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Olivia Bean, Trivia Queen Hardcover – March 13, 2012
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“This tale will have readers cheering for the resilient, resourceful Olivia”--Kirkus, Starred Review
"The real draw in this tender, triumphant novel from Gephart is Olivia's successful progression through Jeopardy!'s hoops and the happy ending for our particulary deserving contestant."--Publisher's Weekly
"Gephart has crafted a convincing narrative about a child trying to make sense of a complex adult world."--School, Library Journal
"A tender, funny portrayal of a girl learning to appreciate both what she has and what she has to offer."--The Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books, Recommended
"Gephart keeps all the parts moving, even adding a dollop of romance."--Booklist
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When they announce the kids' tournament, Olivia can't wait to sign up. It's the last year she'll be eligible to participate in the challenge. Through a series of fortune events, she finds herself as one of the chosen ones.
Olivia crams with trivia from across the board. Her mom helps her by creating flashcards. Charlie showers her with gross facts. Neil brings home trivia books from the library, where he works. Her neighbor Tucker helps her brush up on her worse subject, geography.
With all of the trivia swirling in her head, will Olivia achieve her dream?
My Thoughts: This book packs a punch and I wasn't expecting it. I wasn't expecting to become teary eyed during one of the final scenes. I adored this book (which the author wrote as a challenge during NaNoWriMo).
On the surface, it's a great story about a girl who loves trivia and strives to achieve her dream. As you dig deeper, it's about a family that comes together. Olivia misses her Dad like crazy. As you uncover more about the reasons the family broke up, you realize that her father is a horrible parent. Olivia doesn't loose hope. She's still believes that her father will be there for her. When her mother loses her job, she hides away from the world. Neil steps in to take care of Olivia and Charlie, her adorable but annoying brother. At first, Olivia doesn't like Neil. She doesn't want him living in their house, but eventually, she begins to recognize that he genuinely cares for her.Read more ›
Q: Who is author Donna Gephart?
A: This new book about a trivia obsessed girl is a sure hit with middle grade readers.
Q: What is Olivia Bean, Trivia Queen?
It's Donna Gephart's new book, for goodness sake! You've read How to Survive Middle School. You've checked off As If Being 12 3/4 Isn't Bad Enough, My Mother Is Running for President! on your TBR list. Now it's time to read another Gephart gem! It's Olivia Bean, Trivia Queen.
I LOVED Olivia! I have so many students, boys and girls, who will love Olivia and her not-so-trivial story! I not only loved Olivia, I loved Olivia's younger brother, Charlie; he was such a sweetie. I loved his hankering for gross trivia. (Did you know there are 516,000 bacteria in each square inch of armpit? Charlie does!)
Even though it took Olivia some time to warm up to Neil, her mom's boyfriend, I knew from the moment that he belted out Aretha (not to mention the fact that he's a librarian) that he was going to be one of the good guys in the story.
I was impressed by Tucker and enjoyed him immensely. What a super 'frenemy'.
Donna wove pieces of herself into Olivia, and I loved loved loved what she did with the Hula-Hoop incident. I knew I had to keep reading to find out what that was all about and why it tortured Olivia. And then I read about the fifth grade talent show and how Tucker was waiting offstage and what he said and how he said it and how Olivia finally realized HOW he said it....Oh my! No spoilers here! You must read this one for yourself!
Olivia Bean, Trivia Queen is a keeper! It has found a special place in my classroom library and has already been read by several students. Everyone who has read Olivia has loved their time spent with this special young lady.
Do yourself a favor and spend some time with Olivia today!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
"I love this book! It's full of awesome trivia." --My 10-year-old daughterPublished 5 months ago by Bill Jones
Olivia bean is a great role model for kids. This book was a lot of fun to read for my third grader.Published 8 months ago by Laouli
Awesome book with lots of trivia!
You will like it, especially if you like to watch Jeopardy. It's about a family you can relate to.
It's a very well written book, and enjoyed it very much. It was A W E S O M E!!!Published 9 months ago by David Widjaja
Lots of trivia, both serious and 'gross'. Deals with family issues in a divorced family, as well as the game jeopardy.Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer