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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

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A Trip to the Country for Marvin & James is the fifth book in the Masterpiece Adventures chapter book series by New York Times bestselling author Elise Broach, featuring Marvin the beetle and his best friend, James, as they deal with new life challenges.

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 story brings Marvin and James together in a celebration of friendship and family.

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CHAPTER ONE


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...

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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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