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Olive's Ocean
Olive's Ocean
Author: Kevin Henkes
"Olive Barstow was dead. She'd been hit by a car on Monroe Street while riding her bicycle weeks ago. That was about all Martha knew." — Martha Boyle and Olive Barstow could have been friends. But they weren't -- and now all that is left are eerie connections between two girls who were in the same grade at school and who both kept the same secret...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780060535438
ISBN-10: 0060535431
Publication Date: 8/1/2003
Pages: 224
Reading Level: Young Adult
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.

3.6 stars, based on 19 ratings
Publisher: Greenwillow
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback
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I really liked this book. Very inspirational for the pre-teen crowd. Easy to understand and deals with a tough subject well.
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I absolutely LOVED 'Olive's Ocean'. It's such a beautiful story, and it has been my favorite book since I was about ten. SO worth reading!
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My 13 year old daughter loved this book.
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The fundamental criteria which I look for when reading is whether or not the book speaks the truth. "Olive's Ocean" is an excellent idea and one can say well written, at times. However, it eludes me as to why this book was given a Newberry Medal of Honor. I have a hard time understanding why books which address the issues of a young adult reader, can't be written honestly and without pretense. The protagonist's relationship with her grandmother simply doesn't ring true along with most of the book. In an effort to be relevant to young adult lives, a great book must first and foremost always tell the truth and not coddle or pander in such a flagrant fashion.
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The story of a girl who wants to fulfill the hopes of another girl, whom she had hardly known, but had died recently in a bicycle accident. Very sensitive handling of a difficult theme.