Me and Marvin Gardens

Book review by Jan Carr, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 8+

Sensitive boy vs. subdivision, bullies in coming-of-age gem.

Parents say

age 8+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 9+

Based on 3 reviews

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age 8+

Great for a read aloud idea!

I am currently reading this out loud with my third grader. Though my kiddo is an avid reader on their own, I still read with them at night as routine. My child and I have thoroughly enjoyed this book. We are almost done with it, so not sure how it ends... but so far it has been very enjoyable & has important messages of varying topics. The topics are current, relevant, important, and create meaningful discussion with my kiddo. Everything from our environmental crisis, land usage, family dynamics, friendship, bullying, peer pressure, self confidence, appropriate/inappropriate interactions with others, "coming of age" related themes, responsible reporting, and just the sweet existence of Marvin Gardens.... I have enjoyed this book, so has my 8 year old, and they will be using it for their monthly book report. I recommend for educators to use as well. Many topics that could create for healthy class discussion (upper elementary to early middle school would probably be best). Read it!

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age 8+

Contemporary tale on urban sprawl and pollution

My 10yo son and I enjoyed reading this together. It had great messages about our planet, recycling, pollution and being outside. It also broached issues of bullying, being yourself and giving kids a powerful voice that they can do something. Was kinda slow toward the beginning, but we enjoyed reading it overall.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

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