How Oliver Olson Changed the World
Publication Date: March 17, 2009
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Oliver Olson's teacher is always saying that one person with a big idea can change the world. But how is Oliver supposed to change the world when his parents won't let him do anything on his own—not his class projects or even attending activities such as the space sleepover at school. Afraid he will become an outsider like ex-planet Pluto, Oliver decides to take control of his corner of the universe! How Oliver Olson Changed the World is an irresistible chapter book from Claudia Mills, featuring lively illustrations by Heather Maione. Oliver Olson learns that before you can change the world, sometimes you need to change yourself.
CLAUDIA MILLS is the author of numerous books for children of all ages. Other chapter books include 7 X 9 = Trouble!, an ALA Notable Book, and Being Teddy Roosevelt, a Best Children’s Book of the Year, Bank Street College. She lives in Boulder, Colorado. HEATHER MAIONE has illustrated many children’s books, including Remembering Mrs. Rossi by Amy Hest. She lives in Laurel Hollow, New York.
“Kids . . . will appreciate this warm and humorous story about one family’s struggle for balance.” —BookPage
“Personable and friendly, with touches of rueful humor.”—STARRED, Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Mills has a knack for creating characters who demand compassion due to a pitch-perfect sense of humor and pathos.” —School Library Journal
“An engaging and though-provoking chapter book.” —Booklist
“Mills’s previous beginning chapter books have been stellar, and this one is no exception.” —The Horn Book
“Oliver may not change the world by the end of his diorama project, but he will certainly provide a fast-paced, entertaining read to the chapter-book audience.”—Kirkus Reviews