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Elle Fanning Dives into Olive's Ocean

The adorable Elle Fanning (sister of Dakota) has just signed on to play the part of Martha in the screen adaptation of Olive's Ocean by Kevin Henkes. Elle played Lily in We Bought A Zoo. She was very sweet as the young love interest for Colin Ford  - Matt Damon's son in the film.
The news reports about the film claim the book is Young Adult but on Amazon they cite it as a 5th-8th grade reader.
It sure sounds like its for younger readers based on its description at Barnes and Noble which I've included below. If you've read it and have a different point of view please let me know.

I 'll be interested to see how they make and market this one!

Sometimes life can change in an instant

"Martha Boyle and Olive Barstow could have been friends, but they weren't. Weeks after a tragic accident, all that is left are eerie connections between the two girls, former classmates who both kept the same secret without knowing it. Now, even while on vacation at the ocean, Martha can't stop thinking about Olive. Things only get more complicated when Martha begins to like Jimmy Manning, a neighbor boy she used to despise. What is going on? Can life for Martha be the same ever again?
A 2004 Newbery Honor Book"


  1. I haven't read Olive's Ocean yet, but now I'm seriously considering picking it up. I noticed that you mentioned that Elle Fanning played Matt Damon's daughter in We Bought a Zoo. She actually didn't play his daughter, which is a good thing since she and his son were into each other, she played Kelly's cousin who worked at the restaurant.

    1. Melissa you are absolutely right! I don't know what I was thinking... I saw the movie and quite enjoyed it. I'll have to correct the post.

  2. I'll have to get to reading this book then. I picked it up at the library one time and brought it home, but had to take it back unread. It should be a quick read.

  3. I love this book. I read it for the first time with my class when I was in 3rd grade. I actually loved it so much that my teacher gave me her copy. Now, almost 10 years later I still have the book. It's actually sitting right next to me because I just finished reading it for the 14 billionth time. This book has stuck with my throughout my childhood and I am so excited to see it be turned into a movie. My only fear is that it will not live up to my expectations because of how much I actually love this book. I am so excited. I cannot wait!

    1. I wish I could update you with new info but to date there's no news on this one; it's still listed as being 'in development' but they're moving like snails, if at all.


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