Operation Yesby Sara Lewis Holmes
No one in her sixth-grade class knows quite what to make of Ms. Loupe, with her short hair, her taped square "stage" on the floor, and the interest in improvisational theatre. After all, their school is on an Air Force base--a place that values discipline more than improv. But her students soon come to love her fresh approach; and when her dear brother goes
No one in her sixth-grade class knows quite what to make of Ms. Loupe, with her short hair, her taped square "stage" on the floor, and the interest in improvisational theatre. After all, their school is on an Air Force base--a place that values discipline more than improv. But her students soon come to love her fresh approach; and when her dear brother goes missing in Afghanistan, and Ms. Loupe herself breaks down, they band together to support their teacher. What starts as a class fundraiser expands into a nationwide effort for all injured troops, and an amazing vision of community and hope.
"[T]he most buoyant example of ensemble work since E. L. Konigsburg's The View from Saturday (1996) and the best of Gregory Maguire's Hamlet Chronicles. . . . Though only a small part is actually written as a script, the entire tale is purest stagecraft: quick, funny, sad, full of heart, and irresistibly absorbing." -- Booklist, starred review
“[T]his story of middle-school classmates who come together to honor their teacher and her war-injured brother entertains. . . . Miss Loupe is the kind of teacher every kid dreams about, and the “all for one, one for all” mentality that comes through as the students band together is inspiring.” -- Publishers Weekly
“In this lively, often funny novel, an enthusiastic teacher brings improv to restless sixth graders at a rundown school on a North Carolina Air Force base. . . . Pitched to readers in both military and civilian families, this engaging story avoids larger questions of war and peace, focusing instead on how they affect the lives of American kids who deal with the consequences every day.” -- Kirkus Reviews
“The classroom is often a place of lessons, but Holmes tells her storyinfused with details of military lifewith heart and energy, and leaves any didacticism at the door. Sixth graders, military brats or not, will identify with this rich cast.” -- Horn Book
- Scholastic, Inc.
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- Product dimensions:
- 5.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.80(d)
- Age Range:
- 10 - 14 Years
Meet the Author
Sara Lewis Holmes is the author of Letters from Rapunzel, winner of the Ursula Nordstrom Fiction Contest. As the wife of an Air Force pilot, she has lived, written, and raised a family in eleven states and three countries, including Germany and Japan. She currently resides in northern Virginia.
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Operation Yes is a good book by Sara Lewis Holmes. It is about a family living on a military base on the east coast. The main character,Bo, is a jokester starting a new school year. Gari is Bo's cousin who lives with Bo because her mom was called for duty. They both have the rookie and unusual teacher, Miss Loupe. Gari has a hard time fitting in and Miss Loupe disappears to visit her injured brother. Bo, Gari, and some of their friends team together to try to bring Miss Loupe back. What I liked most about this book is how positive it is. I would recommend this book to younger readers for it is not too challenging. However it is a good book and a definite page turner.
This book is a fantastic look into the military lifestyle for children. I love the improv aspect and the little struggles that each character deals with. This genre needs many more books like this one, and I would love to see another book about life after the deployment for Gari and what life is like for Bo in his new surroundings. This is such a great story with so many things and emotions going on at once. My son and I both loved this book from the very first page.
This book was kind of confusing. The first couple chapters were good, but I think it got too confusing as the book went on. It could have been really good, but it wasn't.
OPERATION YES by Sara Lewis Holmes is one of a number of new books just out that focus on issues relating to war in the Middle East. The conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan are touching more and more lives here in the U.S., and many authors have taken on the challenge of including these current events in their new novels. OPERATION YES takes place here in the States on an Air Force base. Bo's father is one of the commanding officers at the base, and Bo attends the base school. Not a model student, Bo is not looking forward to the new school year, but he has promised his father he will at least try to behave. Miss Loupe is a new teacher at the school. One of the first things she shares with her students is the fact that she and her brother, Marc, once lived on the base and attended the school where she now teaches. Bo becomes fascinated with Miss Loupe's teaching strategies as he watches her actions on his very first day in her class. All the students are surprised and puzzled as they watch her tape off a large rectangle on the floor of their classroom, and then drag in an ugly, old couch. The taped off area and the ugly couch soon become the center of their afternoon activities. Miss Loupe is a master of improv theater, and she is determined to get each of her students involved. Something else new in Bo's life is the arrival of his cousin, Gari. Gari's mother, a nurse, has been deployed to Iraq, and Gari has come to live with Bo and his family on the base. She isn't happy about leaving her Seattle home and friends to trek across the country to the east coast, and it doesn't help that she is worried sick about her mother's safety in Iraq. Gari quickly begins hatching a plan that might either get her sent back to Seattle or bring her mother home. Bo is also dealing with deployment issues. Just when he is starting to like school and his new teacher, it's possible that his father may be sent to Afghanistan at the end of the year, which would mean another in a long history of moves for the family. Bo doesn't want to hold back his father's career, but he would do just about anything to remain with Miss Loupe and participate in her theatrical experiments. OPERATION YES takes readers into one teacher's unique classroom to witness students becoming excited about learning. Those same students face the emotional challenges of having direct connections with war and some of the toughest times for U.S. military personnel. This book provides needed subject matter for today's tweens and could be easily used to promote lively classroom discussion about war, service, and the relationships affected.