Operation Oleander by Valerie O. Patterson

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Ninth-grader Jess Westmark had the best of intentions when she started Operation Oleander to raise money for a girls’ orphanage in Kabul. She named her charity for the oleander that grows both in her Florida hometown and in Afghanistan, where her father is deployed. But on one of her father's trips to deliver supplies to the orphans, a car bomb explodes nearby and her father is gravely injured. Worse, her best friend’s mother and some of the children are killed, and people are blaming Operation Oleander for turning the orphanage into a military target for the Taliban. Is this all Jess’s fault?

About Valerie O. Patterson

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Valerie O. Patterson holds an MFA in Children's Literature from Hollins University, where she twice received the Shirley Henn Award for Creative Scholarship. She has also won a Work-in-Progress Award for her writing from the SCBWI. Valerie is an attorney in her day job and lives with her husband in Leesburg, Virginia.
Published March 5, 2013 by Clarion Books. 197 pages
Genres: Travel, War, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Good intentions go horribly wrong when American soldiers dropping off donations at an Afghanistan orphanage are viciously attacked.

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Soon-to-be ninth-grader Jess lives by the code her Army father taught her, holding his words of honor and duty close while he is serving in Afghanistan. She and her best friends Meriwether and Sam, wh

Jan 21 2013 | Read Full Review of Operation Oleander

Gr 5–9—Ninth-grader Jess and her family live on a military base in the U.S. She and her friends Meriwether and Sam collect donations for an orphanage in Kabul, where her father and Meriwether's mother are stationed. When the orphanage is bombed and reports reach the U.S. almost immediately that A...

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