Operation Oleander

Operation Oleander

By Valerie O. Patterson

Clarion Books, Hardcover, 9780547244372, 187pp.

Publication Date: March 2013

Ninth-grader Jess Westmark had the best of intentions when she started Operation Oleander to raise money for a girls orphanage in Kabul. She named her charity for the oleander that grows both in her Florida hometown and in Afghanistan, where her father is deployed. But on one of her father's trips to deliver supplies to the orphans, a car bomb explodes nearby and her father is gravely injured. Worse, her best friend's mother and some of the children are killed, and people are blaming Operation Oleander for turning the orphanage into a military target for the Taliban. Is this all Jess's fault?

About the Author
Valerie O. Patterson holds an MFA in Children's Literature from Hollins University, where she twice received the Shirley Henn Award for Creative Scholarship. She has also won a Work-in-Progress Award for her writing from the SCBWI. Valerie is an attorney in her day job and lives with her husband in Leesburg, Virginia.

Praise For Operation Oleander

"Many young readers will identify with the day-to-day trepidation felt by Jess, Meriwether, and the other families living on the base."

"Full of detail about Army life, Patterson's elegant prose brings readers deep inside Jess's conflicted point of view and the many stresses she is under, as she reevaluates her role as a member of a military family."
Publishers Weekly