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Against the Odds Hardcover – September 22, 2009

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• A USBBY Outstanding International Book, 2009

"Hof reaches adeptly into Kiki's mind and scattered emotions, allowing her to tell her own story in simple, childlike language … Her plight will resonate with young readers…" — Kirkus

"The little girl's desperate reasoning is spot on in terms of developmental level and worldview. Her mother's conflicts-how much information to share, how to maintain a sense of normalcy-are also heartrendingly realistic." — Horn Book Magazine

" … a sensitive and honest portrayal of a family during a time of great stress."— School Library Journal

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Marjolijn Hof, formerly a children's librarian, always dreamed of being a writer. When Against the Odds (Een kleine kans), her first novel, was published, it was met with high critical acclaim, winning three major Dutch and Flemish children's book prizes - the Golden Owl Juvenile Literature Prize, the Golden Owl Young Readers' Prize and the Golden Slate Pencil - and it has been translated into at least nine languages. Marjolijn Hof has been praised for her ability to evoke emotions in very few words. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 350L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Groundwood Books (September 22, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0888999356
  • ISBN-13: 978-0888999351
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,846,892 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sandy on October 9, 2010
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This book is about Kiki, whose father has to go to war. She is very afraid something will happen to him, but the odds of that happening are slim. I mean, you could just go down the street and be killed, and we never think about that! So she starts thinking, and...the odds of a girl having a dead father AND a dead dog AND a dead mouse are even slimmer yet.

When her father becomes missing in action, she tries to create the situation of dead mouse and dog and increase her odds; her own mouse is too healthy, plus she loves him, so she buys an old mouse--who dies on her. Her dog Mona is very old, so she keeps hoping he will die--then she'll have a dead dog AND a dead mouse, and no way could she have a dead father too! Finally, when Mona doesn't die, she brings her to a bridge and starts to throw her over. Just then a man comes by and stops her before she actually does it.

Then Kiki starts to realize how bad what she almost did was. She feels terrible, and also realizes you can't increase the odds in your favor.

Her father does return, although his leg must be amputated.

I really liked the book and think it should be read by everyone. Although it is a translation, it is a VERY GOOD one--few books are translated into such REAL AMERICAN language. And Kiki is very human; she thinks like we all do, and reacts as we all would.

I think this is a great and very decent book for any library!
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