"Holmes' eerie, anachronistic storytelling style is perfectly suited for this postmodern fairy tale pastiche. . . . Holmes' dreamy narrative is not to be missed for fans of fairy tales and fairy tale retellings." --- Booklist


"Holmes has woven in some of the things I like best about fairy tales: the strange logic, the sense of foreboding, the vivid imagery... This one will resonate with confident readers, especially those who are ready for some fraught plotting and moral complexity." --- By Singing Light

"With its vivid Eastern European–flavored setting, dreamlike internal logic, and hopeful ending, this re-casting of traditional folklore will captivate readers." ---The Horn Book

"This might land well with fans of Ursu's Breadcrumbs, and the triumphant conclusion could please fans of fairy tales with happy endings." ---Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books


"[T]he most buoyant example of ensemble work since E. L. Konigsburg’s The View from Saturday (1996) and the best of Gregory Maguire’s Hamlet Chronicles. . . . Flicking among points of view with increasing speed, Holmes tracks the blossoming of Bo Whaley, an often-in-trouble kinetic learner who takes to improv like a duck to water; his just-arrived cousin Gari (who will without doubt grow up to be a professional campaign manager); and a supporting cast of gently caricatured classmates, parents, and faculty. Though only a small part is actually written as a script, the entire tale is purest stagecraft: quick, funny, sad, full of heart, and irresistibly absorbing." -- Booklist, starred review

Miss Loupe is the kind of teacher every kid dreams about, and the “all for one, one for all” mentality that comes through as the students band together is inspiring. ---Publishers Weekly 8/​17/​09

"OPERATION YES is a book about learning not only to say yes, but to move that yes around and pay it forward, to others who might need help in believing in it....Thought-provoking. Wonder-producing. Solidly magical....OPERATION YES lifts off. And flies."

Operation Yes is filled with riches: caring, loving parents, a multileveled portrait of what it is like to live in a military family, sympathetic and well-developed characters, sorrows, laughter, growing up, and thousands of LGMs (you'll see). Contemporary realistic juvenile fiction of the highest order. ---Provo Library Review


"This is a fabulous book that sheds light on a culture that has been ignored in children's literature -- the culture of military families, military bases, military schools. This is a must-read. You will laugh, you will cry, and your heart will fill with gratitude and understanding, in a way that it perhaps has not before, for all those who serve for a greater cause."

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"A bright, capable character leaves readers with the wisdom that one must rescue oneself before rescuing others."

"...one of the best books I’ve read this year....Being gifted is awesome in some very real ways, but it also majorly sucks in some very real ways. Holmes really, truly got it. She absolutely nailed it."

"Original, funny and a little sad, Letters From Rapunzel gives readers new perspectives on coming to terms with the truth about things we can't control, and learning to rescue ourselves."

"The story is ultimately uplifting, and the narrator's voice is engaging, whip-smart, and funny. And, above all, it's a story that needs to be told..."

"Holmes manages her copious fairy-tale metaphors with a delicately layered grace..."

"(a) moving debut novel...pain and hope in equal measure...will keep thoughtful readers involved."

"...wildly funny..."

What Kids Have to Say...

I just read your book Operation Yes for school. I love it; it's so good! I would love to write my own novel someday. Where do you get your ideas from, and how long did it take you to write Operation Yes?

---Thank you! I'm glad you liked it, and that you came here to tell me so. I don't check this board as often as I should, so I apologize if you've waited forever for my reply. (I hope you didn't wait as long as it took me to write Operation Yes---about a year.) The idea for Operation Yes came from my own life as part of a military family; I'm sure your life has lots of interesting angles, too. And YES, please do write your own novel. Start now. Writing takes lots and lots of practice, so don't give up.

I loved Operation Yes. My dad is in the military, and I've felt exactly the same as the kids in Room 208. You described Base and AF life perfectly.Thank-you writing a book that totally hits home.

---Thank you. That's lovely to hear from a reader who knows base and AF life. I'd love to hear your stories one day too.


Thanks for coming to our school's play of Letters to Rapunzel!!! IT MEANT SO MUCH! I know that what we performed didn't even TOUCH what you wrote, but we tried! THANK YOU!

---You guys were awesome. Amazing. Inspiring. Adapting a book to the stage is something most people never attempt. But you guys ROCKED IT.

I loved the book! I forced my dad to read it when I was finished. It inspired me to create a plan A, even if I ended up using plan B!

---Thank you, and I hope your dad enjoyed it too. I just made a new plan for my next book. Writing, like life, is that way---planning, revising, more planning, more revising. Best of luck in your Plans A-Z!




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