Odder Than Everby Bruce Coville
Beloved for his hilarious and unexpectedly moving novels, Bruce Coville is also a master of the short story. In this follow-up to Oddly Enough, he again presents a collection of unusual breadth and emotional depth. A ghost who died under uproarious circumstances haunts a kitchen baking “Biscuits of Glory,” while in the grand tale “The/i>
Beloved for his hilarious and unexpectedly moving novels, Bruce Coville is also a master of the short story. In this follow-up to Oddly Enough, he again presents a collection of unusual breadth and emotional depth. A ghost who died under uproarious circumstances haunts a kitchen baking “Biscuits of Glory,” while in the grand tale “The Golden Sail,” there are unexpected consequences when a young teen goes in search of his seafaring father. The collection includes a heartbreaking new story from Mr. Elives’ Magic Shop, “The Metamorphosis of Justin Jones,” and the bittersweet title story from the critically acclaimed anthology Am I Blue? A perfect introduction to Bruce Coville’s magic for the uninitiated, Odder Than Ever also has a treat for his die-hard fans: three never-before-published stories.
This is a powerful novel with a heroine of enduring spirit, like Karana in Scott O'Dell's Island of the Blue Dolphins (Houghton Mifflin, 1960). Even the secondary characters-Walks Alone's brother, grandmother, and other family members-are fully drawn, and the reader feels their place in Walks Alone's life and in defining who she is. No punches are pulled in describing the violence and hardships suffered, but the characters maintain their integrity throughout, never falling into expected stereotypes.
VOYA Codes: 4Q 4P M (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses, Broad general YA appeal, Middle School-defined as grades 6 to 8).
- Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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- First Edition
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- 4.50(w) x 7.00(h) x (d)
- Age Range:
- 12 Years
Meet the Author
BRUCE COVILLE is the author of over 100 books for children and young adults, including the international bestseller My Teacher is an Alien, the Unicorn Chronicles series, and the much-beloved Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher. His work has appeared in a dozen languages and won children's choice awards in a dozen states. Before becoming a full time writer Bruce was a teacher, a toymaker, a magazine editor, a gravedigger, and a cookware salesman. He is also the creator of Full Cast Audio, an audiobook company devoted to producing full cast, unabridged recordings of material for family listening and has produced over a hundred audiobooks, directing and/or acting in most of them. Bruce lives in Syracuse, New York, with his wife, illustrator and author Katherine Coville. Visit his website at www.brucecoville.com.
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As a member of a powerhouse speech and debate team, I am constantly looking for good pieces of literature for the acting and performance events. This book has provided several beautiful pieces for Prose Interpretation and Dramatic Interpretation. This is a great book even if you don't plan to perform it.
My mature 10 year old son (advanced reader) checked this book out from our school's elementary library hoping it would contain creepy mystery stories, similar to Goosebumps, but instead read very bizarre, at times disturbing stories which contained topics not appropriate for an elementary-middle school aged student. One story is of a man who can't decide his sexual orientation so he is visited by his "fairy Godfather". The fairy Godfather originated after he was killed in a gay bashing incident(killed with a tire iron) and felt becoming a fairy Godfather was most appropriate since he spent his life being called faggot and fairy. The man wishes all gay people would turn blue so he doesn't have to refine his "gaydar" senses and then he can date more easily by identify individuals to date if he so chooses to become homosexual. Another story is of a bloody mirror which brings a creature into your body every time you look at it ultimately killing one and living inside another. The boy has to contemplate suicide as a way of freeing himself from the creature. After skimming a few other stories which involve death and torture and no resolve for a happy ending, I had read enough. Sadly, my son had read the whole book for a book report and was left disappointed and at his age did not fully understand all of the content and was overly creeped out by some of the other stories. If I had read this book prior to him, I would have helped him choose another. After discussing this book with his teacher and another parent, all are in agreement that it was surprising that he found this at our library and will likely have it shipped to the high school. The cover, excerpts and back do not indicate the true nature of this book. My husband wonders what is the true agenda of this author promoting the book for this age level? As an educator, I do not promote book banning, but the explicit topic of deciding sexual orientation, gay-bashing and suicidal thoughts does not seem appropriate for an elementary library (even at 5th grade and is very questionable for middle school). Given the bizarre nature, older-aged topics and at times disturbing ideas this book has in contrast with wonderful literature/mysteries that is available, I would not recommend this for my 17 year old either. Please use parental and educator caution when considering this book.
This book is outstanding! Once I had laid eyes on the cover, I got hooked on a train filled with fantasy coming my way! Nine wonderful stories woven togehter into one book! How great is that?
I loved the book and my favorite was bicuits of glory.I believe Bruce's books come alive in youre mind.The books are good for kids and won't think they're scary.Well that's only my opinion i hope you read the book!