Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Pip: the Story of Olive by Kim Kane

Kane, Kim. Pip: The Story of Olive. David Fickling Books, 2008. Pgs. 240. Language: G, Sexual Content: G, Violence: G.

Olive lives an unusual life. She has never known her father. Her mother is hardly ever home and her only companionship is her friend, Mathilda, who lives farther into town. When her only friend decided to become her enemy, Olive almost gives up on life until she looks into a mirror and gets introduced to Pip Garnout, her twin that only she can see, but everyboy can hear. With Pip’s help, Olive decides to try and find out what her father is up to and where he lives. Through a little detective and a little bit of courage, Olive might just achieve her dream, but will Olive’s father be what she expects? Will Olive ever get another friend? Will Mathilda forever be her enemy? A unique realistic fiction story about friendship, self-discovery, and adventure. Although the story is slower-paced, the characters are fun to read about and Olive’s inner dialogue is worth the read. Readers who like realistic fiction and adventure will enjoy reading this book. EL(4 to 6). OPTIONAL. Reviewer: Kira, Youth Services Librarian, HUN Public Library.

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