This is book number 5 in the The Masterpiece Adventures series.
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.
Christy Ottaviano Books
Elise Broach is the New York Times bestselling author of Masterpiece, Shakespeare’s Secret and Desert Crossing, Missing on Superstition Mountain, the first book in the Superstition Mountain Trilogy, as well as several picture books. Her books have been selected as ALA notable books, Junior Library Guild selections, a Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Book, a New York Public Library Best Book for the Teenage, an IRA Teacher’s Choice, an E.B. White Read Aloud Award, and nominated for an Edgar Award, among other distinctions.
Ms. Broach holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in history from Yale University. She was born in Georgia and lives in the woods of rural Connecticut, walking distance from three farms, a library, a post office and two country stores.
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." — Booklist
Trouble at School for Marvin and James:
"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
"This entry in The Masterpiece Adventures beginning chapter-book series reestablishes the childlike fun that Marvin and James share, while acknowledging that fear of change can provoke worries. Enhanced by large type and pen-and-ink illustrations on every page, the well-paced story is just right for transitional readers." —Booklist
James to the Rescue:
“The characters have distinct personalities, the story is well-paced, and the focus on unlikely alliances and mutual trust suffuses the tale with warmth. Full of drama and heart, this is the kind of series that can show newly independent readers the power of a good story.” —Kirkus Reviews