OPERATION YES by Sara Lewis Holmes

OPERATION YES

Age Range: 9 - 12
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KIRKUS REVIEW

In this lively, often funny novel, an enthusiastic teacher brings improv to restless sixth graders at a rundown school on a North Carolina Air Force base. Her recruits include Bo, son of the base commander, and Bo’s troubled cousin Gari, who joins Bo’s family under protest when her mom is redeployed to Iraq. Enduring substandard living conditions, frequent moves and abrupt deployments to far-off wars, these military families are mutually supportive, dedicated to service and proud of what they achieve under considerable stress. The kids warm to Miss Loupe, who teaches them to embrace life’s possibilities through the arts, but after her brother is reported missing in Afghanistan, she loses her joyful resilience. As Bo and his friends plot a way to help, Gari must choose between joining them and pursuing a plan to bring her Mom home. Pitched to readers in both military and civilian families, this engaging story avoids larger questions of war and peace, focusing instead on how they affect the lives of American kids who deal with the consequences every day. (Fiction. 9-12)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-545-10795-2
Page count: 256pp
Publisher: Levine/Scholastic
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 2009




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