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A Trip to the Country for Marvin & James

A Trip to the Country for Marvin & James

The Masterpiece Adventures (Volume 5)

Elise Broach; illustrations by Kelly Murphy

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)


A Trip to the Country for Marvin & James is the fifth book in New York Times bestselling author Elise Broach's Masterpiece Adventures chapter book series featuring Marvin the beetle and his best friend, James--featuring illustrations by Kelly Murphy.

Marvin gets invited to spend a weekend with James visiting Karl and Christina in the country. And Marvin is bringing his cousin Elaine! Together, they partake in exciting outdoor activities. But a playful boat ride on a pond turns into an unexpected adventure. How will James and Marvin and Elaine find each other out in the wilderness?

This fifth book in the Masterpiece Adventures series brings Marvin and James together in a celebration of friendship and family.

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Riding the Train

Marvin and Elaine cannot believe how lucky they are. They are going on a trip with James! James’s father, Karl, and his wife, Christina, have a house in the country, and James is going...

Praise for A Trip to the Country for Marvin & James

A Junior Library Guild Selection

"Combining adventure, imagination, and an enjoyable story, this fifth volume in the Masterpiece Adventures series ends on a reassuring note: even when they grow up, Marvin and James will always be friends.


Reviews from Goodreads

Elise Broach; illustrations by Kelly Murphy

Elise Broach is the New York Times–bestselling author of award-winning books for children and young adults, including My Pet Wants a Pet, Bedtime for Little Bulldozer, the Masterpiece Adventures chapter book series, Shakespeare's Secret, The Wolf Keepers, and the Superstition Mountain Mysteries series. She lives in Connecticut.

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

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