Olive's Ocean
by Kevin Henkes

Martha's classmate Olive has recently died, and Martha can't stop thinking about her. The summer after Olive's death is a real 'growing up' summer for Martha, who is dealing with Olive's death, her grandmother's failing health, and even a possible new boyfriend.

Olive's Ocean is "an eloquent journey into adolescence" (Florida Times-Union) and "few girls will fail to recognize themselves in Martha." (Kirkus Reviews)

Awards Won by this book

   - Newbery Honor Book
   - American Library Association Booklist Editors' Choice
   - American Library Association Best Fiction for Young Adults
   - Horn Book Fanfare
   - New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age
   - American Library Association Notable Children's Book

Reading Levels for this book

Interest Level:  Gr. 5-8            DRA Level:  50               Lexile Measure:  680L
Grade Equivalent:  4.8           Guided Reading: V

This book was an honoree for the prestigious Newbery Award for best children's literature. Click to see the full list of Newbery Award Winners.

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