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Publisher's Summary

"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.
Olive's Ocean was a 2004 Newbery Medal Honor Book.
©2004 Kevin Henkes; (P)2004 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
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Critic Reviews



Newbery Honor Book, 2004
"With his usual sensitivity and insight, Henkes explores key issues of adolescence." (Publishers Weekly)
"Rich characterizations move this compelling novel to its satisfying and emotionally authentic conclusion." (School Library Journal)
"Like Henkes' Sun and Spoon, this is another lovely, character-driven novel that explores, with rare subtlety and sensitivity, the changes and perplexities that haunt every child's growing-up process....Its quiet art and intelligence will stick with readers, bringing them comfort and reassurance as changes inevitably visit their own growing-up years." (Booklist)
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By Elizabeth on 02-26-05

Terrific Book!!

An American Library Association Best Book of 2005 and a Newbery winner. I highly recommend this book. It is a wonderful character study of a young girl dealing with the loss of pre-pubescence, lost of a potential friend and the potential loss of a dear family member. A great story full of hope.

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By Faith on 02-04-09

Great Book!

My friend read this book, but I don't think she quite understood how deep it was. She read the words, but none of it soaked in. I, however, was compelled! It was so. . . magical, in a way. Those are the kind of books I love. Mysterious, magical, I get a little tingle up my spine just thinking about it. Sometimes I get so upset that these books aren't true. The authors have wonderful touches, though! I only hope to follow in their footsteps some day!
- Faith, 5th Grader

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