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Operation Frog Effect

4.57  ·  Rating details ·  74 ratings  ·  32 reviews
If one small act can create a ripple across the universe . . . what happens when a whole group of kids join together and act?

Told in eight perspectives--including one in graphic novel form--Operation Frog Effect is perfect for fans of Andrew Clements, Rob Buyea, and Sarah Weeks, and for anyone who wants to make a difference.

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It's us, Ms. Graham's class. We didn't mean
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published February 26th 2019 by Random House Books for Young Readers
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Laurie
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Interest Level: 3-6

Have you ever had a teacher that was completely awesome and made a huge impact on your life? At White Oak Elementary School, Ms. Graham is that teacher and the impact is made on eight very different students. Emily doesn't understand why her two best friends, Aviva and Kayley, won't talk or sit with her on the first day of fifth grade. Kayley actually doesn't like Emily and is extremely stuck up. Sharon doesn't seem to have a voice because she always seems to get interrupted a
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Nicole Hewitt
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Operation Frog Effect is a story told in journal form–with eight (diverse) kids who are writing their experiences as the school year progresses. The kids use multiple formats. For instance, one writes mostly in verse while another does his journaling in graphic novel format. These different formats are sure to appeal to a wide variety of readers.

Right from the start, I could tell that the characters were going to be incredibly relatable: the story starts with Emily, who’s confused by the fact th
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Ms. Yingling
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Ms. Graham's fifth grade class is an exciting place to be. She lets the students help form classroom rules and homework policy, they work in groups, and there is even a class pet, Kermit. The students are also keeping journals, and we hear from the perspective of eight of them. Blake likes to draw his entries, and he and his mother struggle with housing and other issues. Aviva's mother is in the country without proper papers, and both miss Aviva's grandmother in Mex
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Jessica
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Oh, wow. Seriously. That's pretty much the extent of my ability to actually review this book right now, because I am so gosh darn impressed with it. Have you been burning to read a book from the perspective of an amazing class of 5th graders, that will leave you wanting to be a better person at the end of it? Well, welcome to that book. I've stated before how much I love when authors don't talk down to this age group of readers, and how important it is to treat them with respect. Sarah Sheerger ...more
Laurie
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever had a teacher that was completely awesome and made a huge impact on your life? At White Oak Elementary School, Ms. Graham is that teacher and the impact is made on eight very different students. Emily doesn't understand why her two best friends, Aviva and Kayley, won't talk or sit with her on the first day of fifth grade. Kayley actually doesn't like Emily and is extremely stuck up. Sharon doesn't seem to have a voice because she always seems to get interrupted and corrected when t ...more
Arielfranchakyahoo.com
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Can I just say how much I love this book? I can’t wait to add OPERATION FROG EFFECT to my classroom library because I know it will be a big hit with my middle school students. If your kiddo, tween, or teen is a fan of big-hearted books like WONDER and also enjoys the fun of the WIMPY KID books, then this is the perfect combo!

OPERATION FROG EFFECT by Sarah Scheerger addresses many difficult issues, but in a light-hearted format and in a manner in which kids can relate. Through letters, graphic n
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Jamie
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Soooooo cute.

When I read for a frontlist order, I often skim and then skim again and read the first and last chapter and MAYBE work my way backwards (I know, weird) until I get the gist.

But this one has me smitten, mostly because I’m a sucker for stories of inspiring teachers, but I also loved how well realized the eight fifth graders at the core of this story were. It’s hard to give so many characters distinct personalities but this one nailed it. This is the kind of book I’ll save for Adam t
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Lesley
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
When their teacher explains the Butterfly Effect, “It’s the idea that a small change in one thing can lead to big changes in other things…Anything and everything we do—positive or negative, big or small—can influence other people and the world.” (153, 155) and tasks her 5th graders to think about what they could do within their social-issues projects to make a difference, they do—with repercussions they did not imagine.

Told through their daily journals, readers learn about the lives and feelings
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Susan
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to @kidlitexchange and the publisher for the free review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

It’s the first day of fifth grade and the kids in Miss Graham’s room are feeling hopeful and quite pleased with themselves, because they’re the top kids at White Oak Elementary. They’re seated at tables of four. Some are with their friends, and of course some are not; it was just an empty chair. Some are happy with their table mates, and some are quite annoyed; especially when they learn
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Jo-ann Walsh
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Thank you @kidlitexchange for the review copy of Operation Frog Effect. This book released in February, 2019. All opinions are my own.
When you have a teacher who thinks “outside the box,” it can bring new life and energy into a classroom. That is exactly what happened in Ms. Graham’s class. When Ms. Graham introduces new projects and requires all of her students to have a journal, it opens them up to share their ideas in new ways. We learn all about what is happening in t
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michelle
Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sarah Scheerger writes a marvelous novel following a group of kids in a 5th grade classroom. They are bonded together by a really amazing teacher who uses some unusual teaching methods to help them see the world better and to understand that every little thing they do has an impact, good or bad, just like the flap of a butterfly wing. When they are thrown together into two groups of four and then one large group of eight, they realize how important it is to work together and to respect that what ...more
Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Operation Frog Effect is about a group of students and an extraordinary teacher who used a bit of 'out of the box' teaching methods to get her students to think about real life situations. One of her projects was about social issues and the students who were put in groups had to decide on a issue then think of how they could change things.One such group decided on the homeless and when the teacher told them they should 'immerse themselves' into their issue they did something not so great which r ...more
Storm Reads
Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Operation Frog Effect is about a group of students and an extraordinary teacher who used a bit of ‘out of the box’ teaching methods to get her students to think about real life situations. One of her projects was about social issues and the students who were put in groups had to decide on a issue then think of how they could change things.

One such group decided on the homeless and when the teacher told them they should ‘immerse themselves’ into their issue they did something not so great which r
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RedPoppyReading
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Operation Frog Effect,” by Sarah Scheerger, is among the very best of middle grade fiction. Told through the perspective of eight fifth graders as they write in their class journals, this is the kind of book that fills you with optimism for the future and encourages you to strive to be a better person. Ms. Graham has a creative way of running her classroom and teaching her students, through her innovative education philosophy her students learn the power of friendship, and standing up and takin ...more
Chuck Redman
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It’s clever and smart and creative in every way. Inspiring for all ages.
Operation Frog Effect, by Sarah Scheerger (https://www.sarahlynnbooks.com/) is a beautiful portrayal of young hearts and minds trying their best to cope with life’s problems and do the right thing when faced with hard choices. The novel is a “novel” look into the private thoughts of eight young students in a progressive classroom who are torn by conflicting friendships and rivalries. Each of these bright young people must o
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Deanna Holdsworth
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
WOW! That is really it. This book was WOW to me. I loved the format, each character writing in their personal class journals. Seeing the different personalities in not only what they wrote but how they wrote. This is the story of Ms. Graham's 5th grade classroom featuring 8 of her students. Each sees the world in a different way and Ms. Graham tries to get them to see through other eyes or at least a bit out of their own "comfort zones". When there is a group project about a social issue the stu ...more
Andrea Doyon
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love frogs. I don't know what it is, but their cute, wide faces get me every time. Which means as soon as I saw the cover to "Operation Frog Effect" it was love at first sight (yes, I judged a book by its cover). But after reading the book, I can safely say that it was even better than I had anticipated. It is told by a steady rotation of narrators, each with its own distinct personality and writing style, who give one piece of the larger puzzle that is Ms. Graham's fifth grade classroom. Much ...more
Karen McKenna
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Told through eight alternating perspectives, Operation Frog Effect is a powerful example of how your voice matters. Voice was our theme this year in middle school, and this is the perfect book to explore that topic. I love the eight different "voices" you hear in the story. Each character is unique and strong in their own ways. I loved seeing the Spanish when Cecilia writes, the verse poems from Sharon, the screenplays from Henry, and the graphic novel type illustrations from Blake. The format d ...more
Rebecca
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fast paced book that is told from many different students perspectives. Letters to their journals, to each other and through comics, this book will appeal to a variety of students! Many life lessons in this book that the students and the adults learn along the way. It was great to see characters such as Aviva transform for "Minnie Mouse" to the "Boss." With middle school just around the corner, these students learn about friendship, finding their voices and doing what is right (instead of what m ...more
Amanda
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I started reading this book because it's by a local author - but I finished it within a day because of the amazing message and the incredible storytelling. The style of this novel is incredible and unique - eight diverse perspectives in journal format, with one additionally in graphic novel format and another in verse. The message is to stand up for what you believe in. There are references to so many amazing children's books and I just loved this book so much.
Brenda
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'd been reading about this book - but put it off until I realized Gina Perry had done the inside illustrations. I got it write away and read it yesterday. I totally enjoyed it and wonder what my students and what any middle grade reader will feel when they find so many of their classmates captured within the pages. On top of that, I'd like to be brave enough to channel a little Ms. Graham into my teaching. I'll be looking for more Sara Scheerger books for sure!
Lauren Kerstein
With this beautiful book, filled with rich characters, Sarah has reminded us what matters most. The journal-writing style provides the reader with the opportunity to truly hear all of these unique voices in a meaningful way. In a world fraught with divisiveness and distress, this book is a breath of beautiful, realistic, wonderful fresh air. I highly recommend this book.
Stephanie Lyon
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! It took me right back to elementary school. So many personalities and backgrounds all together in one classroom. I loved how the story was told in journal entries. It's a master class on voice. This teacher is brilliant. I love her non-traditional teaching techniques. She really taught her class how to use their brains and their hearts to solve problems.
Allison
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: chapter-books
OPERATION FROG EFFECT has something for every MG reader. The multiple narrators use a variety of writing styles to tell this thought provoking story. I love how this book shows young people that they can make a difference.
Michele Knott
Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book will be enjoyed by middle grade readers. A realistic fiction story that is told in multiple voices from students in a classroom and in a journal format - social justice issues are lightly explored and discussed.
Perfect for readers who enjoyed BECAUSE OF MR. TERUPT.
Alexandra Alessandri
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ls-books
This is such a sweet and important book, with well-drawn out and distinct characters and a heartfelt plot. I loved it from the beginning, and now my eleven-year-old son LOVES it, too--so much that he's asked for a sequel!
Josh Newhouse
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 19mar
This was a fantastic middle grade book reminiscent of Mr. Terupt and Ms. Bixby that will inspire 4th-5th graders especially to make a difference in the world around them and jn their community and school especially... I expect to see this on many state book lists!
Brittney
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-books
A feel-good story of a fifth grade class coming together to save their teacher's job and making other changes in their community. It reminded me of the Mr. Terupt series.
Jill Ramig
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This wonderful story is told through journal entries of 8 students in Mrs. Graham's class. The students have different writing styles. One is even writes in cartoon form. Mrs. Graham is a master at teaching social issues. As the students struggle to get along, appreciate each other and contribute to the class they are forced to come together for a big cause. Fans of Rob Buyea's Perfect Score will love this book.
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