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3.76  ·  Rating details ·  1,055 ratings  ·  186 reviews
No one in her sixth-grade class knows quite what to make of Ms. Loupe, with her short hair, her taped square "stage" on the floor, and the interest in improvisational theatre. After all, their school is on an Air Force base--a place that values discipline more than improv. But her students soon come to love her fresh approach; and when her dear brother goes missing in Afgh ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Arthur A. Levine Books
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Sara
Jun 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Yes, I've read it. About a gazillion times. :)
Ann
Sep 05, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a challenge to read aloud as the dialogue goes back and forth so quickly. My son often asked, "who said that?" Regardless it is a nice story but more importantly shines a light on a group that I've never read a book about before: active duty military kids growing up on military bases.
Sandra Stiles
Nov 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Hanne T
Dec 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
I sWEAR books about military kids are my weakness! GUESS WHO CRIED IN THIS BOOK??
It doesn't top The Green Glass Sea but STILL. I love these books.
Jewels
Dec 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Kesha
Sep 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
Cole Federer
Mar 13, 2013 rated it it was ok
Well I really didn't like it because it was too slow in the beginning and never really got good
Adam
Nov 15, 2009 rated it liked it
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.
Heather
I loved the aspect of including improv theater in teaching. I would have loved to have a teacher like Miss Loupe, with a taped-rectangle "stage" and a funky couch as a prop in her classroom, who used theater in her teaching. (I remember my sixth-grade teacher had a box of plays in our room that we could rehearse in our free time. A group of us even performed one of those plays, complete with tons of miniature pancakes topped with Karo syrup found in the teachers' lounge, as a last-minute substit ...more
Anna
May 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
**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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Jake Bormann
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was amazing in my opinion it really made me want to be grateful that my parent and I aren't in the army because then I would have to find new friends. Also this book seems very real at times because of how well the story was composed an example of this was when Gari was in the stinky bathroom setting up army guys and painting stripes of fake blood. It also had a great theme and the theme was to me know matter what if you like someone or if you don't like someone you should st ...more
Autumn
Good preteen read set in a middle-school on an Air Force base. When their teacher gets some bad news about her brother serving in Afghanistan, the students use the creativity, imagination, and improv she taught them to rally together and help her out. Good example of how a group of students can use their ingenuity to help their school and tighten their community. Positive message and good writing.
Mr
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is so pleasing and satisfying to read! It's funny and the characters are well thought-out. I was so lucky to stumble upon it at my local library, and it was one of those that really just grabbed your attention really fast and kept you hooked all through the book. Sara Lewis Holmes needs to write some more books with that awesome prose of hers!
Annya
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
I rated this book a 2 because although it is kinda relatable to what kids do , it doesn’t really all happen at once. I would recommend this book to a 6th grader so they can see how they act. It shows that a kid is going through family problems and is also managing school. I like that they come together at the end to help each other .
Kara Thomas
This book is great for military kids. It also shows how kids can work for a greater cause. It also shows the impact that a teacher has on their classroom environment.
Hannah
Jul 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-stars
It is almost like this book is missing something. I don't feel like it came into completion. However, I did enjoy the parts that were there. I especially liked the characters.
S Brunning
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: school-books
FINALLY finished it. Not really a fan of this book or style of writing or characters or plot or... You get the idea.
Probably wouldn't recommend this book to anyone.
Tyler Standish
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: talon-s-books
Everyone you know is fighting a great battle.

Pick you battles or you'll lose them all.
EpicSpiritWolf
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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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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Lisa Nocita
Jul 28, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Angie
Feb 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
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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Ruhama
Jan 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: juvenile
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
Cole B
Sep 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
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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Joey
Nov 30, 2016 rated it did not like it
Operation yes is about a bunch of 6th graders who live on a Air Force base which values discipline more than improv. They didn't know what to make for Mis. Loupe, there school teacher, with her short short hair, her taped square “stage” on the floor, and her love for improvisational theatre. Mis. Loupes brother goes missing in Afghanistan and she breaks down, all the students band together to support their teacher. they started with foundation for her but it expanded into more than that it becam ...more
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
Tiffany
Mar 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
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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Dotty
Jun 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Squier Kauffman Rockower Lee Muscarella Ciciliot Webber Given Ceschini Taptich Reissman Maddox
I want to be in Miss Loupe's class! And I have just spent wonderful time with interesting characters: Bo, Gari, Trey and Melissa. And it is 1:30am. Couldn't put it down and helped pass my sleepless battle with poison ivy or whatever these itchy blisters are. I think this book has read aloud potential, with lots of inspiration potential and theatrical improv as well.

Booktalk: “Be Kind. Everyone you know is fighting a great battle.” Bo’s battle is with school and his military father. Gari’s battle
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Debbie
Apr 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Lynn
Apr 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile-nf
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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Sara Lewis Holmes is the author of The Wolf Hour, which brings together a wolf, three pigs, a witch, and a headstrong girl in a story, and Stories, you've never seen before but will recognize deep within. It's gorgeously written, fiendishly clever, and full of heart to balance out its brain -- a perfect middle-grade read for fans of fairy tales and fierce storytelling.

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