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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 ...more
Paperback, 254 pages
Published November 6th 2012 by Scribe Publishing Company (first published August 27th 2012)
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Sarah
This book is a rare treat. Easter Ann Peters is a loveable, quirky and very real girl entering the 7th grade. She's hoping to erase the previous years of awkwardness and shyness. But as she prepares for her "Operation Cool" things at home start to spiral out of control as her mother sinks into alcoholism.
You might think a book tackling this heavy topic would be dark and preachy but Jody Lamb handles the subject with sensitivity, honesty and plenty of humor. While Easter's problems at home certa
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Kathy Higgs-Coulthard
I couldn't help rooting for twelve year old Easter Ann. She's a spunky girl. Her best friend moved away and she wants to find a new one, so she decides to take matters at school into her own hands and launch "Operation Cool." Just when things start to *maybe* go her way at school, things at home fall apart. Watching Easter struggle with her mom's depression tugged at my heart strings because it hit exactly at the core of how a preteen would feel--like she should be able to fix it.

Well written an
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Dana Sitar
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
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Chandni
This book is extremely well written. Lamb has managed to take a very serious topic and through the perspective of a young girl, write about it with humour and grace. Easter's voice is so honest and sincere and she manages to show the heartbreak a young girl goes through when having an alcoholic parent.

Easter's goal to be "cool" in the seventh grade is juxtaposed with her tragic home life. It's very difficult to read about her battle to take care of her mother while still trying to retain normali
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Lynda Coker
Have you ever wished for something so important that you thought your entire future depended on the outcome? Easter Ann Peters has. From an adult point-of-view, maybe her aspirations aren't in the realm of what we would consider drastically important. But, how does one measure a young girls' desire to be accepted, liked, and befriended.

Author Jody Lamb dives deep and brings to the surface strong emotions through common and tragic circumstances in Easter Ann's life. She creates in this young char
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S. Willett
The leading lady in this book, Easter, is cool but she doesn’t know it. She begins the 7th grade with a plan that doesn’t always appear to be working out. You will laugh not only at the antics of normal everyday kids, but things like a cat that thinks it’s a dog and a Granny that does burn-outs in the school parking lot. Easter also has a Mother that drinks too much and a Dad that spends most of his time at work.

I love this book because it’s fun and sad and educational. It’s a brave author tha
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Shannon
This was an excellent book and one I would highly recommend for young ones heading into high school. It is tough enough to leave one school and head to the other, but as we learn in this book, many are hiding secrets, all in different ways.
Was an eye opening experience to see how this young girl deals with her mom's alcoholism, as does her dad, and how finally the bottom falls out and all need to do something for themselves to move forward and be a family again.
Great resources in the back for d
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Christina Wilder
Hee! I love that kitty on the cover! Is she taking her cat to school?
Djdread
I received this book as a winner of a Goodreads Giveaway. I'm so glad that I did! My daughter and I are avid readers and as a RIF coordinator, I like to keep on top of books that fall in this age range. When we review books, we often find that we list "issue" books among our favorites. In the past, we've enjoyed "Rules", "Out of My Mind"," A Mango-Shaped Space", "Mockingbird", and "Wonder". I have yet
to find a story that deals with an alcoholic parent as it's "issue". This one does so convincin
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Amy Taylor
This is a great young adult book. I feel that Jody Lamb did a great job capturing the angst and worry of a typical middle school age kid. Feeling out of place and "uncool" is the norm when in reality EVERYONE is feeling the same way. Added in to the mix, Easter is dealing with her mother's alcoholism and coping with family issues.
As an adult reading a young adult book, I thought it was well written and a very good story. It was deep enough to make it interesting for me, but quick enough to keep
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Shannon
I picked up this book at the Ann Arbor (Michigan) Book Festival back in June. Thought it looked cute. And although it has some elements of the humorous, school-kid story similar to, say, Ramona Quimby or Diary of a Wimpy Kid, it’s more of a family drama about a girl dealing with an alcoholic parent.

Which surprised me, because that’s not the impression you get from just picking up this book, if all you’re expecting is a light, funny read. Still, I think the author did a good job balancing the ser
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Kristin
Jody Lamb is a local author, and I gave Maya 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, Jody! Congrats on your debut!
Carol Ann
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. Congratulations, Ms. Lamb, on both!
Paddy O'callaghan
Dec 14, 2012 Paddy O'callaghan marked it as to-read



The kid whom I gave this to, and I absolutely loved it. Fantastic. Buy it for your kids right now, You won't regret the investment.
Greg Hickey
I have to begin this review with two caveats. First, I am not a twelve year-old girl, so some of the more innocent parts of the novel may have missed their mark with me. Second, author Jody Lamb and I share the same publisher, so I hope she sells a billion copies of her book. That said, Operation Cool successfully captures the voice of seventh grade Easter Ann Peters as she struggles to find her place at school while dealing with an alcoholic mother. Jody Lamb's characterizations of Easter and h ...more
Ms. Yingling
Easter is starting seventh grade, and she's bound and determined to make this a better year. She has done her research and has her plan-- a notebook where she has figured out how she can rise in popularity and make everyone like her. Or, well, be not quite as geeky. This is important, because things are tough at home. Her dad is a factory supervisor who works long hours, and her mother is a former singer who is currently depressed and drinking fairly heavily. Easter is used to cleaning up after ...more
Morgan McLane
Young girl dealing with regular JH school pressures and an alcoholic mom.
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Aug 30, 2013 Kara marked it as to-read
Great book to read. My 5th graders loved it!
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Jody Lamb, author of middle-grade novel Easter Ann Peters' Operation Cool, enjoys writing stories for people young in age and at heart. She 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 loves ones’ alcoholism. After reading nearly everything written about alcoholism and its effect on famil ...more
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