Easter Ann Peters' Operation Cool

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"This year's going to be a good one. The kind that I need."

Twelve-year-old Easter Ann Peters has a plan to make seventh grade awesome: Operation Cool. She's determined to erase years of being known as the quiet, straight-A student who can't think of a decent comeback to a bully she calls Horse Girl. When the confident new girl, Wreni, becomes her long-needed best friend, Easter lets her personality shine. The coolest guy in school takes a sudden interest.

But as tough times at ...

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Overview

"This year's going to be a good one. The kind that I need."

Twelve-year-old Easter Ann Peters has a plan to make seventh grade awesome: Operation Cool. She's determined to erase years of being known as the quiet, straight-A student who can't think of a decent comeback to a bully she calls Horse Girl. When the confident new girl, Wreni, becomes her long-needed best friend, Easter lets her personality shine. The coolest guy in school takes a sudden interest.

But as tough times at school fade away, so does a happy life at home. Mom is drinking, and Easter works double-overtime to keep their secret in the tiny lakeside town.

Operation Cool derails. Fast. Can Easter discover the solution in time? Or will seventh grade be her worst year yet?

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Editorial Reviews

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Gr 5–7—Seventh grade is off to a rocky start for Easter Ann. She is being bullied by Horse Girl, the most popular girl in her class, and her only friends are Yoplait, her cat, and Amigo, her dog. Her father works all the time and is oblivious to Easter Ann's attempts at hiding her mother's drinking, so she implements Operation Cool, a plan to improve her life. When she becomes friends with Wreni, the new girl in her small lakeside town, Operation Cool doesn't seem so impossible. Tommy Hansen, the best-looking boy in her class, seems interested in her, and she develops a friendship with Connor, a student who encourages her to pursue her love of photography. As her mother descends deeper into alcoholism, Easter Ann begins to suffer the impact not only at home, but also at school and in her new friendships. It all comes to a head at the talent show when the adults finally realize what is going on and take steps toward positive change. Reveals at the end about Horse Girl and Connor seem a bit contrived, but the friendship between Wreni and Easter Ann hits all the right notes. The protagonist's struggles are well drawn and feel real. Unfortunately, the childish cover may deter the target audience from trying the book. Resources for children dealing with alcoholic loved ones are appended. This is a solid choice for its realistic portrayal of middle school and a child's struggle with an alcoholic parent.—Kefira Phillipe, Nichols Middle School, Evanston, IL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780985956202
  • Publisher: Scribe Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 8/27/2012
  • Pages: 268
  • Sales rank: 495,056
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Jody Lamb, author of middle-grade novel Easter Ann Peters' Operation Cool, is a passionate advocate for kids with alcoholic loved ones. She hopes her books generate greater discussion and awareness about coping with the effects of loved ones' alcoholism. After reading nearly everything written about alcoholism and its effect on families, she believes there's great need for contemporary, effective books on the subject for young people. Jody is currently writing non-fiction books for kids related to seeking help and coping when loved ones are addicted to alcohol or other drugs. She intends to find a way to provide those books at no cost to kids. Her first young adult novel is also in progress. Jody is a lifelong fan of books, writing, dogs, peppermint ice cream, ear-to-ear smiles, insides-twisting laughter and her family. She's been told she's pretty ungrownup, for a grownup, in a good way. By day, Jody is a corporate public relations manager. She earned a journalism degree from Michigan State University. Jody lives in metro Detroit in the beautiful Michigan mitten.

She hopes you'll say hi at JodyLamb.com or connect with her on twitter (@jodymlamb), facebook.com/JodyLambAuthor and Google+ (
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2013

    I read this book because of my own experience with alcoholic lov

    I read this book because of my own experience with alcoholic loved ones.
    It struck so many familiar chords with me that it was sometimes hard to read through the tears.
    This book should be in every public library and certainly every grade school library. It struck me as a labor
    of love and I believe that thousands of children will be comforted knowing they are not alone. Order a copy
     for yourself and better yet, order a copy for your local library as well. 

    5 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2013

    I lovveeeeeed this book! I had to do a book project for english,

    I lovveeeeeed this book! I had to do a book project for english, and I chose this book because its so different! It reminds me of one of my friends and a lot of the things the book said sounded like things she has been through and it helped me understand a lot better and to not judge someone when they're having a bad day. I found this book searching for books for my english project and I'm so glad I read it....The main person/character girl easter is really relatable because a lot of the stuff she thought about and worried about also related to me!! I loved it <3 read it if you haven't ;)

    4 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2013

    This book is for adult men and women, teens and kids! I am an a

    This book is for adult men and women, teens and kids!

    I am an adult man and have to say I really enjoyed reading this book. I finished it in a day. This is the first time I laughed and cried while reading a book. It is that good. Jody Lamb did an excellent job portraying characters and I felt like I actually got to know them personally. She was spot on describing a shy person, especially with the humorous inner dialog of the character Easter Ann Peters. There is something to learn for all ages. This book is a good reminder of how our adult decisions affects others, especially kids. Your heart will sink for the characters in this book. You will realize that although it is just a book, the story is true for so many kids. All adults struggle with something...and this book reminds us how our struggle can spiral out of hand and affect the lives of others.

    YOU WILL NOT REGRET YOUR PURCHASE! Enjoy. I would recommend buying a couple because you will know someone that could use this book. If you are a teacher, I recommend reading it and I bet you will want your students to read it (elementary, middle school, high school and college). I do not usually read books like this...but I am happy I did.

    I'm looking forward to reading more books from Jody Lamb, I can tells she will be writing to help others like she did in this book, and I like books that help people. - Mark

    4 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2013

    There are two wonderful stories here. There is the inspiring sto

    There are two wonderful stories here. There is the inspiring story of young Easter Ann and how she deals not only with the "normal" trials of adolescence but also her sad secret. And then there is the author's own story - one of determination and hope and her own inspirational path to seeing her dream to fruition, helping young people who are worried about or negatively affected by a loved one's alcoholism.. Congratulations, Ms. Lamb, on both! There can be no doubt of the author's heartfelt intentions to write this sensitive and powerful novel for the sole purpose of offering hope and help to those who may not have the knowledge or help they need. There is also an important list of resources at the end of the book that includes organizations, websites and books for further support.

    4 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2013

    I picked up this book because I was charmed by the author throug

    I picked up this book because I was charmed by the author through the super-upbeat blog she writes for YA readers. Jody does a great job of dealing with a heavy issue in a real but light way that any reader can relate to and learn from.

    You'll fall in love with the well-intentioned awkwardness of 12-year-old Easter instantly. You'll laugh at her silly jokes, and your heart will cry for the heavy problems she's facing with such bravery.

    Kudos to Jody for using her talent and passion to help young people!

    3 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2013

    This book deals with the difficult subject of parental alcoholis

    This book deals with the difficult subject of parental alcoholism with sensitivity, compassion and humor. Easter Ann is starting her 7th grade year and she wants a change. She doesn't want to be dorky anymore. Since her best friend moved away, she's been feeling adrift without any close friends and she wants to change that too. Easter is a refreshingly quirky and fun character. She has a strong voice that grabs you from the first page and doesn't let go. But above all, Easter has a big heart and the actions of her mother are making her heart ache. Easter tries her best to keep the secret of her mother's slide into depression and alcoholism. She hopes against hope that her mom will 'snap out of it' and become the fun mom Easter knew and loves. She even works to keep the secret from her workaholic father, for fear that her parents will divorce if he finds out how bad things are getting. But the story isn't gloomy and depressing. Easter is a hopeful and endearing character. While she struggles to keep her family together, she also struggles with the normal concerns of middle schools - popularity, friendship and finding her own way. She does all of these things with humor, warmth and determination.
    Easter is a lovable character. Even if you, yourself, are not coping with a loved one's addiction, this book will help you step back from yourself for a moment to remember that you never know what someone else is going through. Not everyone wears their pain on their sleeve. In that respect, I feel like this book is like Jay Asher's Thirteen Reasons Why, but for a younger audience. Readers come away with an understanding that there's nothing wrong with asking for help and that everyone deserves a chance to begin again.
    A beautifully written book that I'll never forget.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2013

    Jody Lamb is a local author, and I gave my daughter a signed cop

    Jody Lamb is a local author, and I gave my daughter a signed copy of her book. She sat on it awhile, unsure about the "Operation Cool" theme. But she picked it up yesterday and finished in one night - sneak reading after bedtime because she became so invested in the story. Easter Ann's mother's alcoholism hit her hard and made her cry. She cared about Easter Ann (and her cat!), and she was glad to see her grow and change by the end. High praise from a middle-school reader!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted June 6, 2013

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