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Easter Ann Peters' Operation Cool Paperback – October 22, 2012
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From School Library Journal
Gr 5-7-Seventh grade is off to a rocky start for Easter Ann. She is being bullied by Horse Girl, the most popular girl in her class, and her only friends are Yoplait, her cat, and Amigo, her dog. Her father works all the time and is oblivious to Easter Ann's attempts at hiding her mother's drinking, so she implements Operation Cool, a plan to improve her life. When she becomes friends with Wreni, the new girl in her small lakeside town, Operation Cool doesn't seem so impossible. Tommy Hansen, the best-looking boy in her class, seems interested in her, and she develops a friendship with Connor, a student who encourages her to pursue her love of photography. As her mother descends deeper into alcoholism, Easter Ann begins to suffer the impact not only at home, but also at school and in her new friendships. It all comes to a head at the talent show when the adults finally realize what is going on and take steps toward positive change. Reveals at the end about Horse Girl and Connor seem a bit contrived, but the friendship between Wreni and Easter Ann hits all the right notes. The protagonist's struggles are well drawn and feel real. Unfortunately, the childish cover may deter the target audience from trying the book. Resources for children dealing with alcoholic loved ones are appended. This is a solid choice for its realistic portrayal of middle school and a child's struggle with an alcoholic parent.-Kefira Phillipe, Nichols Middle School, Evanston, ILα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
ForeWord Reviews' 2012 Book of the Year in juvenile fiction
"Debut author Jody Lamb nails the seventh-grade mentality in her funny, loving ode to an outcast... irresistible heroine..." - ForeWord Reviews (spring 2013)
"...poignantly deals with parental alcoholism...belongs on the shelf of every school counselor in America." - Betty Ford Institute
"A sensitive look at how alcoholism affects the entire family, especially the children. A message of hope and the possibility of healing....powerful." - Jerry Moe, National Director of Children's Programs, Betty Ford Center
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Seventh grade can be a vexing time and author Jody Lamb's choice for Easter's setting provides a perfect balance of disorder at school and at home for the middlegrade audience and the serious topic of family alcoholism.
Despite the ongoing situation with her family, Easter's story is fun, funny and upbeat. And I love the subtle reminders that this novel takes place in my former home state - Michigan. :)
Resource List is included in the back – help for those concerned about a family member’s alcohol use.
I am an adult man and have to say I really enjoyed reading this book. I finished it in a day. This is the first time I laughed and cried while reading a book. It is that good. Jody Lamb did an excellent job portraying characters and I felt like I actually got to know them personally. She was spot on describing a shy person, especially with the humorous inner dialog of the character Easter Ann Peters. There is something to learn for all ages. This book is a good reminder of how our adult decisions affects others, especially kids. Your heart will sink for the characters in this book. You will realize that although it is just a book, the story is true for so many kids. All adults struggle with something...and this book reminds us how our struggle can spiral out of hand and affect the lives of others.
YOU WILL NOT REGRET YOUR PURCHASE! Enjoy. I would recommend buying a couple because you will know someone that could use this book. If you are a teacher, I recommend reading it and I bet you will want your students to read it (elementary, middle school, high school and college). I do not usually read books like this...but I am happy I did.
I'm looking forward to reading more books from Jody Lamb!
I found this video about the author, I thought it may be helpful to others....she tells us why she writes to help others [...]
I love this book because it's fun and sad and educational. It's a brave author that can tackle the serious problem of alcohol abuse, make us smile, have us reach for a tissue, and find ourselves cheering, all within the covers of a little book. You can catch a glimpse of author, Jody Lamb, by reading the acknowledgments at the back of the book. Interesting woman.
You'll fall in love with the well-intentioned awkwardness of 12-year-old Easter instantly. You'll laugh at her silly jokes, and your heart will cry for the heavy problems she's facing with such bravery.
Kudos to Jody for using her talent and passion to help young people!
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I bought one for my niece as well, she read it at the same time as me.Read more
This obvious labor of love will help a lot of children dealing with alcoholic loved ones.Read more