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Operation Yes Hardcover – September 1, 2009
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[T]his story of middle-school classmates who come together to honor their teacher and her war-injured brother entertains. . . . Miss Loupe is the kind of teacher every kid dreams about, and the all for one, one for all” mentality that comes through as the students band together is inspiring.” -- Publishers Weekly
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. . . . 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.” -- Kirkus Reviews
The classroom is often a place of lessons, but Holmes tells her storyinfused with details of military lifewith heart and energy, and leaves any didacticism at the door. Sixth graders, military brats or not, will identify with this rich cast.” -- Horn Book
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[T]he most buoyant example of ensemble work since E. L. Konigsburg's The View from Saturday (1996) and the best of Gregory Maguire's Hamlet Chronicles. . . . Flicking among points of view with increasing speed, Holmes tracks the blossoming of Bo Whaley, an often-in-trouble kinetic learner who takes to improv like a duck to water; his just-arrived cousin Gari (who will without doubt grow up to be a professional campaign manager); and a supporting cast of gently caricatured classmates, parents, and faculty. Though only a small part is actually written as a script, the entire tale is purest stagecraft: quick, funny, sad, full of heart, and irresistibly absorbing." --Booklist, starred review (named as one of 2009's Top Ten Arts Books for Youth)
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I knew as I was reading it that it was a children's book.
And somehow, as I got to the end, I forgot all of that and found that it wasn't ONLY a children's book. It was a thoroughly enjoyable tale about a small cast of sixth graders and their wonderfully unconventional sixth-grade teacher. Told, and told well, from the viewpoint of a sixth-grader, reading Operation Yes is almost like being back in a sixth grade yourself, minus the tripping over things and grass stains on the jeans.
The backdrop of the story, a fictional Air Force fighter base in a nation at war, serves both as a credible setting and a constant reminder of the outside world. In a fashion all too common on and around military bases, but atypical for the average group of 6th grade students, the outside world intrudes abruptly into the daily routine, sparking a decidedly unconventional response by students and staff.
Operation Yes not only illustrates some of Long War's effects on military families and communities, but does it with compelling characters, a delightful story, and an emotionally stirring finale. The book rings with authenticity, from the "click" of flightsuits in the clothes dryer (a flightsuit has 8 metal zippers of varying length) through the day-to-day activities common to fighter bases, to the family adaptations called for by remote assignments, constant moves, and recurring combat deployments. Thought-provoking reading; I can't wait for the movie.