Olive's Ocean Paperback – Import, 26 April 2005
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“Lyrically written.” -- Seattle Times
“Martha Boyle is one of the memorable 12–year–old girls of fiction, smart, confused, compassionate.” -- KLIATT (starred review)
“With his usual sensitivity and insight, Henkes explores key issues of adolescence.” -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Rich characterizations move this compelling novel to its satisfying and emotionally authentic conclusion.” -- School Library Journal (starred review)
“With beautifully defined characters, events, and emotions that will tug at your heart, this novel is flawless.” -- Daily Item
“Few girls will fail to recognize themselves in Martha.” -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“An eloquent journey into adolescence.” -- Florida Times-Union
“The ever versatile Kevin Henkes dazzles with this spare yet profoundly touching coming-of-age novel.” -- Family Fun Magazine
About the Author
Kevin Henkes is an award-winning author and illustrator of many books for children of all ages. He received the Caldecott Medal for Kitten’s First Full Moon; Caldecott Honors for Waiting and Owen; two Newbery Honors—one for Olive’s Ocean and one for The Year of Billy Miller—and Geisel Honors for Waiting and Penny and Her Marble. His other books include Egg, Old Bear, A Good Day, Chrysanthemum, and the beloved Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse. Kevin Henkes lives with his family in Madison, Wisconsin. www.kevinhenkes.com
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- Publisher : Greenwillow Books; Reprint edition (26 April 2005)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0060535458
- ISBN-13 : 978-0060535452
- Reading age : 8 - 12 years
- Item Weight : 227 g
- Dimensions : 13 x 1.42 x 19.35 cm
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#883,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #15,280 in Children's Family, Personal & Social Issues (Books)
- #80,119 in Children's Literature & Fiction (Books)
- #83,609 in Contemporary Fiction (Books)
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I often hesitate to share my recommendations because every child is different. Some are more mature than others so parents need to make decisions with that in mind. I personally feel that "Olive's Ocean" is geared toward readers 12 to 14. There is some profanity ("as#hol#s, shi##y, prick") and a situation where a 14 year old boy bets his brothers and friend that he can get the 12 year old main character, Martha, to kiss him while he films it. She is crushed when she discovers he basically used her to win a bet. This could provoke some good conversations with middle school kids.
There is also a description of Martha's parents kissing in the kitchen and she thinks about how her brother refers to this as "MSB"-Morning Sex Behavior. "When they do it in the morning," Vince had informed Martha earlier that summer during one of their nightly chats, "they're all giggling and kissy and weird for at least an hour afterward. It's unmistakable." Although this was a very brief part of the story, I found it to be awkward and not helpful in developing either the story or the sibling relationship. Again, that's just my opinion and I'm sure others may disagree. As with anything, I think parents need to be aware and make informed decisions about what books are best for their kids.