Academic journal article New England Reading Association Journal

Olive's Ocean

Academic journal article New England Reading Association Journal

Olive's Ocean

Article excerpt

HENKES, KEVIN. (2005). Olive's Ocean. New York: HarperCollins Children's Books. ISBN 0-06-053545-8.

Imagine a ringing doorbell at your home. The visitor is for you. She doesn't really want to come in or even talk very much. She simply wants to hand you a paper written by her daughter, a girl you recognize but did not really know, who has now passed away. You accept the paper and close the door. Now what?

Enter the story of Olive's Ocean, a carefully crafted coming-of-age novel for young adolescents. The text is an emotionally compelling story, revolving around Martha's search for meaning. In just a few weeks time, Martha is betrayed by a boy into a first kiss, worries about her grandmother who is likely to be more frail than she lets on, adjusts to her father's decision to return to work after years of trying to become a published writer, and tries to understand why Olive, now deceased, would have written about her in her journal. …

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