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Led by a professional writer, young readers explore a fantastic novel, take it apart, play around in its pages, and create new work based on the novel. This program is designed to foster close reading skills, critical thinking, and creativity in a fun environment. Previous Book Crush titles include The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin, The Turtle of Oman by Naomi Shihab Nye, and Wonder by R.J. Palacios. All participating students have their creative work published on our blog, Unbound.

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Book Crush: Me and Marvin Gardens by Amy Sarig King

Open to Rising 4th-6th Graders
June 5-9 / 10AM-1PM / George Washington Carver Museum

Obe Devlin's family farmland has been taken over by developers, his best friend Tommy abandoned him for the development kids, and he keeps getting nosebleeds. 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 strange creature that only eats plastic. No one has ever seen a creature like this before. The animal 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. Read a review.

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Refund Policy: Cancellations made more than 30 days before the start of the Book Crush session will receive a refund minus a 20% processing fee. Cancellations made between 30 days and one week of the start of the Book Crush session will receive a refund minus a 40% processing fee. Cancellations made within one week of the start of the Book Crush session will receive a refund minus a 50% processing fee. No refunds are available once the Book Crush session begins.

A summer program offered in partnership with the O. Henry Museum and the George Washington Carver Museum.

The City of Austin is proud to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Reasonable modifications and equal access to communications will be provided upon request. Please call (512) 974-3914.

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