What reviewers are saying about The Odd Job Squad:
"I haven't read a book for tweens in a long time that I enjoyed as much as The Odd Job Squad." - The Review Broads
"The Odd Job Squad is one of the most fun and engaging reads that I have read this year... "- Ink Scratchers Review Blog
"This is another case where the book really had me from the opening line." - Tiger Holland's All Consuming Book Reviews
It was the perfect setup: an anonymous revenge club that gets even with the school's bullies, menaces and other troublemakers. What could possibly go wrong?
Nothing, until someone discovers their secret. And then, everything.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
When someone picks on you in middle school there isn’t much you can do about it, at least not until Ander and his friends start The Odd Job Squad. If you are the victim of an unfair assault you can email them and state your case. If they agree that you should have retribution then they will make it happen, (anonymously, of course). Their little mischievous tricks have been going on for years with no one the wiser until one prank goes a little too far and someone discovers the identity of one of the members of the group. Now Ander, Shooter and their friends have to find a way to discover who the mystery man is and how to stop him from telling the entire school. The Odd Job Squad is a fun and entertaining read. I would have loved to have been in this group, or at the very least had access to them when I was in school. Author Karl Fields has done a great job of revealing all of the issues that middle school kids run into from being bullied and first crushes, to figuring out algebra and the ever present boy band obsession. I really enjoyed the mystery and the situations that the kids got into as they were doing everything in their power to protect their friends and even their enemies. There are great themes throughout the book that I think younger kids will appreciate and find relatable. There were a few typing errors throughout the book which were not overly distracting. I would have liked there to have been a little more showing and less telling but I think that children will not have any problem with this type of storytelling. Overall I would eagerly recommend this book to middle school students and wouldn’t be surprised to hear that they love it. (This book was provided to Compulsion Reads for review by the author.)
I loved this book. It was the first middle grade book I'd read it years, and it was wonderful. I loved Shooter and all of the other characters as well. I kept thinking I had things figured out, but then something would be revealed, and I was completely wrong. It really is a great book.
If found The Odd Job Squad to be a very fun and entertaining middle grade book. Its a book about revenge, but its also a book about friendship. Anyone who was never very popular can probably relate to The Odd Job Squad, a group of not so popular kids who get some payback on the popular ones. Since the sixth grade and Ander and his three friends have been getting even for those who they vote deserves it, but they have rules. NEVER MAKE IT PERSONAL is one of those rules. When Anders has a chance to get back at Dorsey a football player, he sort of forgets his own rule. When this happens it throws the group into a whirlwind downfall. Anders get so wrapped up in the fact that someone might know who they are that he fails to notice things that are happening to his group. They are not in the sixth grade anymore, they are in eighth grade, and things are starting to change. Shooter is just not herself and has started acting a little strange around Ander and he is pretty much clueless as to what might be going on. Though Ander learns some life lessons along with his dilemmas. Behind ever bully there could be a kid who is trying to hid some pain. That getting even with someone is not always the best solution to a problem. The Odd Job Squad is a very light, fun read for both girls and boys (and adults) to read. I found it very enjoyable and I would recommend it to everyone.
I love this novel! Fields has created a wonderful book for all ages, both young and old, which will captivate the reader from the very beginning. Ander, the leader of The Odd Job Squad, specializes in payback, and his ingenious plans are both witty and fascinating. I love to see the underdog succeed and get back at those who treated them badly, and that is exactly what Ander does for those unable to do it for themselves. However, one of Ander's antics goes terribly wrong, and Ander must ultimately decide between right and wrong. This is a true coming-of-age story and I loved every moment of it! Ander and his friends are hilarious, as are their antics and dialogue throughout the entire novel. I must commend Fields on his ability to capture the dialogue perfectly in the MG novel-it sounds just like my students, and I know they'll love this novel just as much as I did. Although this novel is technically for younger students, it reads on an adult level and the moral of the story is one for all. At no point was I reminded that this is a novel for kids, although it technically is, and I highly recommend everyone read it! Four and a half stars.