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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,205 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kevin Henkes Narrator: Blair Brown Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2005 ISBN:
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Olive Barstow was dead. She'd been hit by a car on Monroe Street while riding her bicycle weeks ago. That was about all Martha knew.

Martha Boyle and Olive Barstow could have been friends. But they weren't, and now all that is left are eerie connections between two girls who were in the same grade at school and who both kept the same secret without knowing it.

Now Martha can't stop thinking about Olive. A family summer on Cape Cod should help banish those thoughts; instead, they seep in everywhere.

And this year Martha's routine at her beloved grandmother's beachside house is complicated by the Manning boys. Jimmy, Tate, Todd, Luke, and Leo. But especially Jimmy. What if, what if, what if, what if?

The world can change in a minute.

Olive's Ocean was a 2004 Newbery Medal Honor Book.

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Denelle | 2/16/2014

    " Read this because I was thinking of getting it for my niece for Christmas. Kept hoping it would get better. It didn't. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Georgia | 2/16/2014

    " I liked this book, but it was a little dark... and odd how the main character found herself connected to a dead girl. Still, it was a touching read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 2/4/2014

    " This was another cute little book that I read quickly. I seem to not have much spare time right now and this book fit the bill. I love Kevin Henkes' picture books and this book was fun to read. I loved the relationship between the girl and her grandmother. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kimbolimbo | 2/4/2014

    " Wasn't what I was expecting. I was looking for something mystical. This one was a serious book about a girl and her emotions right at the cusp of becoming a teenager. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 10-11 Ashley | 1/26/2014

    " I have finally finished this book! I think it was a great book, but in the begining it was not very good to me but after that one sentence the book was awsome. I think this book was really good because the main character Martha has began to come close to here surroundings and then she learns to love life and have fun with who she loves. I hope you get a chance to read it, because if you don't you'll miss out on a lot! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jazmin? | 1/26/2014

    " This book's about a girl named Martha. Her and her family are packing for their yearly family vacation during the summerwith their grandmother near an ocean. While they're still packing, a woman comes by the door and gives Martha a paper. The paper is a page from Olive's diary. Olive was a quiet girl who died a few months ago, she was hit by a car. The diary entry told about how Olive wanted to be friends with Martha. Martha felt bad, eventhough Martha never really knew Olive. And this haunted Martha and changed her summer upside down. Her summer consisted of her first kiss, two boys, making sure her grandmother wasn't dying, and "Olives' ocean". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sally | 1/26/2014

    " Martha is a sensitive 13 year old who loves to write. For summer vacation she goes to her grandmother's house--as they do each year--but this summer she learns more about herself and the people she loves. Sweet story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jamie | 12/30/2013

    " Enjoyed this book. Quick read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shelby Murphy | 12/21/2013

    " One of my favorite young adult books. I can't remember how many times I read this from 5th to 8th grade. The emotions are written so well and flow easily for a tween to understand. It was one of my first "serious" books I really had ever read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Samantha | 12/6/2013

    " Exemplifying what two friends will do to share a secret, when they're across the country from eachother. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Krista the Krazy Kataloguer | 10/26/2013

    " It was OK but I really don't think it deserved a Newbery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie | 6/8/2013

    " I read this book during the summer for my school's summer reading challenge. I think this book is kind of sad because Olive died young... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kylee | 5/18/2013

    " perhaps if i had read this book when i was younger i would have liked it more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzan | 5/7/2013

    " A good story but I was dissapointed by some of the language and dialogue between a brother and sister about how to tell when their parents had had sex. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Audrey Thalheim | 10/25/2012

    " A young writer who's mind is sent on a journey when her classmate......... dies. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cortney | 10/20/2012

    " Really good for pre-teen girls (10-12ish). Protagonist is a 12-year old girl. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Madeline | 9/19/2012

    " LOVE IT!!!!! really good book and everyone who reads this book will absolutly love it!! :D "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Audrey | 8/26/2012

    " this book is a great one, it's about a girl who falls for a boy but that boy's younger brother has already fallen for the girl from a long time ago! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Faye | 5/5/2012

    " Martha and Olive were not friends. Olive was killed. Soon after Olive's Mother gave Martha a page from Olive's journal. The page had a profound effect on Martha. It was an eerie feeling during a family vacation at the ocean. Martha began to realize how quickly life can change. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Casper | 11/29/2011

    " Filled with teen drama, short and easy to read chapters. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alyssa | 11/23/2011

    " Maybe I just have a strong opinion. . but I just read it and it stink. The writing was fine but I just didn't like any of the characters, or the plot, or the dialogue, which was unrealistic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ron Christiansen | 7/18/2011

    " Multiple parallel plots. No big perfect ending--goes to deliver baby jar of sea water but Olive's mom has moved. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 5/20/2011

    " I really liked this book because it dealed with death and mourning in a nondepressing way. I'll def. it again! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lily | 5/18/2011

    " intense and sad but very good I recomend it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 4/26/2011

    " I loved the book, best book I ever read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nikki | 4/5/2011

    " I actually got this book referred to me by a friend. They said the book was heartbreaking. So I think this is gonna be a good book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nami | 3/31/2011

    " It is a GREAT book. If you enjoy sort of sad and betraying and a small i mean small love story This is the book for you






    Taylor swift quote:



    "It's hard to fight when the fight ain't fair." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew | 3/27/2011

    " Nice little book. Quick read. Nice, optimistic, open ending. You know I'm not a fan of the "all the pieces fall into place" happy ending, so I was relieved that Henkes refrained. Would love to read a book about Olive, who is a minor character in this book. Maybe I'll write my own. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 THE{Youth}*OF*[Today]~IS~Our(Tomorrow) | 3/27/2011

    " This is an amazing book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tooba | 3/8/2011

    " This book really makes you think.... "

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About the Author
Author Kevin Henkes

Kevin Henkes is the author and illustrator of many books for children of all ages, including Lilly’s Purple Plastic PurseChrysanthemum, and Wemberly Worried. He was awarded the Caldecott Medal for Kitten’s First Full Moon, a Caldecott Honor for Owen, and a Newbery Honor for Olive’s Ocean. He lives with his family in Madison, Wisconsin.

About the Narrator

Blair Brown is a Tony Award–winning actor. Her best known role is Nina Sharp from the television series Fringe. She prepares for recording audiobooks the same way she does for her other roles: by reading the text three times.