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Children's Fiction Emotions & Feelings

Oliver Bounces Back!

by (author) Alison Hughes

illustrated by Charlene Chua

Scholastic Canada Ltd
Initial publish date
Sep 2021
Emotions & Feelings, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2021
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 3 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2



Oliver’s day has started out lousy — can he turn his luck around?


Eyewitness testimony confirms that Oliver is having a pretty lousy day. By the time he gets to school (late), he’s tangled with the hairbrush, stepped in dog drool, burnt his toast, and been hit in the head by his little sister’s gooey banana. At school, the pile-on of bad luck continues, and when someone takes over Oliver’s square on the reading-time carpet — that’s the last straw!

Oliver gets mad, gets quiet, gets sad, starts to talk, and then really takes charge. By lunch recess, he has the whole class literally bouncing around the playground, as he’s discovered the exhilaration of bouncing back from a bad day.

Oliver Bounces Back! is a delightful and powerful story about cultivating resilience and bouncing back from adversity. The interactive style of the story, coupled with extra tips and tools on anxiety and resiliency at the back of the book , will leave readers feeling empowered to take on their own bad days.


About the authors

Alison Hughes has published 16 books for children and young adults, with translations into French, Korean, Dutch and Turkish. She also writes short stories. She won the Writers' Union Writing for Children Award, and has been a finalist for the Governor General's Literary Awards, the Alberta Literary Awards, and many times for provincial children's choice awards. Alison thoroughly enjoys giving writing workshops and presentations at schools, libraries, conferences and festivals across the country. Otherwise, she works as a Writing Advisor/Editor for the University of Alberta, and volunteers with children and literacy. She's a big fan of animals, reading actual newspapers, riding her bike, and pawing through thrift shops. Alison can usually be found at her computer with a cup of tea, some chocolate, and some cats and a dog nearby.

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CHARLENE CHUA a illustré de nombreux livres pour les enfants de tous les âges. Ses illustrations lui ont valu de nombreuses récompenses et les livres qu’elle a illustrés ont été mis en nomination pour USBBY Outstanding International Books, OLA Best Bets, une récompense Shining Willow, et Kirkus Best books. Son premier livre Hug? a été publié en 2020. Elle vit à Hamilton avec son époux.


CHARLENE CHUA has illustrated more than a dozen books, including Amy Wu and The Perfect Bao, The Pencil, and Hug?, and her work has been nominated for the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award, the Forest of Reading Awards, the Shining Willow Award, and the First Nation Communities READ Award. Charlene lives in Hamilton, Ontario.



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