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Olivia Kidney and The Exit Academy by Ellen…

Olivia Kidney and The Exit Academy

by Ellen Potter

Other authors: Peter H. Reynolds (Illustrator)

Series: Olivia Kidney (2)

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Not sure why I'm reading all three of these. I guess because they're so creative - not quite anything else I've read. They certainly don't condescend to children, but rather have appeal to readers of all ages. Lots of ideas and relatively rich characters and humor and thoughtfulness all compactly presented. A little creepy for my personal preference, but certainly nothing most kids age 9 and up can't handle. Also, I might personally might rather give it 3.5 stars, but since the option is 3 or 4 and it's certainly better than a 3, well, it gets a 4. Ok. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
Olivia Kidney is a character who stays with you. Olivia and her relationship with her deceased brother weave throughout the book. Besides fantasy, there is also a mystery involving noises in the night and what exactly is going on with the owner. The mystery's resolution leaves Olivia and her father in a more stable position as well as wide open for sequels. There are fun and poignant subplots and settings. The brownstone she and her not-so-handy handyman father have just moved into is flooded and one must navigate the first floor in a boat. A couple of characters from the first book make welcomed reappearances. This book, with its humor combined with serious topics, works in a very unique way. ( )
  geraldinefm | Apr 17, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0399241620, Hardcover)

In a sequel to Ellen Potter's delightful Olivia Kidney, 12-year-old Olivia and her handyman father George report for duty ("a live-in situation") at 917 West 84th Street in New York City, a curious brownstone with a flooded first floor -- a lagoon complete with boats, floating furniture, and snapping turtles. The handsome young owner, Ansel Plover, seems quite charming, but a neighbor warns Olivia that the man is "mad, bad, and dangerous." Her worst fears are confirmed when a redheaded man she sees yelling at Ansel one night dies a mysterious death in Central Park. Worse still, her father is almost poisoned by a pie. Is their new landlord a killer? The perpetual new kid on the block, Olivia doesn't have many friends to console her, but she does have a special way of communicating with her dead brother Christopher. Can he somehow, even from the spirit world, help her unravel the mystery on 84th Street? Peter H. Reynold's cartoonish black-and-white illustrations contribute a modern sensibility to this engaging, deliciously imaginative novel where, as Olivia learns, it's best not to jump to conclusions. (Ages 9 to 12) --Karin Snelson

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Twelve-year-old Olivia Kidney and her father move into a Manhattan brownstone that has a lagoon in the living room, hosts visiting strangers in the middle of the night, and is mysteriously close to the spirit world.

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