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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  813 ratings  ·  152 reviews
PLAN A
Bo is going to behave for his new teacher.
His father, an Air Force colonel, says so.

Gari is going to live peacefully with her cousin.
Her mother, an Army nurse, says so.

Miss Loupe is going to teach her class language arts, social studies, math, and science.
What’s supposed to stay secret: the theater lessons – and her tattoo.

PLAN B
Bo stages a food fight.
His father isn’
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Published January 20th 2011 by Brilliance Audio (first published September 1st 2009)
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Sara
Jun 06, 2009 Sara rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Yes, I've read it. About a gazillion times. :)
Sandra Stiles
I’m not really sure what I expected from this book when I got it but I definitely loved it. I could relate to this on some levels. I have had three nephews and a brother in Iraq. I had a student whose mother was sent to Korea and she was sent to live with her grandmother for a year and attended my school. Last year one of our teachers was called back up and deployed to Iraq. I have had students who seemed excited they were going to another country and some who were upset because they were moving ...more
Jewels
My Fifth grader and I tackled this book together. He had started to read it for an assignment. In fact, he was supposed to read it for an oral book report. He made it half way through and wanted to give up. The book is 250 pages long and he had not even made it to the main conflict. I stepped in and began reading aloud to him. Suddenly he was reinterested. The plot began to evolve and after I filled my son with lot's of guilt for not giving the poor book or author a chance, he realized that he w ...more
Lynn
I grabbed this book along with a few others from our school book fair with the purpose of being familiar with what my students were reading. From the cover image (this edition was from Scholastic) I thought it was going to be another silly, cartoonish story. Was I wrong!
The story is dead serious, but grabs the reader right away with a very unusual first-year teacher who knows just how to keep the students guessing and balancing 'fun' with the usual boring classroom instruction . I like that the
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Sam
Fantastic audio book. One voice actor who does a great job with variance and really excels at putting in characterization to her reading.

The story is a lovely middle grade new kid/changing times story set at a school full of mostly military kids. A new teacher comes to town and has some really wacky ideas about getting kids interested in school but then life happens and the kids have some really tough issues to face (parents getting shipped out to war zones, possibility of loss, injured soldiers
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Sonya Edwards
I wish, really wish, that there had been books like this when I was growing up. I grew up military and then married military- sure there may have been the odd military kid in a story here or there, but I don't recall a book consisting of primarily military families, all portrayed in the normality of their lives. I LOVE that being a military brat, living on base, and facing moving, deployed parents, missing loved ones and the sense if community present on base are shown in this novel as normal. F ...more
Kesha
Oh to teach like Ms. Loupe; this is my goal. I want to inspire reluctant learners in the same fashion. This story is phenomenally encouraging and brings together meaningful elements of life; education and military.
Adam
I didnt like the story that well, but I felt a very strong connection to the characters. Espically Mrs. Loupe. She reminded me of my 3rd and 6th grade teachers.
Cole Federer
Well I really didn't like it because it was too slow in the beginning and never really got good
Mark Buxton
This book was a finalist for a 2009 Cybils book award, and it runs through the whole range of emotions. There's joy, seriousness, sadness, and humor. The plot addresses war and how it affects the lives of people and families. Kids want to be heard, and the students in Room 208 take on a huge project to make a difference. It's interesting to follow Bo's character as he deals with the celebrations, disappoints, and fears in his life. Operation Yes shares a wonderful message of caring, determinatio ...more
Marika Gillis
For all intents and purposes, this book about a 6th grader whose mom is deployed as a nurse to Afghanistan, should have been one that I loved. It's well-written, has a terrific message, and the characters were likable. For me, though, the book dragged quite a bit. The story was slow in the beginning and then I thought the story line lost some momentum again towards the end. I also felt like the author could have done more to connect us to the emotions of a child who is separated with a parent th ...more
IndyPL Kids Book Blog
This is a story about kids that live on a military base and attend school there. Bo’s Dad is the commander on the base where Bo’s family lives. The base is in the US, so for now, Bo doesn’t have to worry about his Dad. But Bo lives with the reality that this could change, his Dad could be deployed to Afghanistan at any moment. Bo’s cousin Gari is also a military kid. Gari’s mom is a military nurse and has been sent to Iraq, so for the time being, Gari is living with Bo’s family.

Bo and Gari are b
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Erin Sterling
Living on an air force base with a star general for a dad is not easy for Bo, especially when he finds it hard to stay out of trouble at school. But when a new teacher, Miss Loupe, arrives and shakes things up with a whole curriculum based on improv and theater games, Bo realizes that he might be excited about school for once. His cousin Gari, on the other hand, who came to live with Bo's family when her mom got shipped out to Iraq, is not at all excited. As Gari schemes a way to get sent back t ...more
Angie
Everyone you know is fighting a great battle.
Time to step up. Time to step in. Time to say yes.


Bo's dad is the commander of the Air Force Base they live on. Bo is in sixth grade and has a new teacher this year. Ms. Loupe is an Air Force brat so she knows all about life on the base. Her entire family is in the military including her brother Marc who is stationed in Afghanistan. Ms. Loupe is unlike any teacher the class has had before. She comes from a theater background and starts teaching them i
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Kim
Grades 5-7
Welcome to Miss Loupe's 6th grade classroom. Bo and his friends aren't quite sure what to make of Miss Loupe on the first day of school when they meet the tattoo'd, multi-pierced, and energetic teacher who crawls around on the floor making a rectangle out of masking tape. Even the reluctant learners are quickly drawn in as she uses improvisational theatre to help her students see the world in different ways. Bo, whose base commander father doesn't appreciate the number of scrapes his s
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Stacy Ford
Bo (Bogart) didn't have a very successful year in fifth grade. So, he isn't looking forward to sixth grade too much. He isn't looking forward to continued visits with Mrs. Heard,the principal. All that changes when Miss Loupe enters the pictures and introduces students to "the taped space" and the art of improvisation. Miss Loupe also introduces students to her brother Marc who is serving in Afghanistan. This creates a special bond for the students in room 208 because most of them (including Bo) ...more
Ruhama
This is a story of plan A turning into a need for plan B, which then discovers it needs a plan C. Miss Loupe is the new sixth grade teacher at Young Oaks on the Air Force base in North Carolina and loves theater. As the year progresses, the class begins to look forward to the daily bouts of improv that take place on the Ugly, Ugly Couch that resides in their classroom. Bo is the son of the commander of the base and, for the first time in his life, is enjoying school, thanks to being in Miss Loup ...more
Tiffany
One sixth grade class tries to help their teacher and finds out just what can happen when you say "Yes". Miss Loupe isn't a normal teacher. She has an ugly, ugly couch in the taped space and almost every day, her class does improv, until her brother goes missing. Now the students of Room 208 must band together and try to bring back Miss Loupe's fun side and help her brother.

This story succeeds as a tale of generosity and community, but it falls short as a character story. Some chapters moved aro
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Lisa Nocita
Ms. Loupe, the new sixth grade teacher, is unconventional and quirky. Her students, many of whom are the children of military personnel stationed at the nearby air force base, are accustomed to change with students moving in and out as their parents are deployed but they find Ms. Loupe an unexpected and, for once, refreshing change. She hopes to convince her students that a) art needs a frame; b) art is arranging objects to create beauty; and c) theater is the art of saying yes. Of course this i ...more
Tweller83
Bo Whaley's sixth-grade teacher, Miss Loupe, starts the school year by taping off part of the floor to create a space for the students to practice improv, and this unconventional beginning will prove more significant than anyone could predict. The story is set on an Air Force base, and Holmes weaves the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan into her characters' lives: Bo's cousin Gari is separated from her mother when she is called back into duty; Bo's father is facing possible deployment; and Miss Loupe ...more
Mary Kevan
This book was very thought-provoking, about what it would be like to be in the army, as a kid.
Bo, a sixth grade trouble maker, has to live on the army base and go to school there. The worst part is that he dad is the commander of the base, so when Bo gets in trouble he knows right away. Things get turned upside down when he has a new sixth grade teacher, Miss Loupe, who has a tattoo of a bird; multiply ear piercing and the interest in Impov Theater. But when he learns to “say yes” to the “The T
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Cole B
Operation Yes
Sara Lewis Holmes
Realistic Fiction


This is a story about kids that live on a military base and attend school there. Bo’s Dad is the commander on the base where Bo’s family lives. The base is in the US, so for now, Bo doesn’t have to worry about his Dad. But Bo lives with the reality that this could change, his Dad could be deployed to Afghanistan at any moment. Bo’s cousin Gari is also a military kid. Gari’s mom is a military nurse and has been sent to Iraq, so for the time being, Ga
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Sarah
Operation Yes blends several genres to create a successful look at the homefront for kids when there's a war going on. A kooky new teacher comes to Bo's school as he starts sixth grade. She challenges her students to keep the door open improv comedy style by saying "Yes..." to opportunities. Tragedy and suspense enter the fray, and the students work on their own to broadcast the "Yes" message.

The characters were believable and varied -- not stock characters and each with his or her own battles t
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Miss Natherson's
"Miss Loupe could make them see things that weren't there too. She could make you believe that a couch was worth talking to, that cracks were infinitely important, and that anything that happened between four lines of slightly dingy masking tape was as real as a scar on your leg. (Holmes pg. 175)"

From the minute I started reading this book, I fell in love with Miss Loupe's character. She reminds me of the teacher we all aspire to be when we start our careers. Reading about the way that she gets
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com

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
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Elizabeth F
Who wouldn't want Miss Loupe for a teacher? Sure, she makes you study all the regular 5th grade topics, like math, history and spelling. But she has something no other teacher has: an Ugly, Ugly green couch. Around that couch is a square of tape, and in that square, anything can happen.
This is not going to be an ordinary school year for Bo, or any of the kids in his classroom on base.
"Bo left Room 208, but he felt the possibilities bouncing around his brain, like golf balls launched off chunks
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Miss Pippi the Librarian
Operation Yes intrigues the reader with the toy army men on the cover. I personally never read the back cover. I liked the army men and figured that the story would be about army men coming to life and saving their owners. Yes, it would be a novel like Toy Story the movie.

I was wrong. After listening to the first track I questioned if I should continue. The story was about Bo, Bo's mom and Bo's cousin Gari. They all worked for the various divisions in the military. I am not too familiar with mil
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Anna
**Spoiler Alert!!**
Bo: He is a teacher's pet and is Gari's cousin.
Gari: She's Bo's cousin, who has to move to live with Bo.
Mrs. Loupe: The new sixth grade teacher that is a fun teacher.
Trey: Bo's best friend.
Melissa: Bo's classmate that helps with the rebellion.

In the beginning, Mrs. Loupe is introduced. The class is wondering why she is putting tape on the floor. She tells them it is a stage, and starts teaching them improv. Gari finds out that she has to go live with her cousin because her mom
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Debbie
Apr 13, 2010 Debbie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teachers for read-alouds, fans of realistic fiction
Bo, the energetic son of a military commander, has always hated school. He has a hard time sitting still, and every time he gets in trouble at school (which is often), he also gets in trouble at home. When he first meets Miss Loupe, a brand new sixth grade teacher, he is just not sure what to make of her. Sometimes she acts like any old teacher, but other times, when she puts on her stealthy black slippers and steps into the Taped Space, unexpected things happen. Soon, Miss Loupe's students are ...more
Sharon
Here's the thing: I don't really like the military and I don't really like improv theater, so I'm biased, and this book didn't really help me understand or appreciate either of those things. Also, I didn't really get how Miss Loupe was a great teacher; she taught regular subjects in a regular, boring way for seven and a half hours and for a half-hour she sometimes did goofy improv exercises with her students. I guess it makes sense that this is all you can do in a conservative military base scho ...more
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Sara Lewis Holmes is the author of the middle-grade novel, Operation Yes, which ALA's Booklist called "purest stagecraft: quick, funny, sad, full of heart, and irresistibly absorbing." It was also named as one of Booklist's Top Ten Arts Books for Kids 2009.

Operation Yes was a Cybils finalist in the Middle Grade Fiction category and the audio version won a 2010 Audie award for the best audiobook f
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