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by Stephanie Watson

  • ISBN: 0545031842
  • Author: Stephanie Watson
  • ePub ver: 1522 kb
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  • Rating: 4.9 of 5
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks; Reprint edition (June 1, 2010)
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  • Category: Kids
  • Subcategory: Growing Up & Facts of Life
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Elvis & Olive book. Stephanie Watson is the author of two middle-grade novels: Elvis & Olive and Elvis & Olive: Super Detectives, both from Scholastic Press.

Elvis & Olive book. Her first picture book, The Wee Hours, was illustrated by Mary GrandPré and published by Disney-Hyperion in 2013. A proud product of Minneapolis Public Schools, Stephanie attended Sarah Lawrence College.

Elvis and Olive : Super Detectives.

by. Stephanie Watson. Social Issues - Friendship, Juvenile Fiction, Social Situations, Friendship, General, Juvenile Fiction, Children's Books/Ages 9-12 Fiction, Children: Grades 4-6. Publisher. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books. Delaware County District Library (Ohio).

Elvis & Olive by author Stephanie Watson was a Junior Library Guild selection. Like this book? Read the sequel! In Elvis & Olive: Super Detectives, Natalie and Annie help their neighbors solve mysteries both small and large.

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like Elvis and Olive, perhaps, the code-named detectives in Minneapolis writer Stephanie Watson's series. All I know is that when I saw the sign, I laughed and I hoped that whatever their inspiration was, it came from a good book.

I did not stop by the address listed (and which I have blurred here) on Sunday, when I was walking my dog, and so I cannot tell you if Lachlan and Cole are real names, or codes names-like Elvis and Olive, perhaps, the code-named detectives in Minneapolis writer Stephanie Watson's series. Or maybe Lachlan and Cole are fans of Encyclopedia Brown, boy detective. Or Judy Moody, girl detective.

Stephanie Watson lives and works in St. Paul, Minnesota. She is the author of the first two books in Elive & Olive series.

Elvis & Olive (Scholastic Press, 2008) According to WorldCat, the book is held in 774 libraries. Elvis & Olive: Super Detectives (Scholastic Press, 2010) According to WorldCat, the book is held in 527 libraries . Picture books. The Wee Hours, illustrated by Mary GrandPré (Disney-Hyperion, August 27, 2013).

Stephanie Elaine Watson is an American children's book author. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in New York, where she studied fiction writing, theater and dance. Elvis & Olive (Scholastic Press, 2008). Elvis & Olive: Super Detectives (Scholastic Press, 2010). The Wee Hours, illustrated by Mary GrandPré (Disney-Hyperion, 2013). Behold! A Baby, illustrated by Joy Ang (Bloomsbury, 2015). Best Friends in the Universe, illustrated by LeUyen Pham (Scholastic, 2018).

This delightful middle-grade novel is now available in paperback!Natalie and Annie become friends and decide to spend their summer spying on their neighbors. What begins as a game turns serious when their findings are revealed to the neighborhood, and when the girls discover unexpected things about each other. While the girls learn that it's sometimes helpful to reveal secrets, they also learn a lesson about the importance of privacy.
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This excellent book for middle grade readers is full of rich points for discussions about why we make up stories and tell them to others and ourselves. Elvis has had some troubles in her life and she meets her new friend Olive at a critical time. Elvis doesn't tell Olive the truth about her life. Olive knows there is more to the story but approaches the challenge of Elvis' lies in a very healthy way. The plot thickens as the girls form a secret club and begin keeping tabs on the neighborhood, needless to say this ruffles some feathers! Great for boys and girls.
I agree with the previous reviewer who gave the book a "1." That very passage was one of the reasons we decided not to keep the book for our school library.
First-time author Stephanie Watson seems to know a thing or two about what it's like to be 10 ½ in the suburbs. You ride your bike around the block at breakneck speeds. You form secret clubs with your friends. You love spying on your neighbors. But what you don't fully understand is the idea that some things --- especially secrets about other people --- are better left hidden. And that's exactly what the two protagonists learn in EVLIS & OLIVE --- the hard way.

On the first day of summer, Natalie Wallis is incredibly bored. She misses school already and can't fathom spending two months sitting around playing with her younger brother. But when Annie Beckett, the tomboyish girl down the road, introduces herself and suggests they form a covert operation in order to spy on everyone in the neighborhood, Natalie has a sneaky suspicion that her summer won't be so bad after all --- especially when they give themselves code names: Elvis & Olive.

As the days fly by, Elvis (Annie) and Olive (Natalie) uncover bizarre facts about the other families who live on their street. When they discover something incredibly juicy --- like the fact that 50-year-old Sergeant Robert Dewey is building a paper-mâché hot air balloon in his basement, or that snooty 14-year-old Trina George is stealing jewelry by carrying it out of the store in her milkshake --- they write it down on a notecard and post it on the wall of their clubhouse, a musty old crawl space underneath the front porch of Annie's house. Before long, the walls are plastered with secrets (both true and embellished), and the girls begin to think that nothing could be more fun than what they're doing --- until everything takes a turn for the worse.

When Annie mistakenly spills a secret that Natalie has been desperate to keep regarding a certain crush, and Natalie retaliates by blabbering the harsh truth about Annie's past, the girls' friendship seems tarnished for good. Then, when the neighbors find out about what the two have been up to, it's all Natalie can do to get out of bed --- especially because she's grounded. Thankfully, Annie and Natalie eventually realize the error of their ways and learn a valuable lesson about respecting people's privacy and telling the truth.

Although there are a few stock characters in ELVIS & OLIVE (Natalie's prissy, Barbie-like mom and Annie's uncle's trashy girlfriend, Charla), both Annie and Natalie are flavorfully drawn preteens. While none too complicated, the moral is believably hard-won, and readers will get a kick out of the girls' Harriet the Spy-esque adventures.

--- Reviewed by Alexis Burling
Natalie is living a life with prim parents. When summer starts, she meets a young girl named Annie who isn't wearing a shirt and insist on showing her a dead baby bird. Over time, Natalie gets used to hearing Annie's strange tales and the two become good friends.

When they decide to start their own spy business, they anger the neighbors, and Annie's unusual past starts coming to the surface. Who really is Annie, and what about her strange background? Are there really any secrets in the neighborhood to discover?

A fun, friendship-filled story that is easy to read. The characters are memorable and the plot is slow-paced but keeps the reader interested. Those who like realistic fiction and stories like HARRIET THE SPY will enjoy reading ELVIS & OLIVE.

Reviewed by: Kira M
This is a wonderful story about two fourth grade girls who, at first glance, seem to be total opposites. Natalie is shy and polite but Annie, her new neighbor, is a free spirit who dances to her own tune. There is something about her that draws Natalie in, and soon the two embark on a summer of spying on their neighbors. Natalie has never had so much fun . . . until the pair's own secrets come out and threaten to ruin everything.

As the aunt of four nieces, I like to find books for girls that encourage independence and creativity while emphasizing friendship and tolerance. This book incorporates all those values and more, while telling a story that is just plain fun to read. Annie is unlike any other character I've met so far in children's literature; girls--and boys!--will love her. And readers will love following Natalie during a summer when she learns so many things: to find friendship in unlikely places, to have compassion, to stand up for what she thinks is right, and not least, how to deal with her first big crush.

Natalie and Annie's summer adventures aren't just for girls, though--I just sent a copy to my 11 year-old nephew, who is really excited to read a story about a secret society of spies. He definitely didn't care that the story was about two girls, so I would really recommend this book to both girls and boys. . . and adults! I had a great time reading it! This would be a great gift for any kids you know, especially as the summer approaches. You never know. . . they might be inspired to leave the Playstation inside and get out to play!
Harriet the Spy has 21st-century kindred spirits in Natalie and Annie -- neighbors and unlikely new best friends who spend the summer spying on and uncovering secrets of their neighbors.

Going by code names of Elvis and Olive, the girls embellish what they find and post the stories on cards in the headquarters of their secret club. Enthusiasm bordering on recklessness gets them in the sort of trouble that seems like the end of the world to a 10-year-old.

Young readers won't want to put this book down until they find out how Elvis and Olive emerge from the mess they created.

[review originally appeared in the Palo Alto Weekly, 7/9/08]

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