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The Miniature World of Marvin and James

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The Miniature World of Marvin and James

Masterpiece Adventure Series, Book 2
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In this Masterpiece Adventure, the first in a companion series for younger readers from bestselling author Elise Broach, James is going on vacation for a week. His best friend, Marvin the beetle, has to stay at home. Without James to keep him company, Marvin has to play with his annoying cousin, Elaine. Marvin and Elaine quickly find themselves getting into all sorts of trouble—even getting trapped inside a pencil sharpener! Marvin misses James and starts to worry about their friendship. Will James still be Marvin's friend when he gets home or will James have found a new best friend?

A Christy Ottaviano Book

In this Masterpiece Adventure, the first in a companion series for younger readers from bestselling author Elise Broach, James is going on vacation for a week. His best friend, Marvin the beetle, has to stay at home. Without James to keep him company, Marvin has to play with his annoying cousin, Elaine. Marvin and Elaine quickly find themselves getting into all sorts of trouble—even getting trapped inside a pencil sharpener! Marvin misses James and starts to worry about their friendship. Will James still be Marvin's friend when he gets home or will James have found a new best friend?

A Christy Ottaviano Book

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About the Author-
  • Elise Broach is the New York Times bestselling author of Masterpiece, Shakespeare's Secret and Desert Crossing, Missing on Superstition Mountain, the first book in the Superstition Mountain Trilogy, as well as several picture books. Her books have been selected as ALA notable books, Junior Library Guild selections, a Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book, a New York Public Library Best Book for the Teenage, an IRA Teacher's Choice, an E.B. White Read Aloud Award, and nominated for an Edgar Award, among other distinctions. Ms. Broach holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in history from Yale University. She was born in Georgia and lives in the woods of rural Connecticut, walking distance from three farms, a library, a post office and two country stores.
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  • DOGO Books teddybear03 - Read the first book but, can't wait to read the next! :-D
  • Publisher's Weekly

    March 24, 2014
    Broach and Murphy bring back James and his beetle best friend, Marvin—previously seen in 2008's acclaimed Masterpiece—in this first book in the Masterpiece Adventures series of chapter books. Their cross-species friendship is just right for a younger crowd, and so are the insecurities and frustrations Marvin is feeling as James prepares to go on a trip to the beach without him (“Marvin does not want to help James pack. But at least it is something they can do together"). James leaves in the first chapter and doesn't return until the fifth and final one; while he's away, Marvin goes exploring with his cousin Elaine, a journey that takes a genuinely harrowing turn when they get stuck in Mr. Pompaday's mechanical pencil sharpener. Murphy's pen-and-ink illustrations shift from glee to horror as she shows the bug-eyed beetles cannonballing into the soft pit of pencil shavings, only to have their escape route plugged by a pencil. Despite the simplicity of Broach's pared-down sentences, the story brims with both emotion and moments of quiet wisdom. Ages 6–9.

  • Kirkus

    January 15, 2014
    The boy-and-beetle friendship first introduced in Broach's charming novel Masterpiece (2010) is now the cornerstone of an illustrated chapter-book series. James is a boy, and Marvin is a beetle, but with the help of Marvin's drawing skills, they find a way to communicate. James' mom worries that her son's best friend is an insect, but tiny Marvin has the opposite worry--that James will find human friends who supplant him. When James takes off on a beach vacation, Marvin frets even more, but he manages to have a few adventures of his own, like getting trapped inside Mr. Pompaday's electric pencil sharpener with his beetle cousin Elaine. At first it's entertaining to frolic among the shavings, but when an unanticipated pencil clogs the exit hole, there's big trouble. Murphy clearly revels in the Borrowers-style perspective of the beetles' miniature world: In their under-sink home, Marvin's drawing table is a die, and a propped-up birthday-cake candle dwarfs the family. The dramatic, blow-by-blow pencil-sharpener incident dominates the story, but it circles back to friendship. James really did miss Marvin after all, and a souvenir seashell (the perfect beetle hideout!) seals the deal. This winsome series debut is both a sweet story of cross-species friendship and a sobering new way to look at pencil sharpeners. (Fantasy. 6-8)

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  • School Library Journal

    June 1, 2014

    Gr 1-4-In a companion to the acclaimed Masterpiece (Holt, 2008), best friends James (a boy) and Marvin (a beetle) are separated for a week while James goes on vacation. Marvin has to make do with his irritating cousin, Elaine. Their hijinks are highlighted in this charming and humorous chapter book series opener about friendship and adventure.

    Copyright 2014 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • The Horn Book

    "Page-turning adventure."

  • Kirkus Reviews

    "This winsome series debut is both a sweet story of cross-species friendship and a sobering new way to look at pencil sharpeners."

  • Publishers Weekly

    A New York Times Bestselling Book

    American Library Association Notable Children's Books, ABC E.B. White Read Aloud Award, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, CCBC Choice, Capitol Choices...

    Awards and praise for Masterpiece:

    ""Inventive . . . Broach . . . packs this fast-moving story with perennially seductive themes: hidden lives and secret friendships, miniature worlds lost to disbelievers . . . Broach and Kelly show readers something new."―Publishers Weekly starred review

    "Delightful intricacies of beetle life . . . blend seamlessly with the suspenseful caper as well as the sentimental story of a complicated-but-rewarding friendship . . . Murphy's charming pen-and-ink drawings populate the short chapters of this funny, winsome novel."―Kirkus Reviews

    "This marvelous story is sure to be a hit."―School Library Journal

    "Despite the simplicity of Broach's pared-down sentences, the story brims with both emotion and moments of quiet wisdom."

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