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Olive's Ocean (Newbery Honor Book) Library Binding – Import, 12 August 2003
“An eloquent journey into adolescence.” (Florida Times-Union)
“Few girls will fail to recognize themselves in Martha.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))
“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))
“Lyrically written.” (Seattle Times)
“Rich characterizations move this compelling novel to its satisfying and emotionally authentic conclusion.” (School Library Journal (starred review))
“Henkes’s story is subtle and satisfyingly untidy. Grabs you right from the start.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))
“With beautifully defined characters, events, and emotions that will tug at your heart, this novel is flawless.” (Daily Item)
About the Author
Kevin Henkes has been praised both as a writer and as an illustrator. 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 (12 August 2003)
- Language : English
- Library Binding : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 006053544X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0060535445
- Reading age : 10 - 12 years
- Item Weight : 363 g
- Dimensions : 12.7 x 2.22 x 18.73 cm
- Country of Origin : USA
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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.