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ISBN13: 9780060535452
ISBN10: 0060535458
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Publisher Comments:

Sometimes life can change in an instant

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?

Review:

"With his usual sensitivity and insight, Henkes (The Birthday Room) explores key issues of adolescence, through the observations of aspiring 12-year-old writer Martha Boyle. In the opening scene on an August morning in Madison, Wis., Martha receives a visitor: the mother of her classmate Olive Barstow, who was hit by a car the month before. The woman hands Martha a journal entry, in which Olive describes her own wish to be a writer — and to 'get to know Martha Boyle next year... the nicest person in my whole entire class.' Since Olive kept to herself, these revelations forge an unexpected bond between Martha and this classmate she never knew. The other hope Olive confides in the entry is that she could 'one day... go to a real ocean such as the Atlantic or Pacific.' Martha begins an unwitting pilgrimage of sorts: she strolls with her toddler sister to the corner where Olive died and, when she goes to visit her grandmother, Godbee, on Cape Cod, Martha experiences the ocean for Olive and for herself. In brief chapters, Henkes reveals Martha's discovery of life's fleeting qualities, her deepening bond with Godbee, and her first stirrings of romantic feeling and betrayal. Readers can peer through this brief window into Martha's life and witness a maturation, as she becomes a young woman, appreciates life anew and finds a way to give something back to Olive. Ages 10-up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

"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.

About the Author

Kevin Henkes lives in Madison, Wisconsin. His novels include the Newbery Honor book Olive's Ocean, and The Birthday Room, Protecting Marieand Words of Stone. Among his picture books are Owen,a 1994 Caldecott Honor Book; Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse;and Julius, the Baby of the World.His latest picture book is Kitten's First Full Moon.

In His Own Words...

"I remember drawing at a very early age. I loved it. And my parents and teachers told me I was good at it — that made me love it all the more.

"I also loved books, and the ones I was lucky enough to own were reread, looked at over and over, and regarded with great respect. To me great respect' meant that I took them everywhere, and the ones I still own prove it. They're brimming with all the telltale signs of true love: dog-eared pages, fingerprints on my favorite illustrations, my name and address inscribed on both front and back covers in inch-high crayon lettering, and the faint smell of stale peanut butter on the bindings. I wondered about authors and illustrators back then — ” What did they look like? Where did they live? Did they have families? How old were they? — but I never imagined that one day I would be one myself.

"I became an author-illustrator when I was nineteen years old. I flew from my home in Racine, Wisconsin, to New York City with my portfolio, hoping to find a publisher. And magically enough Susan Hirschman at Greenwillow Books made my dream come true. My first picture book, All Alone,was published in 1987. Since then I've written and illustrated many picture books and written several novels. I like the variety of trying new ways to fill the pages between two covers. Experimenting with words and paint and ink keeps my job interesting.

"I used to live with my parents and brothers and sister and work at a card table in my bedroom. Now I live with my wife, my son, and my daughter in our own house and work at a drawing table in my own studio. I never thought I'd be lucky enough to be a real author and illustrator. I wouldn't trade it for anything."

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liljtk98, September 24, 2013 (view all comments by liljtk98)
This was a really good book. I remember i read it when i was 12 and i just couldnt put it down. Good for kids in middle school!
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JanB, November 1, 2012 (view all comments by JanB)
This is a beautiful coming of age novel most suitable for middle school readers. The day before Martha Boyle and her family are to leave for their annual summer visit to her grandmother's house on Cape Cod she receives a journal page from a former classmate's mother. The classmate, Olive, was killed on her bicycle a month before. Olive's journal entry speaks of her dreams for the future-to be a writer, see the ocean, and be friends with Martha Boyle, the nicest girl in her class. Olive was a new girl in school, someone without friends that no one took the time to know. Thoughts of Olive stay in Martha's mind as she spends her time at her grandmother's. This a character driven novel that focuses on Martha's growth and maturity over course of her visit. Martha experiences a deepening of her very special relationship with her grandmother, and her first love and first betrayal.
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honeybatch10, August 24, 2006 (view all comments by honeybatch10)
i love novel books and this was a great one.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060535452
Author:
Henkes, Kevin
Publisher:
Greenwillow Books
Author:
by Kevin Henkes
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - General
Subject:
Social Situations - Friendship
Subject:
Social Situations - Emotions & Feelings
Subject:
Family - Multigenerational
Subject:
Social Issues - Emotions & Feelings
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-Emotions and Feelings
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
HarperClassics
Publication Date:
20050426
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 5
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
7.64x5.16x.61 in. .48 lbs.
Age Level:
10-14

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Product details 224 pages HarperTrophy - English 9780060535452 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "With his usual sensitivity and insight, Henkes (The Birthday Room) explores key issues of adolescence, through the observations of aspiring 12-year-old writer Martha Boyle. In the opening scene on an August morning in Madison, Wis., Martha receives a visitor: the mother of her classmate Olive Barstow, who was hit by a car the month before. The woman hands Martha a journal entry, in which Olive describes her own wish to be a writer — and to 'get to know Martha Boyle next year... the nicest person in my whole entire class.' Since Olive kept to herself, these revelations forge an unexpected bond between Martha and this classmate she never knew. The other hope Olive confides in the entry is that she could 'one day... go to a real ocean such as the Atlantic or Pacific.' Martha begins an unwitting pilgrimage of sorts: she strolls with her toddler sister to the corner where Olive died and, when she goes to visit her grandmother, Godbee, on Cape Cod, Martha experiences the ocean for Olive and for herself. In brief chapters, Henkes reveals Martha's discovery of life's fleeting qualities, her deepening bond with Godbee, and her first stirrings of romantic feeling and betrayal. Readers can peer through this brief window into Martha's life and witness a maturation, as she becomes a young woman, appreciates life anew and finds a way to give something back to Olive. Ages 10-up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , "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.

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