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Odd Man Out by Sarah Ellis

Odd Man Out (edition 2006)

by Sarah Ellis

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Title:Odd Man Out
Authors:Sarah Ellis
Info:Groundwood Books (2006), Hardcover, 162 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:grade 3, grade 4, family, coming of age, boy, kh

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A teenage boy goes to spend a summer with his paternal grandmother and girl cousins -- whom he doesn't know very well -- as his father died years earlier in a car accident. What he discovers, by inhabiting his father's boyhood bedroom, is a fantasy spy story his father wrote -- and unfortunately lived. It emerges that his father had had a paranoid schizophrenic period in his youth. ( )
  katie | Apr 7, 2013 |
When Kip's mom goes on her honeymoon to Hawaii, he is forced to spend a month with his grandmother and five girl cousins. Because the house is about to be torn down, the kdis are able to write on the walls and demolish anything not structurally necessary. Kip is not used to being around a spirited group of girls, and so he spends a lot of time in his attic bedroom where he discovers a notebook his dead father had kept as a teen. There are a number of ways Kip feels he is the "odd man out," but this summer will change that and his life forever. ( )
  mayaspector | Oct 26, 2007 |
Kip is off to stay with his grandmother and a whole host of girl cousins while his mom and new stepfather go on their honeymoon. Unhappy at the thought of losing his mom and in a place where he has never been before, Kip is a little unsettled until he finds a special notebook belonging to his dad. Between reading it, building a yurt, and having quite a bit of fun with his cousins, Kip learns about his past, his present, and what the future might hold for him.
  prkcs | Aug 22, 2007 |
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When Kip arrives for a summer visit with his grandmother and five cousins in British Columbia, he learns that her ramshackle house is to be demolished. This means unfettered fun for Kip and his cousins as they explore every inch of the place. There, Kip finds something unexpected — an old binder kept by his dead father as a boy. It’s a strange scrapbook filled with puzzling lists, newspaper clippings, business cards, hair samples, and intricate drawings — all accompanying a confidential report written by a mysterious young operative with a secret plan to infect teenagers with a cell-altering virus. Kip is both intrigued and alarmed as the fantastic tale offers a window into his father's unsettling imagination. When his cousins start making plans for Talent Night, Kip panics — then remembers the story in the binder. Can he handle what it will reveal about his father? This highly praised novel has Sarah Ellis' trademark quirkiness, humor, and insight. As well as exploring the themes of family, Odd Man Out features intriguing notions about memory and stories, how writers get their ideas, how real and imaginary lives are interwoven, and how the writing life can provide both escape and ballast.

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Kip grabbed the flashlight from his pack and pushed his way through the wall head first, landing with a thump. Something above him moved and ratlled.

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