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Oddity by [Cannon, Sarah]
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Length: 318 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Age Level: 8 - 12 Grade Level: 4 - 7

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Gr 4–7—Growing up beset by zombie rabbits, assorted aliens, creepy puppets, unsafe safety drills, and all kinds of unusual threats in the isolated town of Oddity, NM, is not for the faint of heart. But this is the town "where odd is normal." After her twin sister Pearl disappears in the last annual town "sweepstakes," fifth-grader Ada Roundtree marches straight off into mischief, mayhem, and no small amount of intrigue. Together with new kid Cayden and her best friend Raymond, Ada sets out to uncover the town's mysteries and find her sister. The playful language keeps pace with the madcap zaniness of the setting ("Daddy doesn't go all the way up Havasu Hill. And when you're only halfway up, you're neither up nor down—you're at Oddity Middle School."). Crammed full of imaginative and threatening obstacles and opportunities, readers will be hooked from the first page. Despite the fantastical elements, the cast is a realistic representation of an inclusive community: the protagonist is African American, her right-hand man is Latino, and there is a bevy of empowered female characters including a formidable aunt who uses a wheelchair, lesbian parents, and Ada's mom, who deals with depression. Like Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book, Cannon's work takes a sardonic tone, blending humor, darkness, suspense, and the enduring metaphorical battle of good vs. evil. The overall picture is chillingly creepy but cut with the bright tang of capable kids taking action. VERDICT Featuring a diverse cast of characters, this fantasy is chock-full of adventure and agency, making it a must-buy and a must-read for most middle graders.—Erin Reilly-Sanders, University of Wisconsin-Madison


“I’ve never read anything like this wonderful book. An infinite number of monkeys with an infinite number of typewriters have a story they want to share with you, and they’re going by the name Sarah Cannon so as to be inconspicuous. Do yourself a favor and take Oddity from their little monkey fingers.” ―Adam Rex, author of The True Meaning of Smekday

"This book grabbed me from page one. Wild, whacky, and yet utterly believable. You will love Ada and ODDITY!" ― Sage Blackwood, author of Jinx

"Sarah Cannon is puppet master of this delightfully dark and hilariously creepy debut. Herein, you'll find excitement, adventure, and heart―and I don't just mean the kind you’d be likely to discover, still beating (perhaps even beatboxing), in a jar at the local Oddity grocery." ―Heidi Schulz, New York Times Bestselling author of Hook's Revenge

"Readers will be hooked from the first page.... Featuring a diverse cast of characters, this fantasy is chock-full of adventure and agency, making it a must-buy and a must-read for most ­middle graders." ―School Library Journal

"Utterly endearing. A charming, enjoyable thrill ride with memorable characters, crazy creatures, and a theme about the importance of family." --Booklist

"This blend of the absurd and the supernatural is perfect for the imaginative young reader who appreciates eerie occurrences and a little wicked puppetry but isn’t quite ready for the button-eyed beldam in Coraline." ― The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

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  • File Size: 2319 KB
  • Print Length: 318 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1250123283
  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (November 28, 2017)
  • Publication Date: November 28, 2017
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B072HSML1P
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,052 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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