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Olive's Ocean by Kevin Henkes

Olive's Ocean (original 2003; edition 2003)

by Kevin Henkes

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Title:Olive's Ocean
Authors:Kevin Henkes
Info:New York : Greenwillow Books, c2003.
Collections:Your library
Tags:Category: Fiction, Country: USA, Reason: Offensive Language, Reason: Sexual Content, Source: ALA 10 Most Challenged 2007, Time Period: 2000s, *Challenged Books

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Olive's Ocean by Kevin Henkes (2003)

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A wonderful story about a teenage girl learning about who she is becoming and developing a bond with her grandmother as she does. There are some who are offended by the language in the book, but I thought it was mild in comparison to what most young readers are exposed to in movies and television today.

I felt that this book captured much of what it felt like to be a growing teen, when everything from family to friends and life itself seems to turn upside down as your body and mind seem to shapeshift without your willing them to. I loved the relationships developed in this story and thought the writing was well deserving of the Newbery Honor. ( )
  mirrani | Jun 24, 2017 |
(Read for Contemporary Realistic novel) Depicting Olive's summer at her grandmother's beach house, this coming-of-age novel is full of material that preteens/teens might relate to, from handling the death of a classmate, to "hating" one's family, to growing comfortable with who you are, to developing feelings for another person, to bonding with a family member, and much more. Olive goes through a lot of confusing emotions, and she never figures out one simple answer to it all -- which is exactly how it is at this point in one's life.
  ZajiCox | Jun 6, 2017 |
Martha is just twelve years old when a classmate's mother drops off a note. Olive Barstow died in an accident where she was hit by a car. On Martha's trip to visit her grandmother she has a realization about how fragile life and death are. She comes to appreciate the time that she has and to cherish those around her- especially her grandmother who is getting older.
  mercedeslillian | Mar 19, 2017 |
As the book opens, 12 year-old Martha is greeted by the mother of a classmate she barely knew, who was killed being hit by a car a few months earlier. The mother gives Martha a page from Olive's diary, which says, among other things, "I hope I will get to know Martha Boyle next year. I hope we will be friends. She is the nicest person in my whole entire class."

Shortly after this, Martha and her family go to visit her grandmother for a few weeks of the summer. The events take place there, involving her family, and a neighboring family with five stair-step boys. Martha ponders live and death, aging, and first love.

More thought provoking than most YA books. ( )
  fingerpost | Jan 29, 2017 |
Olive’s Ocean is a contemporary realistic fiction book. In the book, Martha is visited by the mother of a classmate named Olive. Olive died tragically, but had written a heartfelt journal entry about Martha prior to her death. What Olive wrote about Martha deeply affects her the entire summer. What can Martha do to honor Olive’s life? Hopefully, a family trip to the beach to visit her grandmother, Godbee, will help. Coincidentally, the ocean is one place Olive wanted desperately to visit. Will Martha be able to come to terms with Olive’s death at the beach? And will she be able to survive when Jimmy Manning, a local boy, does something horrifically embarrassing to her?
Kevin Henkes delights in this novel. By including Martha’s adolescent thoughts, “Da-ad. That is so embarrassing.” (p. 110) and her still babyish ways, “Martha formed a steeple out of her fingers, the way she had as a child doing hand rhymes.” (p. 64), Henkes beautifully captures her coming of age journey. This book would be great for teaching conflict, and how conflict relates to plot. ( )
  southpaw27 | Jul 1, 2016 |
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The book centers around Martha Boyle who gains perspective after a classmate, Olive, dies in a tragic accident. The two girls had many parallels in life, and could have been friends, but were not. The book follows Martha's many reflections and revelations about life and her path as she vacations at her family's beach house and begins a relationship with an unlikely neighbor boy.
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Sometimes life can change in an instant

Martha Boyle and Olive Barstow could have been friends, but they weren't. Weeks after a tragic accident, all that is left are eerie connections between the two girls, former classmates who both kept the same secret without knowing it. Now, even while on vacation at the ocean, Martha can't stop thinking about Olive. Things only get more complicated when Martha begins to like Jimmy Manning, a neighbor boy she used to despise. What is going on? Can life for Martha be the same ever again?

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On a summer visit to her grandmother's cottage by the ocean, twelve-year-old Martha gains perspective on the death of a classmate, on her relationship with her grandmother, on her feelings for an older boy, and on her plans to be a writer.

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