Olive's Ocean

A Newbery Honor Award Winner

by Kevin Henkes

On Sale: 08/12/2003

Olive's Ocean

A Newbery Honor Award Winner

by Kevin Henkes

On Sale: 08/12/2003

Format:

New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age

ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults

ALA Notable Children’s Book

Texas Bluebonnet Award

Newbery Honor Book

Virginia Young Readers Award

ALA Booklist Editors’ Choice

Horn Book Fanfare

About the Book

A brilliant, touching coming-of-age story, and a Newbery Honor Book.

Martha Boyle and Olive Barstow could have been friends, but they weren't. Weeks after a tragic accident, all that is left are eerie connections between the two girls, former classmates who both kept the same secret without knowing it.

Now, even while on vacation at the ocean, Martha can't stop thinking about Olive. Things only get more complicated when Martha begins to like Jimmy Manning, a neighbor boy she used to despise. What is going on? Can life for Martha be the same ever again?

Multiple award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Kevin Henkes brings his insightful, gentle, real-world insight to middle grade novels, including:

  • Billy Miller Makes a Wish
  • Bird Lake Moon
  • The Birthday Room
  • Junonia
  • Olive's Ocean
  • Protecting Marie
  • Sun & Spoon
  • Sweeping Up the Heart
  • Two Under Par
  • Words of Stone
  • The Year of Billy Miller
  • The Zebra Wall

Critical Praise

“The ever versatile Kevin Henkes dazzles with this spare yet profoundly touching coming-of-age novel.” — Family Fun Magazine

“An eloquent journey into adolescence.” — Florida Times-Union

“Few girls will fail to recognize themselves in Martha.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Martha Boyle is one of the memorable 12–year–old girls of fiction, smart, confused, compassionate.” — KLIATT (starred review)

“With his usual sensitivity and insight, Henkes explores key issues of adolescence.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Lyrically written.” — Seattle Times

“Rich characterizations move this compelling novel to its satisfying and emotionally authentic conclusion.” — School Library Journal (starred review)

“Henkes’s story is subtle and satisfyingly untidy. Grabs you right from the start.” — Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

“With beautifully defined characters, events, and emotions that will tug at your heart, this novel is flawless.” — Daily Item

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Resources

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780060535438
  • ISBN 10: 0060535431
  • Imprint: Greenwillow Books
  • On Sale: 08/12/2003
  • Pages: 224
  • List Price:21.00 CAD
  • Ages: 8 to 12
  • BISAC1 : JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Strangers
  • BISAC2 : JUVENILE FICTION / Travel
  • BISAC3 : JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Emotions & Feelings
  • BISAC4 : JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Dating & Relationships
  • BISAC5 : JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / New Experience
  • BISAC6 : JUVENILE FICTION / Love & Romance
  • BISAC7 : JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Multigenerational
  • BISAC8 : JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Friendship
  • BISAC9 : JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Adolescence
  • BISAC10 : JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Death & Dying

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