Fourth grader Odessa Green-Light lives with her mom and her toad of a little brother, Oliver. Her dad is getting remarried, which makes no sense according to Odessa. If the prefix "re" means "to do all over again," shouldn't he be remarrying Mom? Meanwhile, Odessa moves into the attic room of their new house. One day she gets mad and stomps across the attic floor. Then she feels as if she is falling and lands . . . on the attic floor. Turns out that Odessa has gone back in time a whole day! With this new power she can fix all sorts of things--embarrassing moments, big mistakes, and even help Oliver be less of a toad. Her biggest goal: reunite Mom and Dad.
|Publisher:||Random House Children's Books|
|Product dimensions:||5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)|
|Age Range:||8 - 12 Years|
About the Author
SUSAN REAGAN has ilustrated many children's books. Her work has appeared on greeting cards and in other media.
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Odessa Again by Dana Reinhardt Wendy Lamb Books, 2013 Fantasy 196 pages Recommended for grades 3-6 Fans of A Year Without Autumn and 11 Birthdays will enjoy this time travel story. Here we have Odessa, parents recently divorced, father getting remarried and mother moving into a new house. These kinds of changes are the real deal issues so many of our students are dealing with, and they can be heavy on young shoulders. None of Odessa's family issues are taken lightly, but the book does not have an oppressive feel due to the fantasy element. Odessa finds a spot in her attic bedroom that she can jump through to go back in time 24 hours. When she does it a second time it is 23 hours earlier. Each time she jumps she loses an hour on how far back she can go. Once Odessa figures this out she has a lot of choices to make on how to use her opportunities. Odessa starts with fixing little things around her and her friends or school situations, often very little things. When Odessa realizes that she can do more with this discovery she begins focusing on not just herself, which is when Odessa begins to grow. I wasn't enamored with the writing or the story, but I know that kids will find this idea very, very cool!
This book was definately a fun read, although I, personally did not find the ending completely satisfactory. Recommended fir readers ages 10 and up! :)
Stop writing stupid messages. Are you six yers old? This is a good book and the rating system is screwed up by idiots like you.