Olive's Ocean

Olive's Ocean

Book - 2003 | 1st ed.
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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.
Publisher: New York : Greenwillow Books, c2003.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780060535445
006053544X
9780060535438
0060535431
Branch Call Number: HENKE
Characteristics: 217 p.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jul 19, 2018

What would you do if you discovered a secret that changed everything around you? The people, the world or even our society in general? If you think either of these things, you are moments away from cracking open “Olive’s Ocean”, written by Kevin Henkes.
Twelve year old, Martha Boyle and her family are preparing for their annual trip to the Pacific Ocean to visit Martha’s favourite grandmother, Godbee. It’s her most favourite place to visit on Earth. Olive Barstow, a girl in Martha’s class died in a car accident while riding her bike a few months back. She was a shy and extremely quiet student; no one seemed to notice her. Remembering what happened to Olive scares Martha. Will Martha ever learn to get along with her family?
Considering multiple viewpoints, my favourite character is Martha. Though she sees love at first sight, me and Martha Boyle have lots in common. For example, Martha enjoys writing. Martha writes about her emotions, things going on around her and her family. Godbee is also one of my favourite characters. She supports Martha and admires her a lot.
The target audience/age group I consider is appropriate for this book is ages 12 and up. It may have some mild language use, but it does teach an important lesson: “family is always there for you, and no one can replace them.”
- @chitterchatter of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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Crystal_37
Sep 06, 2017

My teacher recommanded it to me and it is really touching.

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Park_Chim_chim
Aug 09, 2016

This book reminds me so much of myself. I really suggest others to read this it's got a great storyline and it just explains tween life perfectly

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muffinpopcorn
Mar 19, 2016

Delightfully great book . Read it all in one sitting , was too intriguing and amazing to put down . Strongly recommend if you want to read a heartwarming , well written story .

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indigo_sparrow_7
Sep 21, 2015

Great book. Will stay with you long after you read it

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Meabh
Feb 15, 2015

This an amazing book. Definitely one of the best I've read this year.

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shpanah
Mar 03, 2012

It was such a great book with lots of interesting scenes of Martha's life. Loved the book. I love the ocean too.

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Fatima Almalki
Jul 11, 2010

An O.K book ..
most of the time she is pondering a t the meaning of life....lots of emotion

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natasha25
Jan 12, 2010

This is SUCH a good book!
Lots of emotions,
it's quite sad.
I love it!

I've read it about 80 bajillion times, but it never gets old!

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green_elephant_859
Aug 22, 2013

green_elephant_859 thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over

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