ElvisOlive

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.
ElvisOlive 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

  • Title: ElvisOlive
  • Author: StephanieWatson
  • ISBN: 9780545031837
  • Page: 224
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “ElvisOlive”

    1. This book was so cute! It was well-written and had a great plot. Two girls, Natalie and Annie are pretty different from each other when they meet at the beginning of summer. But after spending a whole summer spying on neighbors together, they find out that it makes them even better friends. This is a great book for elementary school kids to read but I learned some things too. Overall, this book deserves to be better known than it is.

    2. Gr 4-6-Ten-year-old Natalie is resigned to a quiet summer of riding her bike around the neighborhood and entertaining herself. But when she almost crashes into the new kid on the block on the first day of vacation, she quickly realizes that this summer is going to be anything but ordinary. Annie is brash and outspoken, and adamant that the far-fetched stories she tells about herself are true. She lives with her uncle, who provides minimal supervision. Natalie's mother tries to steer her daughter [...]

    3. Natlie was a fourth grade perfect girl who went to a private school and always was nice, pleasent, and smart. When summer begain Natlie expected it to be a drag and just wanted school to start again. Untill she met Annie, the girl who just had moved in across the street. Natlie and Annie could not be more diffrent. Annie was nothing like Natlie, Annie liked to make up stories, lie, and yell. they relized that they liked the differences about each other and spied on the neighborhood together. I p [...]

    4. This book reminds me of some of my favorites; Harriet the Spy, Ramona, etc. I think it will become a classic. Since it rarely, if ever, mentions TV, computers or video games, it feels timeless. It inspires its young (and not so young) readers to get off the screens and their cell phones and start living a creative, curious, and adventurous life, face-to-face with a real human. Watson's writing reminds me of the wholesome, timeless books of 30 or 40 years ago. Her obvious respect and admiration f [...]

    5. Elvis and Olive By Stephanie Watson.In this Book if you enjoy books that have funny, exiting and that are about best friends. This book reminds me about another book called Clementine by Sarah PennyPacker. Even though olives mother does approve of them being friends and her family dose not realize that Elvis and Olive have a secret club house and they are spying, steeling and crushing on her neighbors. As the only clubhouse members Elvis and Olive do many interesting, weird, outgoing, yet differ [...]

    6. I learned about this middle-grade book from my 10-year-old niece, of all people. She really liked it, and so do I. Opposites attract, so it's no wonder that straight-arrow, bookwormy Natalie is fascinated by eccentric Annie, who lies compulsively and goes around without a shirt when it gets too hot. They start a spying club and spy on all their neighbors - predictably, the secrets get out and everyone gets mad at the girls. What isn't predictable is the way the characters are described, with the [...]

    7. How can you not like a character whose favorite shirt is a choir outfit found when dumpster diving? Annie has recently moved into 11 year old Natalie’s suburban neighborhood. Where Annie is eccentric and bold, Natalie is studious and shy. The two form a secret club with the codenames of Elvis and Olive. During the summer, they fastidiously gather their neighbors’ secrets. But when secrets of their own are revealed, they learn that some secrets are not meant to be shared by others. The two ch [...]

    8. Natalie and Annie could not be more different. Natalie is a private school girl whose parents are orderly and neat. Annie lives with her uncle who works in a bar and is on the poor side. The two form an unlikely friendship over the summer and Natalie is taken aback by Annie's strange ways. But when Annie proposes that the two form a spying club to spy on the neighborhood, Annie agrees and becomes Olive (her secret spying name, of course). Annie, as Elvis, leads the spying and soon the two girls [...]

    9. Two neighborhood girls who live in very different social circles become friends and begin a summer project of spying on their neighbors. It's a lot like Harriet the Spy - when someone writes down lots of secrets about other people, you know it's bound to fall into the wrong hands - but it has another serious component as well. In the course of their friendship, the girls deal with the issue of telling a good story vs. lying, and "Olive," who thinks she knows everything, learns important life les [...]

    10. I read this book because my ten-year old daughter read it first and was adamant that I would love it. I did like it, although it stretched credibility a bit. While I liked that Natalie decides to become Annie's friend, would someone with such a restricted background so easily embrace sitting in the dirt under the porch with a shirtless, filthy girl? Hard to believe. The two main characters were fairly complex for a middle-school novel, and it was a quick, interesting read. I did quibble with the [...]

    11. In spite of their differences, Natalie Wallis and Annie Beckett become friends and decide to spend their summer spying on their neighbors.It's not a classic by a long stretch, nor is it even that original. It seems to pull from a lot of favorite children's books, especially Harriet the Spy, but it's a sweet, engaging read that mixes quirky humor with a sense of realism: these girls and their neighborhood is instantly identifiable to the reader. This is a wonderful story of friendship for 3rd-4th [...]

    12. This is a wonderful book to read. I really enjoyed reading about Annie and Natalie's exploits. The girls are sneaking around the neighborhood gathering secrets about their neighbors. Natalie's big secret is Steven. She loves him. Annie's big secret, her mother just up and left her one day. All of this comes to a head at the neighborhood cookout. Natalie and Annie have a big fight in front of the whole neighborhood. The secret of them spying comes out when Noah, Steven's brother, passes out all t [...]

    13. This started out a little strange for me, but as I continued reading, I got swept along. "Elvis," or Annie, is a little strange, abandoned by her mother and raised by an uncle, she begins the summer roaming shirtless (at 10 or 11 years old) with dirty feet. Natalie, or "Olive," is part of an uptight family and the friendship between the two ends up working out really well. They balance each other out. The 'secrets' theme is also well-done, sort of Harriet-the-Spy-ish, but as a team.Kids who are [...]

    14. NO for black-eyed susanS for our library.It's a tricky thing, finding books that will appeal to both boys and girls. Unfortunately, I think Elvis and Olive is a little too "girly" for our boys. It is very well-written, however, with a lot of humor. On a side note, what's up with the cover?! In no way could I believe the pictured teenage, cutesy, scheming girls could possibly be our main characters (a 9-year-old tomboy and a 12-year-old private school smarty).Oh well, inside the author's written [...]

    15. I grabbed this one out of the galley pile at the store one day when I needed something to read at lunch. It’s solid realistic, opposites attract, friendship fiction, if somewhat exaggerated. Each of the girls is an extreme- the straight-A good girl from a health-food yuppie family, and the off-beat, free spirit, untruthful girl with a questionable history. There are plenty of morals, and you won’t miss them, but I’m sure kids will be amused by Annie’s antics, and may identify with her sl [...]

    16. If you like spy books, this book would be great. This book is really realistic, it's like we are spying with them! My opinion on this book is 4/5 stars because it's not perfect, I read this because I like realistic or a diary-like books, not spying books. I hope you enjoy reading this book and thinking that this book is right for you!

    17. Natalie and Annie dub themselves "Elvis and Olive" and start a secret spy club in which they try to find out all their neighbors secrets - with some unfortunate results.This book was just OK. Natalie/Elvis was a bit too over the top for my taste. I just never really bought it all.

    18. I think this was an average book. Some parts got me really agitiated, like Noah and when they hammered people's cars. I'm not going to read the next one and I don't think that you need to to understand what happens to them. Favorite Character: Natalie

    19. A simple story that reminded me of books I would have read as a child. I loved itStephanie Watson nailed the dialogue, feelings, and expressions of 8 or 9 year-old girls. Great book especially because it is her first book!

    20. aside from the fact that I illustrated this book (which is reason enough for you to own it ;)) the story itself is quite lovely. I truly thing that Stephanie Watson is going to be a huge name for young adult literature and I'm honored to have worked on her first book.

    21. Watson's first novel is great! I loved the characters (especially Natalie) and the story. But what I loved best was the writing--the attention to detail as well as the wonderfully precise and fresh turns of phrase. I can't wait to read more from her!

    22. This book is reminiscent of Harriet the Spy. Two young girls spend their summer spying on their neighbors, but things aren't always what they seem. It is a cautionary tale about being too nosey and the trouble that gossip can bring. This book would be appropriate for students in grades 3-6.

    23. The tone of this one was slightly odd, as it was probably intended for 3rd-5th graders but much of the writing sounded like an adult. I'm beginning to think think that this is a very difficult age to write for, as it's so hard to nail that voice. The ending was pretty darn awesome, though.

    24. Elvis and olive show true friendship to each other and to other people. I highly recommend this book to everyone who is looking for a book with friendship, interesting and different personalitys, or to anyone who wants a book about spys.

    25. Well, so far it's good, but one of the main characters, Elvis, is really weird.But, basically, what I'm saying is, it's good.

    26. Goodie two shoes private school kid meets and gets to know someone who is from the wrong side of town so to speak.It is a good middle elementary school level novel about friendship.

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