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All the Greys on Greene Street

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  789 ratings  ·  191 reviews
SoHo, 1981. Twelve-year-old Olympia is an artist—and in her neighborhood, that's normal. Her dad and his business partner Apollo bring antique paintings back to life, while her mother makes intricate sculptures in a corner of their loft, leaving Ollie to roam the streets of New York with her best friends Richard and Alex, drawing everything that catches her eye.

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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published June 4th 2019 by Viking Books for Young Readers
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Lily (Night Owl Book Cafe)
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 solid stars!

12-year-old Olympia is an artist living in SoHo in 1981, which isn’t all that uncommon in her neighborhood. Her father and his friend Apollo bring antique paintings back to life, while her mother sees the beauty in everything and makes intricate sculptures out of everyday ordinary items. But one morning she wakes up and her father has left the country, leaving her and her mom alone and now her mom won’t get out of bed. The only thing he left behind was a cryptic note that he aske
So after being quite literally and majorly stuck on page 96 of Laura Tucker's 2019 Middle Grade novel All the Greys on Greene Street for more than a week now (and also wondering why the art and artist themes promised in the Goodreads synopsis have not yet really and fully materialised yet except for what I would personally call rather on the surface background noise), I have finally and with no feelings of guilt or contrition decided to consider another did not finish or rather a will not be fin ...more
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was wonderful. The author dealt beautifully with depression, specifically with the depressed mother (a mixed media sculptor) of main character Olympia (Ollie). Ollie feels she can't tell anyone else, not even her two best friends Alex and Richard, that her mother hasn't gotten out of bed in days. This isn't her mother's first bout of depression, and she was adamant that if it happened again she didn't want to end up in the hospital. Also, Ollie's father has taken off to France for some ...more
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
I found this painfully slow. The main character's father runs off to France before the novel begins--and then nothing really happens for a good, long while. The book is about a child in fairly a desperate situation but there is little urgency to the narrative. I also didn't think that Olympia made a convincing 12-year-old, and I got tired of all her description. I think the middle grade readers this is really directed to will have a very hard time sticking with it.
Ms. B
Oct 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you're expecting a mystery (it was a 2020 Edgar Award Nominee), you may be disappointed. For me, this read more like a Newbery Honor or National Book Award Finalist. Set during the art scene of the early 1980s in New York City; twelve year-old Olympia (aka Ollie) has problems that are too big for her to deal with on her own. Her Mom will not get out of bed and Dad has disappeared to France; both have asked her not to tell anyone. What do you do when your own parents swear you to secrecy? Twel ...more
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
You know what? Biting the bullet. Five stars. This is a book written by an AUTHOR. Laura Tucker is someone who knows how to WRITE: to create characters, scenarios, settings, dialogue that all are from-the-gut authentic. Her words are phenomenal. Descriptions: evocative; tangible. The characters are jump-off-the-page REAL. Maybe we've seen a few too many mom-depressed-in-bed books lately, but I'm sorry, I'm going to keep reading them to remember how much my depression affects the people around me ...more
Leonard Kim
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
In style and pace, not a kid’s book but a grownup book with a kid protagonist. Just a few days ago, I finished another book with a mom who wouldn’t get out of bed (The True History of Lyndie B. Hawkins). That ends up being what this book is about, but it takes a very long time for that to become clear. (The subplot with The Head turns out to be a real distraction.) It took me almost 200 pages to get into the groove of reading this, but it took me a long time to get into other books I’ve read lat ...more
Sep 25, 2020 marked it as to-read
Very mixed reviews... and of course, me being me, I feel compelled to read & judge for myself. ...more
Actual rating: 3.5 stars

Olympia's (AKA Ollie) mother won't get out of bed since her father left New York City for France a few weeks ago. Ollie thinks that her dad left to be with another woman, but when a man comes to Ollie's father's art restoration studio inquiring about a missing statue (that Ollie knows was at one time in her father's possession), she starts to think something else might be afoot.

Tucker's debut novel has a lot of good qualities. I liked the compassionate treatment of depre
Mental illness, broken families, parental infidelity . . . not the most pleasant topics to read or write about in children's fiction, but sadly most necessary as many children/tweens/teens face such traumas and trials in real life every day. And Laura Tucker did an exceptional job with characterization, storyline, and decorum. Art and friendship as major themes throughout made it all the more readable.

4.25 STARS
Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, middlegrade
4.25 stars | Stunning debut.
Vikki VanSickle
A sensitive portrait of a young girl struggling with her place in the world after her father runs off to France for mysterious reasons and her mother retreats to her bedroom and will not come out. Ollie has great friends and adults in her life, but she goes out of her way to ensure they don't realize how dire the situation is at home with her mother, clearly suffering from depression. NYC in the 1980s is just as vibrant a character as Ollie's friends and neighbours. A great middle grade read for ...more
Jun 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-lit
Tender story of friendships, dealing with a parent with depression, a little mystery, a lot of beautiful art and amazing New York City. I loved Olympia, her talents and strengths, her vulnerability and curiosity and how in the end we all need people to help us.
There are more books being written for a middle grade audience revolving around mental illness. This is one. This one interestingly takes place in 1981 in SoHo, New York City. I found the setting especially interesting since I knew little about SoHo in the 1980s. That Olympia and her family lived in a large, open room in an old factory was fascinating to me. The details about art and the creation of it were new to me as well. The details about how different paint colors are made was especially f ...more
Kristen Unger
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A cat loving artist protagonist and a compelling plot. The voice rings clear and true. In Olympia, a young artist’s eye, heart, and soul are well captured.
Pat Miller
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was my favorite middle grade novel of 2019. It's exceptionally well done and compelling and I enjoyed it immensely.
May 16, 2019 added it
Shelves: 2019
While Ollie sticks to graphite grey in her drawings, Tucker's debut vibrates with vivid color in its strong sense of place and well-sketched characters. It has that timeless quintessence that evokes such New York City adventures as Harriet the Spy and The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankenweiler, and it is sure to delight fans of Rebecca Stead and Laura Marx.
"You cannot rescue somebody, little bird. You can help them. But they must rescue themselves."

This was way better than I was anticipating. I listened to the audio initially, but also picked up the hardcover to check out the illustrations sprinkled throughout the novel. They're gorgeous.
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
Soooo I have some problems with the story telling in the book. Not that the book is BAD, it just has problems.

This is a book about depression. But it wraps itself up in a art mystery that I don't know was necessary for the plot. Also about half way through was the turning point in the depression part of the story but then it went into a weird trip to an island and then a fire. It has problems. SO MANY PROBLEMS.

But for the kids out there who love a trauma book they will be quit happy with this t
Oct 18, 2019 rated it liked it
I liked all the details of this book, but the intro was just too long. The premise just repeated itself for 150 pages until the plot really started moving along, so it took a while to really capture my attention.
Paige Green
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 4/5

Publication Date: June 4, 2019

Genre: MG Contemporary

Recommended Age: 13+ (depression, starvation, neglect, and some criminal activity)

Publisher: Viking

Pages: 320

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Synopsis: SoHo, 1981. Twelve-year-old Olympia is an artist—and in her neighborhood, that's normal. Her dad and his business partner Apollo bring antique paintings back to life, while her mother makes intricate
Feb 04, 2020 rated it liked it
I had picked up this book for its categorization as a mystery at the library, seeking a good, suspenseful story. Unfortunately, I was disappointed. Considering how the "mystery" is essentially solved within the first third of the book, I wouldn't classify it as a mystery. So, if you're looking for an intense, Agatha-Christie style tale, then this wouldn't be the best book for you.

Nevertheless, the characters in this book are quite likable. They are flawed in many ways, which makes them all the m
Jul 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
WONDERFUL book on many levels! First: young child of art parents being encouraged to draw, given DECENT drawing pencils and always having a sketchbook to hand. descriptions of art and art making detailed and joyous. second level--Mom in Depression--and what happens, and that what one does or doesn't do as a child does NOT "help"--nor hinder. Good short explanatory note at the end of the book about depression, and where to find help.
three friends, completely different, AND a mystery to boot.
Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
Loved all the 80s references here. And what an important book for kiddos. It would have been very interesting to have read this as a kid as my mother suffered greatly from depression and no one knew for a long time and then know one really discussed it. So I definitely felt some love for my childhood self who felt very lost and confused about my mother. But I also felt the book worked extra hard to wrap things up nicely and sometimes that is challenging for me because life doesn’t work that way. ...more
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
Rebecca Stead-like middle grade about art, parental depression and friendships with all ages. Recommended, both book and audio. More later.
Kacy Robinson
Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5⭐️ This book felt so different than any middle grade novel I’ve read before. I loved the setting - 1980s New York - and the way it tackled big issue but from a unique perspective. The story shows what depression in a parent looks like through the eyes of a child. The mystery element didn’t add anything to the novel for me, but overall I enjoyed this read.
Jul 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Would give it 3.5 if Goodreads allowed half stars. Lovely story, but felt it dragged on a bit. My daughter loved it though, which makes me happy, as I picked it out for us to read together.
The descriptions alone in this book make it worth it. The characters aren't bad either.
This is a book about color and art and being part of an artist community in Soho, NYC, in 1981. There is both innocence and maturity in Ollie that makes her a really interesting protagonist. Character development, setting, and plot were all very strong in the wonderful book. Exceptionally well narrated. There's an afterward talking about depression in parents and helping to explain a bit about it to a middle grade reader, telling where they could get help for themselves and the parent who may su ...more
Jul 04, 2020 rated it liked it
A compelling story about a young teen dealing—or not dealing—with her mother’s debilitating depression. Lots of interesting artistic detail with an emphasis on self-expression and creativity. Set in a NYC artist’s loft. I wish I could be in her class and take class trips to the MET on a regular basis.
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