Me and Marvin Gardens
by Amy Sarig King
Me and Marvin Gardens is about a boy named Obe living in Pennsylvania along a creek leading to a river. His family has lived on Devlin land (their land) for generations, but they have lost it year after year, mainly due to a relative with a drinking problem, who would have to sell it to cover his debts. Now, there are homes being build in phases, and Obe cleans the creek daily due to the trash left behind. One day, he discovers a new animal, and a curious trait of this new animal makes Obe imagine how it can impact their environment. In the meantime, Obe is suffering nosebleeds and is being bullied by a former friend. He is a thoughtful sixth grade boy with good intentions who needs someone to believe him.
What I liked about this book is it gives kids a great picture of how we impact our environment. The theme of bravery also reminds students that they can stand up for themselves and what they believe in, no matter the potential consequences.
What I didn’t like about this book was the way it dragged at parts. The voice was interesting, but I’m not sure how many of my students could relate.
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