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Oliver feels as excited as his classmates when their third-grade teacher describes the upcoming space sleepover. They’ll spend the night at school, see the stars and planets through a telescope, play space games, and watch a science-fiction movie. But Oliver knows he won’t be able to go because his overprotective parents don’t allow sleepovers. When Crystal, his solar system diorama partner, intervenes to help Oliver air his opinions, he begins to see a path toward independence. Mills creates believable characters who express the emotional nuances as well as the practical difficulties of Oliver’s predicament. The scene in which Oliver watches his mother and father start to make his diorama themselves offers a painfully accurate portrayal of over-involved parents. But perhaps the most notable achievement of the book is to show Crystal and Oliver changing their minds about an issue (whether Pluto should be called a planet) as they learn more about it. An engaging and thought-provoking chapter book. Grades 2-4. --Carolyn Phelan
Kids . . . will appreciate this warm and humorous story about one family's struggle for balance. (BookPage)
Personable and friendly, with touches of rueful humor. (STARRED, Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books)
Mills has a knack for creating characters who demand compassion due to a pitch-perfect sense of humor and pathos. (School Library Journal)
An engaging and though-provoking chapter book. (Booklist)
Mills's previous beginning chapter books have been stellar, and this one is no exception. (The Horn Book)
Oliver may not change the world by the end of his diorama project, but he will certainly provide a fast-paced, entertaining read to the chapter-book audience. (Kirkus Reviews)
First, i would love to tell you why you will love this book.
It has real facts about space. Another thing is it's just a
great old book and the best grown-up wrote it,... Read more
Excellent narration, good story, interesting and realistic characters, want to read this book many times - How Oliver Olson changed the worldPublished 10 months ago by umamaheswaram vs pullela
I used this book as a mentor text and found it was very helpful. I would recommend this book .Published on August 20, 2013 by Terry Mc Neal
I selected this book because I am a "little" over protective of my kids...I thought it would be a fun book to read at bedtime and I was right. Read morePublished on March 20, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Got this book for my nephew who is in third grade. The reading level should be par for that age group.Published on December 7, 2011 by Alicia Meyer