an illustration of one of the game s character pieces and Obe s development Obe s defensive strategy to Monopoly parallels his defensive strategy to protecting his neighborhood from increasing sprawl.Let me be clear for a moment that Obe is not some sort of didactic pseudo hero who serves as a vehicle for lessons about the environment King is too good for that Instead, he s just a kid who sees himself in the world He thinks about how the Susquehanna eventually leads out to the Atlantic Ocean He and his friend go hunting for rocks and she tells him how old the rocks are Here is a character who seems, if anything, spiritually connected to where he is in place and time, and part of his interest in the environment stems from thisfundamental interest in where he is.There were a few plot points that dangled here a little too much without deep resolution and a few things about this book that I ll want to explore in future writing and blogging I received an ARC and my review is based on an uncorrected copy 2.5 starsI have to admit, I m a bit disappointed with King s debut middle grade novel King is one of my favorite YA authors so I was curious to see the similarities differences the new genre would bring to her writing King is well known for the lovely magical realism she gives to each of her books MARVIN GARDENS is no exception Yes, it s not realistic that Obe discovers a new animal species that eats plastic has burning orange scat But here is where the aspect lies it s not supposed t 2.5 starsI have to admit, I m a bit disappointed with King s debut middle grade novel King is one of my favorite YA authors so I was curious to see the similarities differences the new genre would bring to her writing King is well known for the lovely magical realism she gives to each of her books MARVIN GARDENS is no exception Yes, it s not realistic that Obe discovers a new animal species that eats plastic has burning orange scat But here is where the aspect lies it s not supposed to be realistic It s supposed to be a small pebble in the grand scheme of the book s theme This is where I had a bit of a problem MARVIN GARDENS has an agenda it is filled with environmental facts makes sure the reader is very aware of the impact humans make for our home This isn t necessarily a bad thing it s crucial for people to know this, especially young readers, but these facts are listed multiple times, not for any particular reason other than shoving it in the reader s face as if we could forget Well But then you would think after reading all of these things, seeing how much it affects Obe, thatwould be done other than him picking up trash by the creek knowing how important it is to recycle Basically I just feel the message gets destroyed by not following through e.g hosting a school drive , but that s just a personal qualm.There are other important themes here such as sibling relationships, parent child relationships, teacher student relationships, bullying, etc But I think so much time was spent on the other stuff that none of these things really got to play out, except for perhaps the relationship between Obe Annie Annie was such a sweet character, I was really glad that they had each other I do want to mention the brief toxic masculinity that is discussed here Obe s father a complete idiot in my eyes tells Obe that he needs to man up aka cannot be brave, daring or fierce Obe internally challenges these beliefs decides that he can, indeed, be all of these things It s overshadowed by Marvin s arc but the spark is there it s so important While the writing story is compelling as all other King s works are , there isn t much happening Flashbacks are used, but they still didn t add much to be gained The majority of the book is slow then rushes to tie everything together including telling Obe s future I admire the book s willingness to start a conversation of the very real alarming impact we are making today how that will affect future generations, but overall this was a miss for me Naturally, I look forward to reading King s next book This book was pretty good overall and I enjoyed reading it In the beginning, I was not really enjoy this book but towards the end I could not stop reading Me and Marvin Gardens has a pretty cool idea throughout the book that was cool to see as the story played out Overall, This book was very good and I would recommend it to most people. Enjoyable odd little book about a sixth grader, concerned with the planet and all the litter that accumulates in his family s creek, who finds a strange animal that eats plastic Could this be the solution to the world s landfill problems But who to tell, and what will happen to the animal Added to that, our young protagonist has a strained situation with former friends, a mean math teacher, and his own family, plus the stress of watching what was his family s land get sold off for a cheap new Enjoyable odd little book about a sixth grader, concerned with the planet and all the litter that accumulates in his family s creek, who finds a strange animal that eats plastic Could this be the solution to the world s landfill problems But who to tell, and what will happen to the animal Added to that, our young protagonist has a strained situation with former friends, a mean math teacher, and his own family, plus the stress of watching what was his family s land get sold off for a cheap new housing development.I liked this, it was quirky and fun, but also stressful At times it got a little too stressful It worried me, as a mom, that this young boy was being bullied, was dealing with some heavy duty stuff, and he really couldn t go to his parents because they were so caught up in their own drama The dad, in particular, was just a jackass He wasn t abusive or anything, just a big jerk, so his children couldn t confide in him, and that bothered me There was a lot going on here, and while it wasn t all wrapped up in a neat little fairy tale bow though the ending was satisfactory I do think some of the threads resolved too quickly But I did love even though they were awful the pollution and climate change facts, and the concern for the environment That was nicely done, in a way that I think will engage kids This was a good book it addresses many aspects of life like friendships, loneliness, and new beginnings I liked how Obe didn t obsess over Tommy and how he found a new friend I like how his family becomes united towards the end Overall, it was a very good book. One hundred year ago, 11 year old Obe Devlin s great grandfather drank his 170 acres of land away, leaving his wife and children with only one small house to live in There is also a small creek running by the house, the Devlin Creek But now the Devlins are surrounded by three housing developments on what used to be their land before it was used to by booze.Obe has made it his business to keep the creek free of garbage that people are always tossing into it And he has lots of time to do that, One hundred year ago, 11 year old Obe Devlin s great grandfather drank his 170 acres of land away, leaving his wife and children with only one small house to live in There is also a small creek running by the house, the Devlin Creek But now the Devlins are surrounded by three housing developments on what used to be their land before it was used to by booze.Obe has made it his business to keep the creek free of garbage that people are always tossing into it And he has lots of time to do that, now that his former best friend Tommy has turned on him and started hanging out with the cool kids who sit in the back of the school bus, making fun of Obe and his bus friend Annie Bell, nicknamed Putrid Annie by the back seat boys Tommy had also sucker punched Obe in a fight over hanging out territory and now Obe suffers from constant nosebleeds.One day, while he is out picking up trash, Obe comes across an animal unlike any he has ever seen before not quite dog, not quite pig, with part hoof, part toed , and skin like algae, but strangest of all, it is an animal who eats plastic The two soon bond and Obe names the animal Marvin Gardens Could Marvin be the answer to the problems of so much plastic flooding the environment Maybe not, though the two develop a warm and cozy relationship, the first thing Obe notices is that Marvin Gardens scat poop has a terrible odor and is often the bright colors of the plastic he eats Obe keeps Marvin s existence to himself, afraid of what might happen to him if people find out, especially Tommy and his new friends.Then, when Marvin begins pooping where yet another new housing development is being built, the developers want to get to the bottom of what it is, and Obe realizes something isn t right about the scat It appears to be toxic, eating through and ruining the ground around it, as well as melting sneakers, if stepped in, and deck floors, if walked on in scat covered sneakers.When Obe finds Marvin Gardens has been wounded by a paintball, he knows it is time to get help, and he knows just the person he can safely turn to.Me and Marvin Gardens is told entirely from Obe s point of view He is a sweet, genial, 11 year old, concernedwith the environment than his is with his math homework He s having a hard time reconciling himself to the three housing developments that surround his house, built on fields he used to play on with his then best friend Tommy He s loyal friend to both Annie and Marvin, cares keeping about the environment, and has never even squealed on Tommy about the nosebleeds, even after Tommy accuses him melting sneakers and decks Besides the environment, King has managed to get themes of community, friendship, bullying, responsibility, and the inevitability of change in this charming coming of age novel without sounding preachy or didactic or boring But King also doesn t give the reader any easy answers about these things Yes, she looks at how constant development and toxic waste are encroaching on the natural world, but she leaves it up to the reader to think about what they can do about it A word about the game Monopoly Monopoly plays a real part in Me and Marvin Gardens Each chapter begins with an illustration of one of the original playings pieces shoe, hat, dog, etc It is a game about real estate, about buying properties and developing them with houses and hotels, about some players going bankrupt when they land on a developed property and the high rent that can t be paid while others become fat cats collecting those high rents thedeveloped the property is, the higher the rent.Obe s father is addicted to Monopoly and loves to play monopoly a few times a week with Obe and his older sister Bernadette Dad is a ruthlessly ambitious player, buying, building and bankrupting Obe and Bernadette each time they play Obe, on the other hand, prefers to hoard what properties he does buy, keeping them just as they are and never building on them What is left of Devlin property is Obe s personal Monopoly property, Real life is played out on the game board and the game board plays out real life Obe s naming a plastic eating animal Marvin Gardens, which is the least expensive Monopoly property seems only natural.This book is recommended for readers age 9 This book was borrowed from a friend.This review was originally posted at Randomly Reading (E-PUB) Ó Me and Marvin Gardens õ 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 tracksOne 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 everythingIn her most personal novel yet, Printz Honor Award winner Amy Sarig King tells the story of a friendship that could actually save the world Oh, I loved this book I think it would make a great read aloud, and I m glad I was reading it on Earth Day and finished it the day after How perfect Obe is so tender hearted, and his discovery and care of a new kind of animal, one who eats plastic, made me so nervous for the both of them all through the story I loved Obe and Marvin Gardens so much I didn t want anything to happen to them Thank God for Annie and Ms G Stories like this make me want to be a better person Wonderful Als Oh, I loved this book I think it would make a great read aloud, and I m glad I was reading it on Earth Day and finished it the day after How perfect Obe is so tender hearted, and his discovery and care of a new kind of animal, one who eats plastic, made me so nervous for the both of them all through the story I loved Obe and Marvin Gardens so much I didn t want anything to happen to them Thank God for Annie and Ms G Stories like this make me want to be a better person Wonderful Also a few other observations I loved the way King handled the kissing incident with Annie It was a perfect middle grade appropriate way to bring up issues about disrespect and sexual harrassment and how it can sometimes be disregarded and in this book, some of the disregard was from adults even women I loved how Obe wanted it addressed I also saw connections in this book with Peter Brown s The Wild Robot This is our April staff book club book, and I can t wait to talk about it I hope A.S King writesMiddle Grade books She gave the keynote at this year s OCTELA conference in February and received a standing ovation she was funny, honest, direct, and inspiring