Olivia Bean, Trivia Queen
For Olivia Bean, the trivia game show Jeopardy is one of the only stable things in her life. Even in the midst of her parents’ divorce and her own troubles at school, she can always count on Alex Trebek to cheer her up from 7:30-8 every night. It helps that she, like her recently-divorced dad, is a complete whiz at trivia (except for pesky geography) and can even beat some of the adults who appear on the show.
In the midst of geography tests, missing her dad, and getting used to her mom’s new boyfriend, Olivia’s life suddenly takes a turn for the absolute awesome. Her nemesis-turned-friend Tucker has informed her that Jeopardy is having a Kid’s Week. And that she is exactly the right age to register for the online test to see if she qualifies. Soon enough, all of the studying and practicing has her mind off of her less-than-stellar home life and she’s ready to audition.
Will she prove her trivia prowess (even geography) and get to compete on the show? And, more importantly, will that be enough to impress her estranged dad?
Olivia Bean is a charming narrator with a lot of ambition and spunk, and readers will root for her on every step that she takes toward Jeopardy fame. 288 pages.
Recommended by Molly Crumbley, Librarian, Maryland, USA