Kevin Henkes. Olive's Ocean. (Greenwillow, 2003) Newbery Award 2004
"Are you Martha Boyle?"
"You don't know me," said the woman at the door. "Olive Barstow was my daughter. I was her mother"
Martha heard herself gasp. A small, barely audible gasp.
"I don't know how well you knew Olive," said the woman. "She was so shy."
The woman reached into the pocket of the smock she was wearing
and retrieved a folded piece of paper.
"But I found this in her journal, and I think she'd want you to have it."
The rusted screen that separated them gave the woman a gauzy appearance.
Martha cracked open the door to receive the pink rectangle.
"That's all," the woman said, already stepping off the stoop. "And thank you. Thank you, Martha Boyle."
The woman mounted a very old bicycle and pedaled away,
her long, sleek braid hanging behind her like a tail.
Breathing deeply to quiet her heart, Martha remained by the door thinking about Olive Barstow,
unable for the moment to unfold the paper and read it.
An ink illustration to accompany the text from Olive's Ocean.