Ola Shakes It Up

Ola Shakes It Up

By Joanne Hyppolite; Warren Chang (Illustrator)

Yearling Books, Paperback, 9780375895098, 176pp.

Publication Date: January 28, 1999

"Moving?" When Ola Benson's family leaves Roxbury in Boston to a house in the suburbs, Ola is sure her parents have made a big mistake.What on Earth are they doing in Walcott--a historic, stuck-up town where the Bensons are the only black family?
True, there are a few good things about the move: Mama and Daddy have better jobs.They have a bigger house, big enough to offer a home to Lillian, a Haitian refugee.But the house is in a "cooperative community" with a million rules: No kids outside after dark.No playing in the street.No jumping in the leaves."No fun."
Well, if Ola's stuck in Walcott, she'll make it a place where she can feel at home.Ola the undaunted comes up with plan after plan, including Operation Pretend I Belong Here and Operation Smile If It Kills You.Finally she hits upon the superspecial can't miss plan: Operation Shake It Up.
Joanne Hyppolite celebrates community, cooperation, and family life in a warm and realistic story with an irrepressible heroine.

"From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Warren Chang has been honored as a Signature Artist member of the California Art Club and a Master Signature member of the Oil Painters of America. Chang's work has been recognized nationally and been profiled in many art publications, including the covers of American Artist and International Artist magazines.

Praise For Ola Shakes It Up

"Hyppolite gives an old story--moving to a new town--an unusual twist and a very appealing protagonist...A warmhearted look at a potentially explosive emotional situation, handled with grace and humor."
--Kirkus Reviews

"A story that speaks directly to a contemporary audience."
--School Library Journal