Elvis & Olive

Elvis & Olive

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....

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Title:Elvis & Olive
Author:Stephanie Watson
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Genres:Childrens
ISBN:Elvis & Olive
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:240 pages pages

Elvis & Olive Reviews

  • Renee
    Jan 11, 2009
    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...
  • Cory
    Mar 19, 2009
    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, tho...
  • Heather
    Jul 10, 2008
    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. ...
  • Eva Mitnick
    Sep 04, 2009
    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...
  • Jan
    Jan 06, 2009
    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. ...
  • Sherrie
    Jul 27, 2011
    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 ...
  • Mary
    Jul 06, 2008
    A simple story that reminded me of books I would have read as a child. I loved it...Stephanie Watson nailed the dialogue, feelings, and expressions of 8 or 9 year-old girls. Great book especially because it is her first book! ...
  • Heather Bouwman
    Feb 08, 2009
    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! ...
  • Merrilee
    Apr 03, 2008
    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. ...
  • Karen
    Mar 06, 2008
    Loved it!!!!! It took me for a fun ride!! ...
  • Melissa
    Jul 01, 2008
    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...
  • Matthew Winner
    Jan 11, 2009
    NO for black-eyed susan. YES 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 u...
  • Grrrrr
    Apr 24, 2008
    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 phone...
  • george
    Jun 05, 2008
    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 w...
  • Amanda
    Jun 29, 2008
    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, a...
  • A. Somers
    Mar 29, 2012
    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...
  • Michelle
    Apr 06, 2009
    Great book, great characters, good plot! Love that the author is from St Paul. I'm excited about getting it back to school and recommending it to students. ...
  • Clare Campbell
    Aug 01, 2009
    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. ...
  • Kim
    Aug 17, 2009
    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 ordin...
  • Anne
    Jun 15, 2012
    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...
  • Gail
    Sep 25, 2009
    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 famil...
  • Erin
    Jul 05, 2010
    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...
  • Clover White
    Mar 10, 2014
    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 s...
  • Zoe
    Dec 28, 2011
    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 ...
  • Christine
    Apr 18, 2014
    Two girls strike up an unlikely friendship and form a spying club. This leads to plenty of complicated situations. Suitable for Years 4 to 6. ...
  • Madi
    Mar 24, 2014
    I read this about 2 years ago so a don't remember all of it. I need to read it again. ...
  • Vivi School
    Nov 12, 2015
    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 ...
  • Ashlyn Stelmach
    Jul 23, 2017
    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 fri...
  • Nicole C.
    Aug 31, 2016
    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 Ann...
  • Al3x!5
    Feb 25, 2011
    this book was awesome ...