Olivia Bean searches for answers in engaging story

“Olivia Bean, Trivia Queen” by Donna Gephart. Age 8 and older. $17.

For 12-year-old Olivia Bean, the best half-hour of the day is when the game show “Jeopardy!” is on television.

It’s the only time when Olivia feels she’s in control of her life. After all, her dad has moved away and is living in California with his new family. Her mom’s boyfriend has moved in. And she has to deal with 5-year-old Charlie, whom she calls “little bother.”

But when Olivia has a chance to try out for the Kids Week on her favorite game show, she sees a real opportunity to make her life better. If she got picked to be on the show, she could go to California and see her dad.

This is a book you won’t want to stop reading for several reasons. Not only are you wondering if Olivia’s family situation will improve, but you’re also on the edge of your seat to see if she’ll make it to the next round of “Jeopardy!” (Who is L. Frank Baum? What was the first Lifesaver flavor?)

What’s the name of a great read for fans of trivia and lovers of fun books?

The answer, Alex, is, “Who is ‘Olivia Bean, Trivia Queen?’”

Tracy Grant, The Washington Post

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