Odd Man Out

Odd Man Out

Book - 2006
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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.
Publisher: Toronto : House of Anansi Press, c2006.
ISBN: 9780888997036
Branch Call Number: ELL
Characteristics: 162 p.


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Mar 24, 2018

Rather good story . Skipped over the writing of Kip's father though as didn't really need to bog down with reading those parts to get the drift of the storyline . And found those parts a bit tedious / boring . Otherwise enjoyed the humor of his 5 girl cousins and his Gran also.

samdog123 Aug 18, 2008

Odd man out refers to a number of different things relating to the main character, Kip. An interesting read for a tween or teen who enjoys more introspective, emotional reading.

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