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Coming Up for Air

Coming Up for Air Miranda Kenneally Sourcebooks Fire, 2017 Source: E-Galley, Library Audience: Older Teens
From Goodreads: All of Maggie’s focus and free time is spent swimming. She’s not only striving to earn scholarships—she’s training to qualify for the Olympics. It helps that her best friend, Levi, is also on the team and cheers her on. But Levi’s already earned an Olympic tryout, so Maggie feels even more pressure to succeed. And it’s not until Maggie’s away on a college visit that she realizes how much of the “typical” high school experience she’s missed by being in the pool.

Not one to shy away from a challenge, Maggie decides to squeeze the most out of her senior year. First up? Making out with a guy. And Levi could be the perfect candidate. After all, they already spend a lot of time together. But as Maggie slowly starts to uncover new feelings for Levi, how much is she willing to sacrifice in the water to win at love?

Whew! Coming Up for Air = Forever by Judy Blume + the Summ…

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway Jeff Kinney Harry N. Abrams, 2017 Source: Library Audience: Children, Younger Teens
From Goodreads: Greg Heffley and his family are getting out of town.

With the cold weather and the stress of the approaching holiday season, the Heffleys decide to escape to a tropical island resort for some much-needed rest and relaxation. A few days in paradise should do wonders for Greg and his frazzled family.

But the Heffleys soon discover that paradise isn't everything it's cracked up to be. Sun poisoning, stomach troubles, and venomous critters all threaten to ruin the family's vacation. Can their trip be saved, or will this island getaway end in disaster?

The Getaway was one of my favorite Diary of a Wimpy Kid books - the best since Dog Days! I loved it. While I have never been to a resort, I have been on a family vacation. Kinney depicted the experience perfectly and hilariously. Some of the experiences were highly unlikely to happen in real life, whi…

My Friend Dahmer

My Friend Dahmer Derf Backderf Abrams Books, 2012 Source: Library Audience: Older Teens, Adults
From Goodreads: You only think you know this story. In 1991, Jeffrey Dahmer — the most notorious serial killer since Jack the Ripper — seared himself into the American consciousness. To the public, Dahmer was a monster who committed unthinkable atrocities. To Derf Backderf, “Jeff” was a much more complex figure: a high school friend with whom he had shared classrooms, hallways, and car rides.

In My Friend Dahmer, a haunting and original graphic novel, writer-artist Backderf creates a surprisingly sympathetic portrait of a disturbed young man struggling against the morbid urges emanating from the deep recesses of his psyche — a shy kid, a teenage alcoholic, and a goofball who never quite fit in with his classmates. With profound insight, what emerges is a Jeffrey Dahmer that few ever really knew, and one readers will never forget.

I can’t imagine living life so close to a serial killer. This …

Did Not Finish

AfarLeila del Duca Image Comics, 2017 Source: Library Audience: All Teens
From Goodreads: Boetema suddenly develops the ability to astrally project to other worlds, unintentionally possessing the bodies of people light years away. 

Inotu, her inquisitive brother with a penchant for trouble, finds himself on the run after he’s caught eavesdropping on an illegal business deal between small town business tycoons and their cyborg bodyguard. When Boetema accidentally gets someone hurt while in another girl’s body, the siblings are forced to work together to solve the problems they’ve created on their planet and others.

This book had amazing art and a captivating story. It just wasn’t my style, though, and I quit reading it (and all of my DNF’s get 1 star, unfortunately.) I think other people will absolutely LOVE it, though.

The Backstagers, Vol. 1 James Tynion IV BOOM! Box, 2017 Source: Library Audience: All Teens
From Goodreads: When Jory transfers to an all-boys private high school, he's…

Rose and the Magician’s Mask

Rose and the Magician’s Mask
Holly Webb
Hodder and Stoughton, 2013
Source: Library, E-Galley
Audience: Children

From Goodreads:
A precious mask of unimaginable power has been stolen from the royal palace. Rose suspects that dark magicians are at work – and that danger looms...

The race to stop the evil thieves will take Rose to the mysterious city of Venice, where nothing is quite what it seems... Can Rose use her magic to find the terrible mask, before its true powers are revealed?

Well, it’s been longer than I thought since I read the first Rose book. I remembered very little. However, Rose and the Magician’s Mask was well-written and creative. It reminded me a bit of Lord of the Rings. My favorite character was definitely Gus. Holly Webb is a great author!

Lighter Than My Shadow

Lighter Than My Shadow
Katie Green
Jonathan Cape, 2017
Source: E-Galley, Library
Audience: Older Teens, Adults

From Goodreads:
Like most kids, Katie was a picky eater. She'd sit at the table in silent protest, hide uneaten toast in her bedroom, listen to parental threats that she'd have to eat it for breakfast.

But in any life a set of circumstance can collide, and normal behavior might soon shade into something sinister, something deadly.

Lighter Than My Shadow is a hand-drawn story of struggle and recovery, a trip into the black heart of a taboo illness, an exposure of those who are so weak as to prey on the vulnerable, and an inspiration to anybody who believes in the human power to endure towards happiness.

The best thing about Lighter Than My Shadow is the author’s use of color. It was so powerful and important to the story. It was a big book, which made it difficult to hold and read sometimes, but every pane in the story was so important. I appreciated that Green shared her…

Orphan Black: Helsinki

Orphan Black: Helsinki
Graeme Manson
IDW Publishing, 2016
Source: Library, E-Galley
Audience: Older Teens, Adults

From Goodreads:
Spoken in hushed tones, the word means almost certain death for the clones of Project Leda. Learn the dark secrets of this codename in this special event miniseries by co-creators John Fawcett and Graeme Manson.

I am so glad that we have graphic novels related to Orphan Black! I enjoyed reading Helsinki, but I need to go back and rewatch everything. The artwork depicted the world and the characters well, and in general, I liked it. Reading the book definitely isn’t the same as watching the show, but it’s fun. I think I’ll come back and reread this after I have rewatched Orphan Black.

I Survived the American Revolution, 1776

I Survived: The American Revolution, 1776
Lauren Tarshis
Scholastic, 2017
Source: Library
Audience: Children

From Goodreads:
British soldiers were everywhere. There was no escape.

Nathaniel Fox never imagined he'd find himself in the middle of a blood-soaked battlefield, fighting for his life. He was only eleven years old! He'd barely paid attention to the troubles between America and England. How could he, while being worked to the bone by his cruel uncle, Uriah Storch?

But when his uncle's rage forces him to flee the only home he knows, Nate is suddenly propelled toward a thrilling and dangerous journey into the heart of the Revolutionary War. He finds himself in New York City on the brink of what will be the biggest battle yet.

I Survived: The American Revolution, 1776 was fantastic! Usually, the Revolutionary War bores me. I don’t know why. I like history so much, but it just isn’t my favorite time period. Tarshis definitely didn’t make this book boring! As always, she in…

All’s Faire in Middle School

All’s Faire in Middle School Victoria Jamieson Dial Books, 2017 Source: Library Audience: Children, Younger Teens
From Goodreads: Eleven-year-old Imogene (Impy) has grown up with two parents working at the Renaissance Faire, and she's eager to begin her own training as a squire. First, though, she'll need to prove her bravery. Luckily Impy has just the quest in mind--she'll go to public school after a life of being homeschooled! But it's not easy to act like a noble knight-in-training in middle school. Impy falls in with a group of girls who seem really nice (until they don't) and starts to be embarrassed of her thrift shop apparel, her family's unusual lifestyle, and their small, messy apartment. Impy has always thought of herself as a heroic knight, but when she does something really mean in order to fit in, she begins to wonder whether she might be more of a dragon after all.
Ugh, middle school is awful. All’s Faire in Middle School reminded me of that all t…

The Best We Could Do

The Best We Could Do
Thi Bui
Harry N. Abrams, 2017
Audience: Older Teens, Adults
Source: Library

From Goodreads:
This beautifully illustrated and emotional story is an evocative memoir about the search for a better future and a longing for the past. Exploring the anguish of immigration and the lasting effects that displacement has on a child and her family, Bui documents the story of her family’s daring escape after the fall of South Vietnam in the 1970s, and the difficulties they faced building new lives for themselves.

At the heart of Bui’s story is a universal struggle: While adjusting to life as a first-time mother, she ultimately discovers what it means to be a parent—the endless sacrifices, the unnoticed gestures, and the depths of unspoken love. Despite how impossible it seems to take on the simultaneous roles of both parent and child, Bui pushes through. With haunting, poetic writing and breathtaking art, she examines the strength of family, the importance of identity, and the …


Bull David Elliott HMH Books for Young Readers, 2017 Source: E-Galley, Library Audience: Older Teens

Minos thought he could
Pull a fast one
On me,
God of the Sea!
But I’m the last one
On whom you
Should try such a thing.
The nerve of that guy.
The balls. The audacity.
I got capacity!
Depths! Darkness! Delphic power!
So his sweet little plan
Went big-time sour
And his wife had a son
Born with horns and a muzzle
Who ended up
In an underground puzzle.
What is it with you mortals?
You just can’t seem to learn:
If you play with fire, babies,
You’re gonna get burned.

Much like Lin-Manuel Miranda did in Hamilton, the New York Times best-selling author David Elliott turns a classic on its head in form and approach, updating the timeless story of Theseus and the Minotaur for a new generation. A rough, rowdy, and darkly comedic young adult retelling in verse, Bull will have readers reevaluating one of mythology'…

Things We Know by Heart

Things We Know by Heart
Jessi Kirby
HarperTeen, 2015
Source: My Own Bookshelf, E-Galley
Audience: Older Teens, Adults

From Goodreads:
When Quinn Sullivan meets the recipient of her boyfriend’s donated heart, the two form an unexpected connection.

After Quinn loses her boyfriend, Trent, in an accident their junior year, she reaches out to the recipients of his donated organs in hopes of picking up the pieces of her now-unrecognizable life. She hears back from some of them, but the person who received Trent’s heart has remained silent. The essence of a person, she has always believed, is in the heart. If she finds Trent’s, then maybe she can have peace once and for all. 

Risking everything in order to finally lay her memories to rest, Quinn goes outside the system to track down nineteen-year-old Colton Thomas—a guy whose life has been forever changed by this priceless gift. But what starts as an accidental run-in quickly develops into more, sparking an undeniable attraction. She doesn'…

Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Laini Taylor
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2011
Source: Library
Audience: Older Teens

From Goodreads:
Around the world, black hand prints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grows dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands", she speaks many languages - not all of them human - and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a viole…

Murder, Magic and What We Wore

Murder, Magic and What We Wore Kelly Jones Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2017 Source: E-Galley Audience: Older Teens, Adults
From Goodreads: The year is 1818, the city is London, and our heroine, 16-year-old Annis Whitworth, has just learned that her father is dead and all his money is missing. And so, of course, she decides to become a spy.

Annis always suspected that her father was a spy, so following in his footsteps to unmask his killer makes perfect sense. Alas, it does not make sense to England’s current spymasters—not even when Annis reveals that she has the rare magical ability to sew glamours: garments that can disguise the wearer completely.

Well, if the spies are too pigheaded to take on a young woman of quality, then Annis will take them on.

She’ll follow the clues her father left behind and discover what befell him.

She’ll prove she can sew an impenetrable disguise.

She’ll earn a living without stooping to become a—shudder—governess.

It can’t be any harder than navigating the …

Scarlet Witch, Volumes 1-3

Scarlet Witch, Volume 1: Witches’ Road
Scarlet Witch, Volume 2: World of Witchcraft
Scarlet Witch, Volume 3: The Final Hex
James Robinson
Marvel, 2017
Source: Library
Audience: Older Teens

From Goodreads:
Witchcraft is broken - and the SCARLET WITCH is on a journey across the globe to fix it. From the back alleys of Manhattan, to the serene Greek Isles, to the bustling streets of Hong Kong, Wanda will have to face down her foes and find out who her true friends are. But as Wanda solves magical crimes and pieces witchcraft back together, the most important question remains: Who is the mastermind that broke it in the first place?

I normally don’t read superhero comics, but I love witch stories and the cover grabbed me. I didn’t realize that this was Elizabeth Olsen’s character from the Marvel movies. (Luckily, my husband told me.) In spite of my usual superhero disinterest, I enjoyed the Scarlet Witch books for something different. Volume 3 didn’t hold my attention as well, so I doubt I’…

Swing It, Sunny

Swing It, Sunny Jennifer L. Holm Graphix, 2017 Source: Library Audience: Children, Younger Teens
From Goodreads: Summer's over and it's time for Sunny Lewin to enter the strange and unfriendly hallways of . . . middle school. When her Gramps calls her from Florida to ask how she's doing, she always tells him she's fine. But the truth? Sunny is NOT having the best time. 
Not only is the whole middle school thing confusing . . . but life at home is confusing, too. Sunny misses her brother Dale, who's been sent to boarding school. But when Dale comes back, she STILL misses him . . . because he's changed. 
Luckily Sunny's got her best friend and a mysterious new neighbor on her side . . . because she is NOT going let all this confusion get her down. Instead, she's going to remain Sunny-side up!

I loved how bright Swing It, Sunny was. The story was interesting, and I appreciated that it was a historical fiction graphic novel. Also, I liked how the book handled…

Zane and the Hurricane: A Story of Katrina

Zane and the Hurricane: A Story of Katrina
Rodman Philbrick
The Blue Sky Press, 2014
Source: Library audio book
Audience: Children, Younger Teens

From Goodreads:
Newbery Honor author Rodman Philbrick presents a gripping yet poignant novel about a 12-year-old boy and his dog who become trapped in New Orleans during the horrors of Hurricane Katrina.

Zane Dupree is a charismatic 12-year-old boy of mixed race visiting a relative in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina hits. Unexpectedly separated from all family, Zane and his dog experience the terror of Katrina's wind, rain, and horrific flooding. Facing death, they are rescued from an attic air vent by a kind, elderly musician and a scrappy young girl--both African American. The chaos that ensues as storm water drowns the city, shelter and food vanish, and police contribute to a dangerous, frightening atmosphere, creates a page-turning tale that completely engrosses the reader. Based on the facts of the worst hurricane disaster in U.S.…

Who Was Jane Austen?

Who Was Jane Austen? Sarah Fabiny Penguin Workshop, 2017 Source: Library Audience: Children
From Goodreads: Although Jane Austen's works were first published anonymously and brought her little personal recognition, today they are rarely out of print and have inspired movies, television shows and mini-series, literary anthologies, and many other adaptations all around the world. Her writing--principally her five novels--is a critique of the British landed gentry at the end of the eighteenth century, and often a comment on the pursuit of a "good match" in matters of marriage. Pride and PrejudiceSense and SensibilityMansfield ParkEmma, and Northhanger Abbeyremain her most famous works. Who Was Jane Austen? reveals the life of this most private author.
I enjoyed the drawings on most of the pages. I thought they kept the information fresh and interesting. However, I think that Who Was Jane Austen? made the author look almost desperate to get married. Everything else tha…

The Deal of a Lifetime

The Deal of a Lifetime Fredrik Backman Atria Books, 2017 Source: Library Audience: Adults, Older Teens
From Goodreads: The #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove and Beartown delivers an insightful and poignant holiday novella about a man who sacrificed his family in the single-minded pursuit of success and the courageous little girl fighting for her life who crosses his path.

It all begins with a father telling a story to his son on Christmas Eve. But this isn’t your typical Christmas story. The father admits to his son that he’s taken a life but he won’t say whose—not yet.

One week earlier, in a hospital late at night, the man met a five-year-old girl with cancer. She’s a smart kid—smart enough to know that she won’t beat cancer by drawing with crayons all day, but it seems to make the adults happy, so she keeps doing it.

As the man tells his son about this plucky little girl, he slowly reveals more about himself: while he may be a successful businessman, idolized by …

All the Crooked Saints

All the Crooked Saints
Maggie Stiefvater Scholastic Press, 2017 Source: Library Audience: Older Teens
From Goodreads: Any visitor to Bicho Raro, Colorado is likely to find a landscape of dark saints, forbidden love, scientific dreams, miracle-mad owls, estranged affections, one or two orphans, and a sky full of watchful desert stars.

At the heart of this place you will find the Soria family, who all have the ability to perform unusual miracles. And at the heart of this family are three cousins longing to change its future: Beatriz, the girl without feelings, who wants only to be free to examine her thoughts; Daniel, the Saint of Bicho Raro, who performs miracles for everyone but himself; and Joaquin, who spends his nights running a renegade radio station under the name Diablo Diablo.

They are all looking for a miracle. But the miracles of Bicho Raro are never quite what you expect.

Whew, All the Crooked Saints was written on a high reading level! If my attention drifted in the slightest…

milk and honey

milk and honey Rupi Kaur Createspace, 2014 Source: Library Audience: Adults
From Goodreads: milk and honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. It is about the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. It is split into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose, deals with a different pain, heals a different heartache. milk and honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.
Well, I wasn’t quite ready for the heaviness of Rupi Kaur’s book. I’m not the brightest poetry reader, but I felt like Kaur expressed herself well in her writing, and it definitely moved me. The drawings added to her work. Overall, I read this book because I couldn’t stop hearing about how amazing it was. In spite of the sadness I felt during some of the poems, I’m glad that I did read Kaur’s work because I learned from it. milk and honey was de…

Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer

Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer John Grisham Dutton Books for Young Readers, 2010 Source: Library Audience: Children, Younger Teens
From Goodreads: In the small city of Strattenburg, there are many lawyers, and though he’s only thirteen years old, Theo Boone thinks he’s one of them. Theo knows every judge, policeman, court clerk—and a lot about the law. He dreams of being a great trial lawyer, of a life in the courtroom.

But Theo finds himself in court much sooner than expected. Because he knows so much—maybe too much—he is suddenly dragged into the middle of a sensational murder trial. A cold-blooded killer is about to go free, and only Theo knows the truth.

The stakes are high, but Theo won’t stop until justice is served.

Brimming with the intrigue and suspense that made John Grisham a #1 international bestseller and the undisputed master of the legal thriller, Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer will keep readers guessing and pages turning.

I’m doubling up on reviews until the end of the year becau…


Nidhi Chanani
First Second, 2017
Source: E-Galley, Library
Audience: All Teens

From Goodreads:
Pashmina tells the story of an Indian-American girl who struggles to fit in at high school, then discovers more about her family's history with the help of her mother's magical pashmina.

I love First Second books! They are always so good. Pashmina was one of my favorites. The art was fantastic. I especially loved the use of color. Chanani’s story had the perfect amount of magic and realism and I loved it. My only complaint was that it could have been a little bit longer and transitioned a little slower. Perhaps showing the passage of time better would have made some of the changes a bit less abrupt. But really, that wasn’t a big deal because I LOVED it. I can’t wait to read more books by this author!

Winter Street

Winter Street
Elin Hilderbrand
Little, Brown and Company, 2014
Source: Library
Audience: Adults, Older Teens

From Goodreads:
Kelley Quinn is the owner of Nantucket's Winter Street Inn and the proud father of four, all of them grown and living in varying states of disarray. Patrick, the eldest, is a hedge fund manager with a guilty conscience. Kevin, a bartender, is secretly sleeping with a French housekeeper named Isabelle. Ava, a school teacher, is finally dating the perfect guy but can't get him to commit. And Bart, the youngest and only child of Kelley's second marriage to Mitzi, has recently shocked everyone by joining the Marines.

As Christmas approaches, Kelley is looking forward to getting the family together for some quality time at the inn. But when he walks in on Mitzi kissing Santa Claus (or the guy who's playing Santa at the inn's annual party), utter chaos descends. With the three older children each reeling in their own dramas and Bart unreachable in A…

The Child Finder

The Child Finder
Rene Denfeld
Harper, 2017
Source: E-Galley
Audience: Adults, Older Teens

From Goodreads:
Three years ago, Madison Culver disappeared when her family was choosing a Christmas tree in Oregon’s Skookum National Forest. She would be eight years old now—if she has survived. Desperate to find their beloved daughter, certain someone took her, the Culvers turn to Naomi, a private investigator with an uncanny talent for locating the lost and missing. Known to the police and a select group of parents as The Child Finder, Naomi is their last hope.

Naomi’s methodical search takes her deep into the icy, mysterious forest in the Pacific Northwest, and into her own fragmented past. She understands children like Madison because once upon a time, she was a lost girl too. 

As Naomi relentlessly pursues and slowly uncovers the truth behind Madison’s disappearance, shards of a dark dream pierce the defenses that have protected her, reminding her of a terrible loss she feels but cannot reme…

Far From the Tree

Far From the Tree
Robin Benway
HarperTeen, 2017
Source: E-Galley, Library
Audience: Older Teens, Adults

From Goodreads:
A contemporary novel about three adopted siblings who find each other at just the right moment.

Being the middle child has its ups and downs.

But for Grace, an only child who was adopted at birth, discovering that she is a middle child is a different ride altogether. After putting her own baby up for adoption, she goes looking for her biological family, including—

Maya, her loudmouthed younger bio sister, who has a lot to say about their newfound family ties. Having grown up the snarky brunette in a house full of chipper redheads, she’s quick to search for traces of herself among these not-quite-strangers. And when her adopted family’s long-buried problems begin to explode to the surface, Maya can’t help but wonder where exactly it is that she belongs.

And Joaquin, their stoic older bio brother, who has no interest in bonding over their shared biological mother. After se…

Hardcore Twenty-Four

Hardcore Twenty-Four Janet Evanovich Bantam, 2017 Source: Library Audience: Adults, Older Teens
From Goodreads: This Jersey girl hits hard--twenty-four seven. The blockbuster Stephanie Plum series continues with Hardcore Twenty-Four from #1 New York Times bestselling Janet Evanovich.
What a lame description on Goodreads, huh? Stephanie Plum is always so dependable. She’ll ruin a car, hang out with quirky friends, be torn between two guys, embarrass herself, and solve a mystery. Why couldn’t they mention that? There was a bit of a lull in the series in the teens, but Evanovich has come back strong. I wouldn’t mind if she threw some new element in there, but I don’t know what that would be - and it would have to be awesome. Overall, it’s an entertaining series!

Traitor to the Throne

Traitor to the Throne
Alwyn Hamilton
Viking, 2017
Source: E-Galley, Library
Audience: Older Teens

From Goodreads:
Rebel by chance. Traitor by choice.

Gunslinger Amani al'Hiza fled her dead-end hometown on the back of a mythical horse with the mysterious foreigner Jin, seeking only her own freedom. Now she’s fighting to liberate the entire desert nation of Miraji from a bloodthirsty sultan who slew his own father to capture the throne. 

When Amani finds herself thrust into the epicenter of the regime—the Sultan’s palace—she’s determined to bring the tyrant down. Desperate to uncover the Sultan’s secrets by spying on his court, she tries to forget that Jin disappeared just as she was getting closest to him, and that she’s a prisoner of the enemy. But the longer she remains, the more she questions whether the Sultan is really the villain she’s been told he is, and who’s the real traitor to her sun-bleached, magic-filled homeland.

Forget everything you thought you knew about Miraji, abou…

Me and Marvin Gardens

Me and Marvin Gardens Amy Sarig King Arthur A. Levine Books, 2017 Source: My Own Bookshelf Audience: Children, Younger Teens
From Goodreads: 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 house, in the last wild patch left, picking up litter and looking for animal tracks.

One day, he sees a creature that looks kind of like a large dog, or maybe a small boar. And as he watches it, he realizes it eats plastic. Only plastic. Water bottles, shopping bags... No one has ever seen a creature like this before, because there's never been a creature like this before. The animal--Marvin Gardens--soon 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…