Me and Marvin Gardens by A.S. King
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A.S. King's first middle grade attempt has many of the hallmarks of her young adult books: the main character is something of a loner (here, he's lost his bff and is being bullied) and there's something unusual/magical (Marvin Gardens, a plastic-eating creature of some sort). While it's never clear what Marvin is, the message of pollution and environmental change is clear, though not in a "hitting you over the head until it hurts" way. It was also interesting to see how closely Obe identifies with the Devlin property and the heritage it implies; in our ever-building modern age, that sort of rootedness is missing and readers may begin to think about this more.