Me and marvin gardens [electronic resource]. Amy Sarig King.

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      Summary: The first middle-grade novel from Printz Honor-winning author Amy Sarig King is a boy-meets-animal story like no other, and has earned three starred reviews!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 home, 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, because there's never been 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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      Narrator: Kirby Heyborne.
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      9780525638148 (sound recording)
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      KING, A. S.; HEYBORNE, K. Me and marvin gardens. [electronic resource]. Unabridged. [s. l.]: Listening Library (Audio), 2018. ISBN 9780525638148. Disponível em: Acesso em: 14 ago. 2020.
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      King AS, Heyborne K. Me and Marvin Gardens. [Electronic Resource]. Unabridged. Listening Library (Audio); 2018. Accessed August 14, 2020.
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      King, A. S., & Heyborne, K. (2018). Me and marvin gardens. [electronic resource] (Unabridged.). Listening Library (Audio).
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      King, Amy Sarig, and Kirby Heyborne. 2018. Me and Marvin Gardens. [Electronic Resource]. Unabridged. Listening Library (Audio).
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      King, A. S. and Heyborne, K. (2018) Me and marvin gardens. [electronic resource]. Unabridged. Listening Library (Audio). Available at: (Accessed: 14 August 2020).
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      King, AS & Heyborne, K 2018, Me and marvin gardens. [electronic resource], Unabridged., Listening Library (Audio), viewed 14 August 2020, .
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      King, Amy Sarig, and Kirby Heyborne. Me and Marvin Gardens. [Electronic Resource]. Unabridged., Listening Library (Audio), 2018. EBSCOhost,
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      King, Amy Sarig, and Kirby Heyborne. Me and Marvin Gardens. [Electronic Resource]. Unabridged. Listening Library (Audio), 2018.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      King AS, Heyborne K. Me and marvin gardens. [electronic resource] [Internet]. Unabridged. Listening Library (Audio); 2018 [cited 2020 Aug 14]. Available from:


Booklist Reviews 2016 November #1

Sixth-grader Obe Devlin doesn't run with the popular crowd. He's more concerned with keeping his creek clean, finding rocks for busmate Annie Bell's collection, and not having nosebleeds all over his clothes—a consequence of said unpopularity. Housing developments are rapidly, and upsettingly, encroaching on the acres of land that once belonged to the Devlin family, and Obe's one friend chooses to hang with the new kids. On a routine creek visit, Obe discovers a capybaralike animal that only eats plastic, which he names Marvin Gardens. Obe keeps Marvin a secret until neighborhood vandals threaten the creature's safety, prompting Obe to tap into his Devlin fierceness and take a stand. This is acclaimed YA author King's first foray into middle-grade territory, and it's no surprise that she adeptly handles issues like bullying, compromised friendship, complex family dynamics, and the tedium of homework. Obe's connection to the land courses through the book and is firmly rooted in Devlin family history. Drawing upon the tradition of Carl Hiaasen's Hoot (2002), this eco-focused story will tug at readers' consciences and heartstrings. Copyright 2016 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2017 Fall

Sixth grader Obe lives at the edge of a massive housing development being built on land that once belonged to his mother's family. One day he spies a strange creature whose favorite food is plastic and whose scat is toxic. A. S. King's middle-grade debut is a smart, environmentally conscious underdog story with a little sci-fi and a lot of heart. Copyright 2017 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2017 #1

The middle-grade debut of YA novelist A.S. King (Still Life with Tornado, rev. 9/16) was bound to be a little weird--and it is. It's also a smart, environmentally conscious underdog story with a lot of heart and a little sci-fi. Sixth-grader Obe lives with his parents and older sister at the edge of a massive housing development being built on land that once belonged to his mother's family, the Devlins. Obe is an outcast at school, nicknamed "the hippie" and bullied by his former best friend Tommy's new crew. While picking up trash from Devlin Creek, Obe spies a strange creature: "It was definitely not a dog. It was definitely not any animal I ever read about…What was this thing?" Obe soon befriends the "animal/ creature/monster/thing" and names it Marvin Gardens. Marvin's favorite food is plastic, and its scat is toxic. When Tommy's gang gets wind of the creature, Obe realizes it's up to him to protect Marvin. Interspersed chapters flash back a century to the story of Obe's great-grandparents (his great-grandfather "drank 175 acres of Devlin land"), helping contextualize events. To a person (and a creature), the characters are rewardingly complex. Through Obe, King asks the Big Questions ("One hundred years from now…would people live a different way--a way that helped the planet?") alongside the smaller, more personal ones (can Tommy be trusted?) in a way that will likely have readers doing the same. elissa gershowitz Copyright 2016 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

PW Reviews 2016 October #4

Obe Devlin, 11, lost his only friend when new kids moved into subdivisions named for the things their homes displaced—Pheasant's Nest, Oak Trail, the Orchards—on farmland that once belonged to his family. A perceptive narrator, Obe finds solace at the creek that runs through the slice of property his parents still own, which is where he first spots a strange animal whose most notable feature is his diet: plastic litter. Obe, whose father employs a win-at-all-costs strategy during family Monopoly games, names the critter Marvin Gardens but keeps him a secret—which turns out to be an especially wise move once he realizes that the animal produces highly noxious (and possibly toxic) scat. King (Still Life with Tornado) leavens a story replete with brutal environmental facts with a magical friendship between a boy and his "pretty gross pet." A provocative exploration of human action and interaction on both local and global levels, as well as the interplay between past, present, and future, King's novel will leave readers pondering how we treat each other and the planet. Ages 8–12. Agent: Michael Bourret, Dystel, Goderich & Bourret. (Jan.) Copyright 2016 Publishers Weekly.