Olive's Ocean by Kevin Henkes
(Newbery Honor Book)

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"Olive Barstow was dead. She'd been hit by a car on Monroe Street while riding her bicycle weeks ago. That was about all Martha knew."

Martha Boyle and Olive Barstow could have been friends. But they weren't -- and now all that is left are eerie connections between two girls who were in the same grade at school and who both kept the same secret without knowing it.

Now Martha can't stop thinking about Olive. A family summer on Cape Cod should help banish those thoughts; instead, they seep in everywhere.

And this year Martha's routine at her beloved grandmother's beachside house is complicated by the Manning boys. Jimmy, Tate, Todd, Luke, and Leo. But especially Jimmy. What if, what if, what if, what if? The world can change in a minute.

 

About Kevin Henkes

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Kevin Henkes is the creator of award-winning books for children and young readers. Many of them star his mouse characters, including the #1 New York Times bestseller Wemberly Worried, the Caldecott Honor Book Owen, and the beloved Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse. His most recent books are Little White Rabbit, Junonia, and the first two books in this series, Penny and Her Song and Penny and Her Doll. Kevin Henkes lives in Madison, Wisconsin. You can visit him online at www.KevinHenkes.com.
 
Published July 2, 2013 by Greenwillow Books. 234 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Arts & Photography. Fiction

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On her family’s Cape Cod vacation, Martha is haunted by a journal entry left by a dead classmate.

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A journal entry of a classmate killed in an accident sends 12-year-old Martha on an unintended pilgrimage.

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Martha begins an unwitting pilgrimage of sorts: she strolls with her toddler sister to the corner where Olive died and, when she goes to visit her grandmother, Godbee, on Cape Cod, Martha experiences the ocean for Olive and for herself.

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Olive's Ocean, a recent Newbery Honor winner, is the most recent I have enjoyed.… Read comments below, or read this article from the beginning.

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Olive's Ocean, a recent Newbery Honor winner, is the most recent I have enjoyed.… Read comments below, or read this article from the beginning.

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During the part of the book where Martha almost drowns, there is one long run-on sentence to create the feeling of urgency.

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Olive wants to visit an ocean, and Martha is leaving the next day to visit her grandmother who lives on the Atlantic coast.

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As Martha suffers through small family upheavals, first love, and first betrayal, the memory of Olive haunts her.

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Martha also deals with many issues that could prompt family discussions: the death of a classmate, an angry parent, an aging grandparent, first love, and betrayal.

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