“You May Already Be A Winner” by Ann Dee Ellis takes place in Utah. It is about Olivia, who lives in Sunny Pines Trailer Park. She is an indepent 12 year old girl who has to take care of her little sister, Berkeley. This includes having to miss school and make Berkeley meals. Her mom works for a cleaning company all day to make money for her family. Olivia has been sending her dad emails, since he went away. But he is not responding to any of them.
Her situation is full of stress and responsibility, and she is forced to grow up too fast. This book has made me realize how lucky I am to not only have what I need, but what I want. Olivia is really young. To be faced with that much pressure must be hard. Her mom and her sister are counting on her to help the family, and she’s done so much already. “You May Already Be A Winner” has this factor of kindness. It attracts so much sympathy from anyone who reads it. In my opinion, this is an important element to a book because it exhibits another level of emotion.
Ellis doesn’t exactly do the best job of painting the picture of Olivia’s situation. For example, I wanted to know more about her house, her life, what she looked like. It made you imagine it too much and adding the details would have made it easier to picture, and ultimately, would have me enjoy it more.
“You May Already Be A Winner” by Ann Dee Ellis is great for mature 4th graders readers and up. People who enjoy realistic-fiction and don’t mind feeling upset would really like this book. Admirers of Sharon M. Draper, Wonder by R.J. Palacio, and Jerry Spinelli would enjoy and find this novel interesting.