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Trouble at School for Marvin & James

Trouble at School for Marvin & James

The Masterpiece Adventures (Volume 3)

Elise Broach; illustrations by Kelly Murphy

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In the new Masterpiece Adventure Trouble at School for Marvin & James, the third in a series for younger readers from bestselling author Elise Broach, Marvin the beetle is off to school with James for the very first time!

Everything runs smoothly on this big adventure until the bell rings after lunch and Marvin gets separated from James. In fact, he gets accidentally thrown away! Will Marvin make it back home to his family? How will James find him?

This young chapter book for emergent readers captures the miniature world of Marvin the Beetle and his special friend James in stunning two color illustrations that accompany the text.

A Christy Ottaviano Book

Books in the Masterpiece Adventure series:
The Miniature World of Marvin & James
James to the Rescue
Trouble at School for Marvin & James


Marvin Goes to School

It’s early morning, and Marvin is watching James get ready for school.

“I have Art today,” James says. “Mr. Chang is the best. I wish you could meet him.”


Praise for Trouble at School for Marvin & James

Praise for the Masterpiece Adventures:

"Accessible to children making the transition from easy readers to chapter books. . . This series revolves around a warm, supportive, and trusting relationship between a boy and a beetle." —The Horn Book

“Page-turning adventure.” —The Horn Book

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

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


Reviews from Goodreads

Elise Broach; illustrations by Kelly Murphy

Elise Broach is the New York Times-bestselling author of books for children and young adults, including Desert Crossing, Shakespeare's Secret, Masterpiece, and the Superstition Mountain Mysteries series. Her books have been selected as ALA Notable Books, Junior Library Guild selections, the recipient of an E.B. White Read Aloud Award, and an Edgar Award nominee, among other distinctions. She lives in Connecticut with her family.

Kelly Murphy has illustrated many books for children including Masterpiece, Alex and the Amazing Time Machine, and the Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist books. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

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