Operation Oleander by Valerie O. Patterson 187 pages 2/3/13 pub March, 2013
I enjoyed this novella a lot, I could only wish it were 150 pages longer, to continue what happens to the characters and situation.
Jess’ dad is serving in Afghanistan, to stay close to him she raises money to buy school supplies with some friends for a girls’ orphanage there. Operation Oleander, named after a flower that grows in both Afghanistan and on the Florida military base where Jess lives, gives Jess purpose. But when there’s a bombing while Jess’ dad and his friends are delivering supplies there that seriously hurts her dad, kills her friend’s mom and kills some number of orphans, the Army stops the fundraising.
I liked and understood the characters and situation. I would like to read more about Jess and her family. I read a lot of YA novels, but this is the first one I’ve read about a family member of a service member serving in Afghanistan or Iraq. And what's with that? (ARC from Amazon Vine program arr 1/31/13)