Olive's Ocean

Book review by Matt Berman, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 11+

Gentle, moving coming-of-age story.

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 23 reviews

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age 11+

Nothing Out of the Ordinary in Olive's Ocean

I read the book for an assignment in college, and because it was listed on the banned books list, I thought it was going to be worse than what it was. The book had mild language issues, and one scene where sex is openly mentioned, but otherwise nothing that I would consider to be anywhere near inappropriate for young minds who are looking for ways of expressing themselves. In fact, I wish I would have read this book as a child because I believe it would have accelerated my thoughts of becoming a writer and made it seem like a more attainable goal in my mind. With these facts in mind, I would have no problem using this book in my curriculum or having it in my classroom library if I were a teacher. It was well written and had a positive message, I recommend it.

This title has:

Too much sex
Educational value
age 11+

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