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The Odd Job Squad [Kindle Edition]

Karl Fields
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Book Description

Thirteen-year-old Ander Cartwright is an expert on two subjects: fortune cookies and payback.

Especially payback.

When he's not struggling with algebra, Ander is the leader of an anonymous revenge club that operates within the walls of Marina Middle School. Got a beef with a classmate? Email Ander's crew, and if your case is legit, they'll get even on your behalf.

It's not easy to right wrongs while flying under the radar. That's why Ander developed three simple rules design to help keep him and his friends from blowing their cover.

But when Ander spots the opportunity to settle an old score of his own, he ignores the rules, setting off a chain of events that threatens to blow his cover, and it'll take all the butt-kicking, detention-dodging skill the team can muster to keep a lid on their secret.

Product Details

  • File Size: 344 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1463537891
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00560R9BC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,202,181 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Review of The Odd Job Squad November 3, 2011
By Lydia
Okay, this was a cute book. I was homeschooled, so I don't have memories of bullying or being picked on (although I was picked on a little bit by other means), but if I had the types of memories most people seem to have - then I would have loved to have an Odd Job Squad firmly on my side.

Karl Fields reaches out through middle-grade humor to teach a subtle lesson. Through the pranks and hijinks of the Odd Job Squad, he highlights the feelings and emotions that are cascading through the bodies of all middle-graders- the need to be accepted, to be who they are and more. And while some of the pranks are absolutely hilarious (fish eyes, I'm looking at you), I was actually more touched by the friendship bonds being displayed.

The Odd Job Squad is a great middle-age book, especially if you are looking for that book to get a boy interested in reading. It's funny, smart and teaches a good lesson without being preachy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Think Diary of A Wimpy Kid September 25, 2011
Have you got a son that is finding it hard to get into reading ? Has he read the books Captain Underpants , Diary of A Wimpy Kid , Middle Grade was the worst years of my life ? If so, then The Odd Job Squad by Karl Fields is the perfect book to move him onto and develop his reading skills as it's more pages than they are used too , but if they enjoyed the storylines of the above then this is them for sure. We all know that boys love books that have the characters getting into mischief and it makes it even more enjoyable when they can relate to it e.g at school and dodging detentions and getting into trouble with the teachers/principals.
The Odd Job Squad takes us into the heart of middle school where Ander Cartwright has formed a squad called "The Odd Job Squad", these are the kids that you go to when you have a fight with somebody and are aching for revenge and payback. You have a problem with a classmate e.g the bully that keeps stealing your lunch money or the person whose cheating off you in class , then whizz on your computer and email the Odd Job Squad and if your case is up their alley and most of the time it is as you will notice in the book, then they will concot a revenge plan - for those who have read "The Lying Game" by Sara Shepard- think Sutton's L Game.
Ander and his team have come up with three rules :
1) Strictly Business - No Personal
2) No Repeat Business
3) Your'e all In.
These three rules help them to stay under the radar and not get caught by nosy teachers and rule-biding principals and help them stay anonymous , however when Ander gets caught up in his own plan for revenge , he starts to break the rules -every single one of them , now Ander must be careful and vigilante otherwise he may find himself facing expulsion.
Can Ander's friends pull him back before it's too late or has Ander gone one payback too far ?
Find out in Karl Field's novel , great for Boys - The Odd Job Squad.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun anti-bully read September 11, 2011
I finally finished this book! Hooray! Starting another school year has been busier and more hectic than I thought it would be, which has put a major damper on my reading for fun. The Odd Job Squad is a middle grades book set in your typical middle school. There are nerdy characters, jocks, vicious socialites in the making, and bullies. Your average middle school population.

I really thought this one was pretty cute. Not fluffy marshmallow and pink bunny kind of cute, but a good clean MG read. There was enough suspense to keep the pages turning. Unlike most MG books, there isn't an overwhelming sense of good overcoming evil. Yes, the Odd Job Squad is all about settling the score for the underdog, but some scores aren't really settled. There were several layers that added to this story that really made it better than the typical fluff read.

The characters weren't overly developed. Ander and Shooter are the more developed off the group. Ander moves from an immature, self-absorbed 8th grader to someone that thinks of others before himself. Shooter is a little more complicated. The reader doesn't get much of a sense of what she was like before the story actually begins, so it's safe to assume we meet her in the middle of her transformation. She has serious life issues that cause her to reflect on her life and the role her friends play in it. It's a pretty deep event for a MG book, but it is handled with delicacy that I think most kids will be able to relate with. If you're expecting a deep, complicated set of characters, you aren't going to find it in The Odd Job Squad. But then again, I haven't found too many MG books that have complicated characters.

The plot was fast paced. It starts off with one of the "getting even" events and keeps going from there.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun book for tweens September 1, 2011
By Nikki
Format:Kindle Edition
In The Odd Job Squad, Ander and his are in the revenge business, and in middle school, business is good.

Ander, Joe, Christian, and "Shooter" (the only girl in the group) started the revenge business back in 6th grade, when Shooter was having issues with the stereotypical popular princess, Stacia. Once they got started, the decided to help others get back at those who have caused them trouble. The group always decides together which cases to take, and the number one rule forbid them from ever taking another personal case again. Despite these precautions, things do get personal when Shooter has a run-in with and one of Ander's revenge plots lands a kid in the hospital. Although the two events are mutually exclusive, they do create a ripple effect that leaves the team running around the city searching for tickets to the hottest, most annoying boy band on the radio, learning a few things about the bullies that they bully back, and growing up just a little more with every turn of the page.

Now, I know some parents out there may be groaning about the glorification of revenge. I admit, at first I was thinking "oh geez, I don't know if I'd want my son reading this, it might give him the wrong idea!" But by the end of the book, the kids do learn some valuable lessons about what their actions do to others and how to better handle mean people. I'm not saying they swear off revenge or anything, as they are kids, and getting back at someone who hurts them is in their nature, but they do come a long way towards understanding the potential consequences of their actions. They're good kids, trying to stick up for the underdog, and I have to admire that. Ander narrates the story, so his growth is the most obvious, but Shooter also deals with some issues that play out through the story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read for Middle Grade
Karl Fields did an excellent job of putting the reader into the middle grade level. I give this book a five star rating. I loved it.

The gang had three rules: 1. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Randy Tramp
4.0 out of 5 stars "Lessons To Be Learned Here"
This is a story of middle school aged kids subjected to bullying. It's still a common catastrophe school kids face today which can impact their entire lives, and often the bullied... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Nancy of Utah
5.0 out of 5 stars Pinks, Bullies, and Middle Grade Drama
Have you been bullied? Is someone threatening you at school? If you have been treated unjustly, call the Odd Job Squad. Read more
Published on April 22, 2013 by TeacherWriter
4.0 out of 5 stars Revenge goes both ways in this fun story
When someone picks on you in middle school there isn't much you can do about it, at least not until Ander and his friends start The Odd Job Squad. Read more
Published on April 12, 2013 by Compulsion Reads
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Book
I loved this book. It was the first middle grade book I'd read it years, and it was wonderful. I loved Shooter and all of the other characters as well. Read more
Published on January 15, 2012 by Haley Keller
5.0 out of 5 stars Revenge and Hijinks, what could be better?
How perfect would school have been if there was someone you could email who'd provide you with revenge in any instance of substantiated teasing, harassment or bullying? Read more
Published on August 24, 2011 by Rhiannon Ryder
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun read
The Odd Job Squad was a book that captured my attention from the first page to the last page. There was a mixture of mystery, junior high romance, friendships, black mail, and... Read more
Published on August 21, 2011 by jlmac3011
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should read this great novel!
I love this novel! Fields has created a wonderful book for all ages, both young and old, which will captivate the reader from the very beginning. Read more
Published on August 2, 2011 by A Book Vacation
4.0 out of 5 stars Good middle grade humorous story.
Ander and his friends have a nice little business going at Marina Middle School. They will exact an appropriate revenge on a classmate if they have tormented someone. Read more
Published on July 20, 2011 by Karen Yingling
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