Guided Reading Level: V
Grades: 6 & up
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Subject: Death, Grief, and Loss, Extended Families, Friends and Friendship, Bullying, Understanding Self and Others.
Olive’s Ocean by Kevin Henkes – is a wonderful story of Martha Boyle, a 12 year old girl, who is dealing with death and grief during her coming of age summer vacation. The novel explores a number of themes; bullying, grief, family dynamics, emotions, and understanding of self and others. A Newbery Award winner of 2004, “Olive Ocean” is a gem.
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