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Elvis Olive

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  87 ratings  ·  21 reviews
This delightful middle-grade novel is now available in paperback!

Natalie and Annie become friends and decide to spend their summer spying on their neighbors. What begins as a game turns serious when their findings are revealed to the neighborhood, and when the girls discover unexpected things about each other. While the girls learn that it's sometimes helpful to reveal sec
Paperback, 240 pages
Published June 1st 2010 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published 2010)
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Feb 25, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This heartwarming story of friendship between two very different girls was a great book to read together with my almost 9 year-old daughter. She absolutely loved it. This is the second book author Stephanie Watson writes about 9 year-old Annie Beckett and 10 year-old Nathalie Wallis, best friends who use the code names Elvis and Olive. Funny, a little mysterious and sometimes sad, it’s sure to please middle grade girls.

Annie is spontaneous, creative and in foster care since her mother left her,
Jennifer Wardrip
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Natalie and Annie, nicknamed Elvis and Olive, are best friends. When Natalie decides to run for school secretary, she finds out she has to do a Helping Hands Project in order to run. The girls come up with the idea to start their own detective agency where they don't charge any money.

The campaign running is off to a rocky start, however, when the Principal says that their project isn't good enough. Between having to come up with a campaign slogan and a sign
Jennifer Wardrip
Aug 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by Kira M for

Natalie is living a life with prim parents. When summer starts, she meets a young girl named Annie who isn't wearing a shirt and insist on showing her a dead baby bird. Over time, Natalie gets used to hearing Annie's strange tales and the two become good friends.

When they decide to start their own spy business, they anger the neighbors, and Annie's unusual past starts coming to the surface. Who really is Annie, and what about her strange background? Are the
well they said no books is perfect..... there wrong. This book is just the one for me. I loved that they had cool detectives names. annie is elvis but why did she wanted to be called Elvis. actually natalie has a better detective name......olive. Cute and simple. How do you make these great books. Please send me a email at LOVE THE BOOKS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

sincerrly, me a fan
Jul 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: already-read
This is the second book of Elvis & Olive I've read. It's very well written and takes you back to your own childhood. When simple pleasures were the best. Like meeting under a porch, knowing your whole neighborhood, and playing with friends. Elvis & Olive are actually Natalie and Annie. They are best friends and like to solve mysteries. They take jobs among their neighbors to solve mysteries. Like the missing sandal, a missing sack of books and others. But the really big is finding out who or wha ...more
Aug 26, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this with my 7 year old and it was very enjoyable. In fact, I give a near perfect rating. It is reminiscent of both Because of Winn-Dixie and Walk Two Moons. The characters are both realistic and yet quite interesting. The reader enjoys the unraveling secrets of a normal neighborhood alongside the rather sad story of Annie and her family. I had the chance to meet the author at a local conference, which inspired me to buy the book, and it was one of those books that reads-aloud quite nicel ...more
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When Natalie Wallis moves to a new home, she quickly becomes friends with her neighbor Annie Beckett. They decide to spend their summer spying on their neighbors; they even create code names for themselves: Elvis & Olive. The girls have fun until they start to learn secrets about one another. They learn that it's sometimes helpful to reveal secrets and they also learn a lesson about the importance of privacy. The grade level is 4 and the lexile measure is 690L. This is great for an individual re ...more
Laura (booksnob)
Nov 03, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010, young-adult
Natalie is a smart, conservative girl who always does what is right. Annie is a energetic mixture of truth and fiction. Annie has just moved into a house across the street and Natalie isn't sure how to handle this strange girl and her crazy ideas. It seems highly unlikely the girls will become friends until Annie concocts a wild plan to become neighborhood spies. Elvis and Olive are secret code names for two girls who are destined to become the best of friends in their search for adventure. To r ...more
Oct 16, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
What a delightful little book! It's perfect for my 3rd - 5th grade crowd. I love the relationship between the feisty Annie and the insecure Natalie, who grows and gains confidence with Annie's support. It's so much fun watching their friendship develop. There is also the dynamic of one being in public school while the other is in private school--great for my private school girls to examine. I will definitely be recommending this one.
Apr 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Good pick (by Reed) about a good girl (Natalie) and the ragamuffin new neighbor who befriends her (Annie). Annie stretches the truth quite a bit about a variety of things not the least of which are the circumstances that find her living with her uncle and his girlfriend. Annie and Natalie spend some time spying on neighbors and there are repercussions that are wide (for a child, that is) when their activities are discovered.
Jan 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, juvenile
~4th When Natalie and Annie open their detective agency they take on new personnas. They find plenty of mysteries in their neighborhood, but perhaps the hardest are their own--how can Annie find her mother and how can Natalie win her campaign for student council secretary.
Nov 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like this book for a few reasons:
1. It's a mystery and I love mysteries.
2. It has a bunch of different things going on all at the same time, so it's really interesting.
3. It has basically a happy ending and whenever something has a happy ending that makes me like it more.
Feb 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like this book because it has multiple mysteries in one book.
Mar 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another outstanding book in this series. Heartwarming and humorous, with two wonderful heroines whose friendship is realistic and believable. This is great series. I hope to see more.
Mar 03, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The book was kind of good. There were some parts I didn't like very much.
Dec 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
True friendship story with real character voices. When Elvis and Olive (code names) decide to spy on neighbors there are unexpected consequences. A bit like Harriet the Spy.
Oct 08, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great follow-up book. I believe I enjoyed this even more than the first. Great childrens book and I recommend it to all young readers (mostly girls). Great story line.
Dec 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
These books are great. I love Elvis and Olive!
Suzan Jackson
Aug 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this sweet and funny middle-grade novel about friendship. Read my full review at:
Aug 17, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: elem, middle-school
Somehow I missed the first in this series, but I will go back and read it since I enjoyed these characters so much.
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