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Operation Yes by Sara Lewis Holmes

Operation Yes

by Sara Lewis Holmes

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Miss Loupe is Bo's 6th grade teacher at the Air Force base where his father works. She's a young, inspirational teacher who encourages her students to think outside the box and create art and beauty. But she becomes emotionally sidetracked upon hearing the news of her brother's severe war injuries in Afghanistan and it's up to Bo and his classmates to bring her back, by creating a production of drama and art that involves the wider community. This is the first novel for kids I've encountered that seems to get the daily life of military brats and the impact their parents' careers have on them. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
Unique and inspirational! So different than any of the books I've read recently! I listened to the audiobook version and it was REALLY well done. I highly recommend it! ( )
  saillergirl | Jan 18, 2016 |
This book will stretch the reader. Military family life combined with improv theatre. It has matter of fact writing style befitting the military base setting. The story is told mainly from Bo and Gari's point of view, both children in military families. There are sections where point of view jumps all over the place. Not in a confusing manner, but perhaps a bit unnessarily (but maybe not). Life in a military family is a unique one and this book does an excellent job showing it to us. ( )
  geraldinefm | May 23, 2013 |
Very good read. Creative, with interesting characters, well presented, in a realistic take on military families. Kids from the military would especially love this book. I really liked the improv aspect. ( )
  librarian1204 | Apr 27, 2013 |
Grades 5-7
Welcome to Miss Loupe's 6th grade classroom. Bo and his friends aren't quite sure what to make of Miss Loupe on the first day of school when they meet the tattoo'd, multi-pierced, and energetic teacher who crawls around on the floor making a rectangle out of masking tape. Even the reluctant learners are quickly drawn in as she uses improvisational theatre to help her students see the world in different ways. Bo, whose base commander father doesn't appreciate the number of scrapes his son gets into at school, finds himself paying attention and learning. When Miss Loupe's brother, who is stationed in Afganistan, is reported missing and then sent home with serious injuries, Miss Loupe seems to fade to a shadow of her former self. It's up to Bo, his cousin Gari, and his fellow students at Young Oaks Elementary to remind her of what she taught them: that the cracks in things are how the light gets in.
With the Air Force Base setting and the majority of the characters being part of military families, this is an inspiring and important story. ( )
  KimJD | Apr 8, 2013 |
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On the first day of school, Miss Loupe approached the left edge of the front row of her first-ever sixth-grade classroom. Before her new students' eyes, she knelt and stuck on end of a giant roll of beige tape to the floor at their feet.
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Ready? Line UP! FALL IN! And you'll fall for this timely and generous novel set on an Air Force base during the Iraq War, about an amazing teacher and the students she inspires.

No one in her sixth-grade class knows quite what to make of Ms. Loupe, with her short hair, her taped square "stage" on the floor, and the interest in improvisational theatre. After all, their school is on an Air Force base--a place that values discipline more than improv. But her students soon come to love her fresh approach; and when her dear brother goes missing in Afghanistan, and Ms. Loupe herself breaks down, they band together to support their teacher. What starts as a class fundraiser expands into a nationwide effort for all injured troops, and an amazing vision of community and hope.

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In her first ever teaching job, Miss Loupe uses improvisational acting exercises with her sixth-grade students at an Air Force base school, and when she experiences a family tragedy, her previously skeptical class members use what they have learned to help her, her brother, and other wounded soldiers.… (more)

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