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A story about fitting in and finding the strength to be yourself.Olive is an only child. She lives by the sea in a ramshackle old house with her mother, Mog—successful, busy, and hardly ever at home. Olive is very pale and very quiet and she doesn’t quite fit in. But she has a best friend, Mathilda, and that’s what matters. And then Mathilda decides to be someone else’s beA story about fitting in and finding the strength to be yourself.Olive is an only child. She lives by the sea in a ramshackle old house with her mother, Mog—successful, busy, and hardly ever at home. Olive is very pale and very quiet and she doesn’t quite fit in. But she has a best friend, Mathilda, and that’s what matters. And then Mathilda decides to be someone else’s best friend. Just as life really can’t get much worse, Pip shows up. Brash, loud Pip, who is everything that Olive is not, and is about to cause Olive a whole heap of trouble—and open her up to a whole world of possibilities....

Title : Pip: The Story of Olive
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ISBN : 9780385751711
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 256 Pages
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Pip: The Story of Olive Reviews

  • Lynley
    2018-10-14 06:26

    AudiobookI see some American reviewers on here having a bit of trouble with the Australianness of this book, and some even say that although they as adults are able to work out meanings from context they wouldn't expect American children to be able to do the same. I take issue with this view of kids and reading. You do know that Australian readers have to be up to speed on all sorts of Americanisms, right? As well as with British English that's not like our own either. We grow up reading mostly non Australian books and I believe we are a bit more worldly as a result. So give your kids Australian literature, for the love of dog. I was disturbed to find even the Kirkus reviewer has the same complaint. As if Americans can't possibly be expected to fill in any cultural gaps and still have a pleasant reading experience. Part of me wonders though if non Australian readers are assuming some of the off beat and head scratching details in this novel are due to its being Australian rather than to its simply being an eccentric book in its own right. For example, the setting is ostensibly Melbourne but the image I got wasn't Melbourne but some unfamiliar mash up of eras. Part 1950s part early 2000s. I imagined a Tim Burton suburb where the characters are made of clay. Something like Mary and Max maybe. I was often left thinking, now that is a strange detail. Is it a Chekov's gun? (No.). And the characters are caricatures. Which is fine. But since this is very much a character and relationships novel I would prefer realism. The plot of this book cannot carry the load alone. It meanders in the middle in the way only books aimed at girls are allowed to do. (Yes, boys should be reading books about girls and some keen readers are etc. I'm up with all that.)Here's a trope I'm sick of seeing, though if I watched romantic comedies I'd see it even more: the mother who is great at her job but can't hold her personal life together. Mog (who I kept visualising as Judith Kerr's cat) is a top Victorian barrister who gets prime minister's awards 'for being both a woman and good at her job', but she can't make sponge cake. She is never there for her daughter and is shown time and again to be inadequate. I think we need to ask ourselves as a culture where this trope comes from and what it's saying about women who 'try to have it all'. The answer is quite disturbing. Mog is a bit of a Lorelai Gilmore now that I think about it. And like Lorelai, Mog has great clothes, long legs and we see on several occasions that she is attractive to men despite choosing to be single. A good looking mother is more mysterious and glamorous for young readers, who mostly have average looking mothers. Does Mog's attractiveness to men redeem her other failings? The male gaze coming through here was a strange bed mate with the girl power ending in which mother and daughter forge on as a team. In real life of course mothers who are top barristers tend to be all round competent people. But that wouldn't allow for Olive's character arc, in which she learns her father doesn't want her in his life and Mog isn't such a bad mother after all. Note that Mog improves as a mother only after her Big Case comes to a convenient end right after Olive learns the truth about her father. (Though I did wish Olive wouldn't let that guy off the hook so easily. She should have at least listened to what he had to say about the trundle bed.)A takeaway message is that women can't have it all. Not if they're doing motherhood alone. What an interesting message I seem to have got out of a novel published just recently. It's probably the more honest message, though.

  • Eva Mitnick
    2018-09-21 03:26

    This Australian import is an odd duck (or odd platypus, maybe) – in fact, its interesting blend of offbeat plot, eccentric characters (except for the rather grounded young heroine), and slightly quirky narrative voice reminded me quite a bit of North American author Polly Horvath (she seems to bounce from the US to Canada and back).Olive is the only child of Mog Garnaut, a successful attorney whose energy, beauty and moxie are legendary, but who lacks traditional housekeeping skills, not to mention time to spend with Olive. It’s not that she’s unloving or unaffectionate – the reverse, in spades – but her job keeps her very busy.Olive is a pale, small 12-year-old with long, pale braids (plaits, in Australian – and in fact the book brims with intriguing Australian terms such as mozzies, tuck shops, and the always startling rubbers). When her friend Mathilda, with whom she doesn’t have much in common but whose oh-so-normal life and mother Olive envies, ditches Olive for super-wench Amelia, Olive is thrown into turmoil. Suddenly school, never exactly fun, becomes a nightmare as Olive becomes a social disease overnight.Right about then, the mysterious Pip enters her life. Pip looks like Olive’s twin – literally – but is much sassier, wilder, and more daring. Readers will soon notice, or at least I did, that no one seems to talk to Pip or even notice her, and yet her presence has a big impact on Olive, who refers to her as her sister. Together, they decide to search for their long-lost father, about whom they know (because Mog will say) almost nothing.Pip is rather a mysterious presence and yet her spunky earthiness has an effect on Olive that allows her to finally stand up for herself, to her schoolmates and even to her mom. Readers will buy this, but what remain unanswered are the questions of where Pip came from – and why. The last short chapter seems to indicate that Pip had a real existence – outside of Olive’s own imagination and fancy, that is, but still – why did she come to Olive? Did Olive, in her great need for both a friend and some gumption, somehow conjure her up out of nowhere, or was Pip some sort of being, a good fairy, who sensed her need and came to help? Or none of the above? Although I do have to see the title as a sort of clue – Pip seems to have been Olive’s alter ego, the risk-taking part of her.I didn’t worry about these issues overmuch while reading this book. Despite Olive’s apparent naiveté, the tone of the narration is rather witty and occasionally makes rather knowing jokes, often at the expense of Olive herself but mostly at the Amelias and Mrs. Grahams (Mathilda’s formidable mother) of the world. Mean girls are lost causes but nerdy loners often have hidden depths – something I could have told Olive but that she has to discover for herself (she knew she was skating on the edge of unpopularity but didn’t ever think of herself as in the same class as, say, the girl everyone knows only as Nut Allergy).Recommended for its intriguing quirkiness and Australian slang to kids grades 5 – 7.

  • Brian James
    2018-10-01 03:58

    Olive is one of those characters that makes you want to climb into the pages of the book and hug. Olive is a twelve year old girl whose best and only friend dumps her in favor of a more popular friend. To make matters worse, she also turns on Olive and becomes intent on making Olive the second biggest outcast in her grade. To deal with her isolation, Olive invents an imaginary twin named Pip and finally Olive has a true friend, because honestly, she's better off without her former best friend. What makes this book so powerful, from an adult's point of view, is that Olive is a very bright, talented and caring child. She is picked on simply because she's a little behind the other girls who have gone full speed into the notion of growing up. It's a particularly strong message in a world where kids are ever pressured to mature before they are probably ready. As a reader, you want so badly to tell her there's nothing wrong with her. In that way, it reminded me a lot of E.L. Konigsburg's Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth... but considerable less somber. Kim Kane does a wonderful job of keeping this story fun while still hitting the emotion keys just right. An interesting side-note: Though I love the cover art, it seems oddly cheerful for the book and for a younger audience than the actual story is for.

  • Addison Children's Services
    2018-10-18 03:26

    This Australian offering is so Australian that I think it may be difficult for many children in the states. I got all the meanings from context but I certainly wasn't familiar with some of them. "The lock was unsnibbed and the door pushed open." "She sewed sequins onto trainers and wind-cheaters..."� "Even though Matilda whinged about not having any sisters" The story starts as the typical two best friends, one gets a better, more popular best friend and the other, Olive, is left miserably alone. While suffering alone (Mom is a very busy attorney and Dad ran off years before) Olive meets her previously unheard of twin, Pip. This is about the time I started checking the subject headings for this book. Pip looks just like Olive but is outgoing, adventuresome - trouble, all the things Olive is not. MAJOR SPOILER ALERT! Eventually they work together to find the dad, are quite disappointed, Pip disappears, mom has more time, Olive makes a new friend and Olive's old BFF gets dumped. All in all, I found it a bit depressing.

  • Olivia Wendel
    2018-10-14 05:11

    Pip: the Story of Olive is a book about a girl named Olive. She is very pale complected and lives by the sea with her mother. You are able to see how strong and independent Olive is because she basically had to raise herself since her mother is very around. Olive goes through a major heart break, but learns to over come it. I enjoyed this book very much because it really opens your eyes to how a young girls acts in a world full of crazy things. It shows you the type of stuff that some people go through and how they endure it. Olive has to try and find herself in this crazy and beautiful thing called life. Although she is very young, she is strong. And I believe that children should read this book. It's easy reading and I finished the book in a matter of days. The book goes through the life of Olive and how losing one friend doesn't mean that your life is over, it simply means that you need to pick yourself up and carry on and learn from the experience.

  • Nykki
    2018-10-07 02:13

    I enjoyed the premise of this book. It is one I read to my eight year old daughter. She enjoyed it. It was maybe a little complex for her as far as Pip went but I love the moral of the story, the family situations are highlighted beautifully. I also like the approach the author took regarding friendships.

  • Erin Sterling
    2018-09-25 05:09

    Olive is an only child who lives by the sea in a house of antiques and junk with her quirky mother Mog. Olive doesn't always fit in, but she's always been happy with her best friend Mathilda. Until Mathilda decides not to be friends with her anymore, choosing the popular Amelia instead. When Olive meets her spunky and daring (but invisible) twin Pip, she is awed and impressed by her behavior that is nothing like Olive, but gets her into trouble at school. Pip helps her uncover the mystery of Olive's father, who Mom never speaks about and she only knows by the name WilliamPetersMustardSeed, but nothing turns out as expected. The story is a good glimpse at the changing friendships of elementary and middle school and how different people react to the situation and the mystery is engaging, the story loses direction at times.

  • Furrawn
    2018-09-24 08:12

    I had to look up words like chilli, wagging, and doona. I loved the exposure to new words. The book is an Australian tween book. Olive, the protagonist, goes through bullying, a busy mom, an unknown dad, etc. There were a couple of small parts that I know have been cited as being inappropriate for tweens. I think it droends on the tween. If you read the comments on your tween's instagram acct, you likely won't find the book to be inappropriate.Mathilda goes into a chat room. She's inappropriate. Olive is uncomfortable with what Mathilda types. Olive is the protagonist. She's a good kid. If anything, Olive can remind kids they can choose to NOT be like Mathilda.Just my two cents.The book is a keeper for any age. Sweet. Funny. Heartbreaking. Aussie.Love it.

  • St Stephen's C C
    2018-10-12 09:01

    What happened to Olive wasn't because she'd only ever felt half. It didn't even happen because her house was full of crap-knacks and clutter, because she called her mother Mog, or because she knew of a man named WilliamPetersMustardSeed. It wasn't because she had a peculiar relationship with the number two, or because her skin was the exact colour of chicken loaf. Although there was never any doubt that it was a shake-it-all-about hokey-pokey of all these things, what happened to Olive couldn't have happened without Mathilda Graham. Olive Garnaut likes things in pairs. But even with her own perfectly symmetrical family, birthday and bedroom, Olive has only ever felt half. How extraordinary, then, that one day Pip should appear..

  • Tina
    2018-10-06 04:15

    Pip: The Story Of Olive If you have ever seen the movie thirteen going on thirty you will defiantly like this book. In this story there are seven main characters Olive, Pip, Mug, Mr. and Mrs. Graham, Mathilda, and Martha. Olive is one of the main characters that show up in the story the most. It took place at school, the grahams house, and outside, Olive’s house and in the country. This story is how Olive is embarrassed about the way she looks. Later in the story Olive finds out that Martha is her twin sister. I liked the book because it was very surprising and it had lots of details and some unexpected details. It was a great story and I hope u get a chance to read it.

  • Book Bazaar
    2018-09-18 03:27

    From Tracey - This is a really sweet little book about a girl who is being bullied at school finding her *inner rebel*. Lots of messages for the tweenies about finding themselves, finding their estranged parents and learning how to tough out those tough days. Life is ever hard being a 12 year old girl...and i think this very sweet book might make it a lil easier

  • Piper
    2018-09-30 06:17

    I really liked this book . At first this book was a little confusing because this girl Olive imagines having a twin sister Pip who is Olive but the non shy one . The one who always speeks her mind , and doesn't care what other people think of her. I guess it confused me in the beginning because it doesn't actually tell you if Pip is real or not. But in the end the book it tells you really who everybody is . I would suggest reading this if you like fiction .

  • Denise
    2018-09-29 08:20

    Great characters. Interesting setting. Exciting adventure looking for Olive's dad. Pip's existence is never explained, which could be frustrating for some readers. Sophisticated readers will understand that she was Olive's creation and never really existed to begin with, but Kane never actually explains it. Vocabulary's a little foreign. Great for older readers who like things a little quirky.

  • Periwinkle
    2018-09-21 03:22

    my favourite book! i find it stupid how people think this book is all about popularity. the part about her dad makes me cry every time..." the kids have their needs." :[ i still can't figure out if pip was ever real...kinda doubt it. i really can't wait 'till Kim Kane writes another novel for this age group! love it!

  • Emily
    2018-09-18 07:04

    Cute in places, a little odd in others, this is a generally well written novel. Kane nails the nastiness of YEar 7 girls, although her use of voice seems inauthentic at times. The plot twists and turns (a bit much at times to be honest) its way to a satisfying conclusion, although elements of this will be obvious to most fairly early on.

  • Jillian
    2018-10-18 08:11

    Quirky and very confusing at times, but I liked it overall. It didn't seem like a children's book, but it felt too young for YA. It seemed like a charming book for adults who wanted to relive their childhoods. I guess I would classify this as a tween read if I had to.

  • Sarabia
    2018-10-07 09:20

    I never really finished this book. It was not amusing at all. I can name about 20 things that was wrong with this book. First of all the introduction wasn't that good to me and let's just say that it didn't get any better from there.

  • maddydupee
    2018-10-07 04:57

    so far this book is only gets to the exciting part at about the middle so it is going kind of slow...

  • Jessica Moon
    2018-10-11 10:13

    cute idea about a girl exploring and learning to be herself with the imaginary twin sister named pip.

  • Ellis
    2018-09-21 09:17

    Het was net niet helemaal waar ik op hoopte. De ontwikkeling van Olijf was echt wel heel mooi en er zaten ook echt prachtige gedachten in dit boek. Maar soms vond ik het een tikkeltje saai.

  • A.
    2018-10-01 03:06

    A truly sweet gem of a story. I highly recommend it.

  • Den
    2018-09-27 07:10

    This explores how children can feel when they lose their best friend to another. Olive conjures up an imaginary friend, who makes her do things she would never have done as Olive.

  • 1304jolie
    2018-09-27 07:27


  • Ali
    2018-09-23 04:01

    I hated this book. It didn't make any sense and it was utterly boring. I only read half of it because I had better things to do than waste time.

  • Mh
    2018-09-28 02:03

    its a brillient book but im taking my time reading: im juggling 3 books!

  • Stacy268
    2018-10-13 09:06

    To be reviewed on Tweendom.