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Operation Tree Roper: An Eye Above

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Twelve-year-old Declan Parker was born with only one eye, but all he seems to have trouble seeing in proper perspective is himself. All he wants is for kids to see him as normal before he starts a new school in the fall. To that end, he sets out to make money helping with his dad’s tree care business.

Unfortunately, when his dad lands in the hospital after a climbing accide
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Published October 7th 2014 by Anaiah Press
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DoRena
Oct 09, 2014 DoRena rated it it was amazing
This was a delight to read. I was hooked from the start, and didn't want to put it down. The characters are warm and real, and the story is engaging. I enjoyed getting to know Declan and his friends and family, and, though the story has a satisfying ending, was left wanting more. The descriptions of tree roping gave me an appreciation for the details of the craft, but while remaining engaging and not at all dry or long winded. I especially loved the humor throughout the story.
Kathryn Svendsen
Oct 17, 2014 Kathryn Svendsen rated it really liked it
Shelves: children, adventure
Operation Tree Roper was an excellent adventure story for preteen children about Declan, a preteen with only one eye whose father is in the tree care business. When his father ends up in the hospital after a climbing accident, Declan is determined to help save his father’s business and his last opportunity for a surgery that in his mind will help other kids see him as normal before he starts a new school in the fall.

Declan learns a lot about himself and others in this story. The author does an e
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Akoss
Nov 02, 2014 Akoss rated it liked it
I was lucky to be born with a complete set of body parts. I will never know what it feels like to be missing an eye like Declan the main character in this book. However, thanks to his story I have gained so much empathy for people in his situation or any similar situation. This is one of the beauties of books and reading books.

I loved how Declan grew from the beginning of the story to the end. How he turned from being so selfish and often times self centered to a completely selfless boy. Unfortu
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Rick Stuckwisch
Nov 05, 2014 Rick Stuckwisch rated it really liked it
This is a solid, well written story, thoughtful and down to earth. Especially strong in it's integration of tree trimming with the development of the realistic characters, their relationships and interactions, and the story line. Let's hope for more from this new author. Of course, we enjoyed the book all the more, know Rob well, but, as my older daughter also expressed, this is simply good writing. From our "insider" perspective, we know that Rob has written of things that he knows and ...more
Angela Caldwell
Sep 12, 2014 Angela Caldwell rated it it was amazing
I was blessed to obtain a copy of Operation Tree Roper from the publisher before it's release on Oct 7th. An I could not be more pleased with the debut author Robert Polk's story. Except I want more! It's a wonderful story that will touch hearts young and old. The characters were real and fluid. I've been subjected to a lot of MG books because of my son. But right away I knew this one was very different. I urge you to get this for your kiddo or for yourself. I think everyone can learn something ...more
Becky Villareal
Dec 20, 2014 Becky Villareal rated it really liked it
I was pleasantly surprised by Robert Polk's Operation Tree Roper: An Eye Above.
The characters ring true and mesh well together and Polk's writing is clear and enjoyable. Each chapter begins with a definitions of the different components of working on trees. This was not only enjoyable but educational as well. I would like to see more of these characters in additional stories.
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Great read. Interesting storyline and characters.
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A stay home father of seven and former school counselor and teacher, Robert Polk lives in western Nebraska where he writes, climbs trees with a chainsaw, and homeschools his children. Although he doesn't like to fold laundry, and his home looks very "lived in", he'll settle for mess as long as the kids get what they need.
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