How Oliver Olson Changed the World (Hardcover)

By Claudia Mills, Heather Maione (Illustrator)

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 9780374334871, 112pp.

Publication Date: March 17, 2009

Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (4/29/2010)
Paperback (10/25/2011)
Hardcover, Japanese (12/1/2010)
Prebound (10/25/2011)

List Price: 15.95*
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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.

About the Author

Claudia Mills is the acclaimed author of many books for children including the Franklin School Friends children's book series, including Cody Harmon, King of Pets and Simon Ellis, Spelling Bee Champ. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.

Heather Maione grew up on Long Island, New York, and she received her Bachelor of the Arts at University at Buffalo, The State University of New York. She has always loved art, design, and doodling. She has illustrated many books for young readers, including How Oliver Olson Changed the World by Claudia Mills.

Praise For How Oliver Olson Changed the World

“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