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Mighty Odds (The Odds Series #1)

by Amy Ignatow

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This is a fast-paced fantasy/action book. Told through the eyes of Nick Gross, a "nerd", the story takes us through the adventures of six fifth graders and their experience of gaining superpowers after a bus accident. The graphic novel elements of the story add much to the readers' understandings of the action. The narrative sections are short and full of action, fantasy and adventure. Readers will recognize some of the stereotypes represented in the book, as well as the repercussions of these stereotypes.

This book will appear to middle school readers, especially males, who enjoy fantasy. This book will appeal to fans of graphic novels. I would recommend this to readers who like fast-moving, action filled books of the fantasy genre. This book will appeal to middle school readers who enjoy reading about cliques and stereotypes they may recognize through their own experiences. ( )
  mcintorino | Mar 26, 2017 |
Amy Ignatow - of Popularity Papers fame - is back with a brand new crew in The Mighty Odds. The story begins like many sixth grade tales, on a field trip. The characters are both unique and familiar - a contemporary Breakfast Club sans detention - abounding in diversity and personality. The class is just large enough to require two buses, a large and a small. One thing leads to another and a popular girl and a small group of "outcasts" end up with a single teacher on the small bus on the way home from a field trip. When the weather gets rough, the small bus violently crashes and those involved find that they now have very peculiar super powers. Very. Peculiar.

Ignatow does a phenomenal job in this first book introducing her readers to the highly amusing cast of characters. The diversity is refreshing and issues are handled deftly and in a way that should make perfect sense to middle grade readers and adult alike. The issues raised are very important but don't feel heavy handed at all, which is a note difficult to hit. The pace is quite fast, making for an easy and enjoyable read. Ignatow's signature illustrations supplement the text and look just like many a sixth grader's notebook. The only glaring issue with the book is a very abrupt ending, but it's clear the author is setting the scene for many more stories, so it's likely that readers will ultimately forgive the cliff at the end of this first story. Here's hoping for much more from The Might Odds! ( )
  einin | Aug 13, 2016 |
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