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Operation Do-Over

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Time travel, second chances in wacky middle school tale.

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Time travel meets middle school in Gordon Korman's hysterical, poignant, relatable tale of a friendship gone bad and a second chance to make it right. Operation Do-Over takes the 17-year-old narrator back to his 12-year-old self and the fateful moment when a girl came between him and his best friend. It's been one catastrophe after another ever since, so he's determined to do better this time. Seeing things through older eyes gives him a lot of insight into what to avoid -- and also makes him notice a lot of social dynamics he missed the first time around. Hilarity, heartstring-tugging, and hard-won wisdom ensue, and, as often happens with stories of timeline-tampering, unexpected things happen.

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