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Operation Do-Over Kindle Edition
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Unteachables, Gordon Korman, comes a hilarious new high-concept friendship story in the vein of Back to the Future. Perfect for fans of Korman’s Restart.
Mason and Ty were once the very best of friends, like two nerdy sides of the same coin . . . until seventh grade, when Ava Petrakis came along. Now Mason can trace everything bad in his life to that terrible fight they had over the new girl. The one thing he’d give anything for is a do-over. But that can’t happen in real life—can it?
As a science kid, Mason knows do-overs are impossible, so he can’t believe it when he wakes up from a freak accident and finds himself magically transported back to seventh grade. His parents aren’t yet divorced and his beloved sheepdog is still alive. Best of all, he and Ty haven’t had their falling-out yet.
It makes no logical sense, but Mason is determined to use this second chance to not only save his friendship (and his dog!) but do other things differently—like trying out for the football team and giving new friends a chance. There’s just one person he’ll be avoiding at all costs: Ava. But despite his best efforts, will he be able to stop the chain of events that made his previous life implode?
“Watching Mason learn from mistakes and explore new aspects of himself (especially with a 17-year-old consciousness trapped in a preteen body) is vicariously satisfying, and the sheer fascination of his predicament will keep readers turning pages, anxious to find out if he succeeds.” -- Kirkus Reviews
"Korman’s signature blend of comedy, drama, and middle grade angst will leave readers with a warm fuzzy feeling.” -- Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Just plain fun from start to finish, this story will appeal to Korman’s many fans and others who enjoy humorous fiction.” -- School Library Journal
“A rewarding time-slip story.” -- Booklist
“Korman brings his usual humor and heart to this well-plotted mystery… that sensitively explores themes of friendship and family.” -- Publishers Weekly --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
About the Author
Gordon Korman published his first book at age fourteen and since then has written more than ninety middle grade and teen novels. Favorites include the New York Times bestselling Ungifted, Supergifted, The Unteachables, Pop, Schooled, and the Masterminds series. Gordon lives with his family on Long Island, New York. You can visit him online at www.gordonkorman.com.--This text refers to the hardcover edition.
- ASIN : B092VXRLGF
- Publisher : Balzer + Bray (January 18, 2022)
- Publication date : January 18, 2022
- Language : English
- File size : 1942 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 298 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0063032740
- Best Sellers Rank: #82,540 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The thoughtful premise of this novel is the time travel narrative that examines the long-term impact of one’s actions.
Mason Rolle has shared a “two-brain hive mind” with Tyrus Ehrlich since elementary school. They share the same sports phobia and a deep love of science and time travel.
Big changes occur when new girl Ava Petrakis arrives from New York City and both boys develop crushes. The guys make a pact to a “non-Ava treaty” to maintain their friendship. But a terrible falling-out happens between them when Mason and Ava are caught in a photograph that ends up on the 7th grade chat.
Narration alternates between Mason at ages 12 and 17, until an incident sends 17-year-old Mason back to his 12-year-old body and life. Given this opportunity for a do-over, he seeks to right wrongs as well as try new things that maybe could alter the bad things that happened during his middle school years.
I found the story engaging from start to finish. It is filled with warmth and middle grade humor. All my questions didn’t get answered but hey that’s ok since the book was so good. I kind of feel that Korman left it open for a part two book in the lives of these friends. Ages 8–12
The writing was good, as always. I liked the characters. The pacing was good. The ending was generally satisfying.
There did seem to be a bit of a "nerds need to get into team sports in order to be popular and happy" message. With our main character, it seemed an interesting and organic twist. [SPOILER! SPOILER!! BEWARE!] But then when the second character turned from unpopular and unlikeable to cool, happy, and attractive, just because of sports, and the main character said something along the lines of how nerds just need to "put themselves out there," it felt quite preachy, with a message of "being sciencey and academic isn't enough." I really don't think that's what the author meant, and I don't think everyone will take it that way, but some kids definitely will. I wish the author had just kept the sports transformation to the one character. [END SPOILERS. SAFE TO KEEP READING].
More accurate personal rating because of my issue with the message: 3.5 stars.
That said, I'll certainly read more of Gordon Korman.
A nerd who never did team sports in school but who was quite happy.
As with every Gordon Korman book, this is funny, brisk, and compellingly readable. I've never read anything of his that wasn't absolutely absorbing and this is no exception. This is such an interesting meditation on friendship, fate, confidence, and how much control we really do (and should) have over our worlds. While the basic premise is familiar, the execution is unique--there were several beats and turns I had not anticipated. In the end, the reader is left with much to ponder, which is the mark of a great book!
Many thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review!
This book was super fun to read. Time travel is such a cool concept and using it to fix a broken relationship lets students focus on what they would like to do over. I can see this having a lot of reach with students.
Many thanks to Net Galley and Harper Collins for providing me with an ARC of this book.