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    Elvis & Olive

    Elvis & Olive

    by Stephanie Watson

    Natalie and Annie become friends and decide to spend their summer spying on their neighbors. What begins as a game turns serious when their findings are revealed to the neighborhood, and when the girls discover unexpected things about each other. While the girls learn that it's sometimes helpful to reveal secrets, they also learn a lesson about the importance of privacy.

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    AlphaTales: O: Olive the Octopus’s Day of Juggling

    AlphaTales: O: Olive the Octopus’s Day of Juggling

    by Liza Charlesworth

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    Olive the Octopus wants to be a juggler. Read about her outrageous antics as you teach the letter O. AlphaTales are humorous stories designed to help young children recognize letters and the sounds they make. Lay the foundation for reading success with these kid-pleasing books—one for each letter of the alphabet. 16 pages.

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Olive's Ocean

Author: Kevin Henkes

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Death, Grief, Loss, Understanding Self and Others, Coming of Age, Friends and Friendship, Extended Families

About This Book

"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.

Newbery Medal, 2004

Praise for Olive's Ocean

"Henkes's characters never lack for the inner resilience that comes from a grounding in the ultimate decency of family. Characters and setting are painted in with the deft strokes of an experienced artist. Few girls will fail to recognize themselves in Martha." — Kirkus

"A superior growing up/coming-of-age story." — Children's Literature

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