Against the Odds
Against the Odds

Series: The Odds Series Vol. 2   

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Annotation: As their powers evolve in possibly dangerous ways, the Odds learn of a nefarious experiment in which they are unwitting test subjects and, even more incredible, become friends.
Catalog Number: #139697
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
All Formats: Search
Copyright Date: 2017
Edition Date: 2017
Pages: 224 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-419-72308-1
ISBN 13: 978-1-419-72308-7
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2016038822
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
Horn Book
Fans of the equally offbeat predecessor The Mighty Odds should be eager to learn the backstory of the main characters' strange superpowers, which involves an ill-intentioned lab testing a drug on rabbits--and on Amish teens during their Rumspringa. The often funny mission to rescue several people locked up by that lab is punctuated with drawings, news articles, and sometimes boorish middle-school dialogue.
Kirkus Reviews
A small group of young teens who have suddenly acquired bizarre superpowers are back for a second romp.Reading series opener The Mighty Odds (2016) is essential for an understanding of the second, but who would want to miss it? During a bus accident, four middle school students, an Amish teen, and the driver acquired strange new powers. Cookie, the only black kid, mocks others' occasional discomfort with her race and can read minds—but mostly just thoughts involving directions; Iranian-American Farshad has helicopter parents and superstrong thumbs; Nick, white, can teleport four inches to the left; Martina, also white, can see the bus driver, who became invisible, and has eyes that constantly change color; Amish Abe can communicate (politely) with animals but not so well with Cookie. White Jay has no superpowers, but he's so hilariously irrepressible that he's oblivious to rejection, quite a strength in itself. It's become clear that major local employer Auxano is nefariously behind what's happened. The teens discover that it's holding prisoner an Amish young adult who may also have powers, necessitating a bumbling rescue mission and setting up the next in the series. A fantastic hybrid of novel and graphic novel, this is a fine selection for both reluctant readers and anyone who enjoys an exuberant combination of spot-on humor and nail-biting suspense. (Graphic/fantasy hybrid. 10-16)
School Library Journal
Gr 46The Odds, a motley crew of middle school students from Muellersville, PA, are bonded together because they all accidentally gained superpowers. In the aftermath of a fateful bus accident, they are learning to live with their new abilities. They are also trying to come to an understanding of what part the scientific lab Auxano played in the whole incident. Together they travel to Philadelphia, then to an apartment full of excommunicated Amish teens, and finally into the belly of Auxano, all while going to school and taking exams. The Odds are also attempting to hone their powers; Farshad's strong thumbs cause him to break things, and Nick's original ability to transport himself a few inches has transformed into more than he bargained for. Their journey is full of self-realizations as well. Cookie must learn how to manage her social circle and admit that she has more in common with her Odds partners than she thought. Told in a mixture of prose, comic book illustrations, and newspaper articles, this title is sure to grab the attention of many types of readers. The characters are from a mix of cultural and ethnic backgrounds, including Indian American, Amish, and African American, and they freely acknowledge their differences. This is very much a sequel, and the setting is continually being developed. VERDICT Recommended for middle grade readers familiar with the first book and ready for more "Odds" adventures.Morgan Brickey, Arlington Public Library, TX
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Word Count: 34,621
Reading Level: 4.7
Interest Level: 4-7
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.7 / points: 5.0 / quiz: 198005 / grade: Middle Grades
Guided Reading Level: E

In the second title in the slam-dunk new series from bestselling author Amy Ignatow, the Odds are back and trying to figure out just who inflicted these lame abilities on them in the first place. Nick can still teleport four inches to the left, and Farshad's thumbs are still super strong. Cookie can still read minds, if they're thinking of directions, and Martina can still change the color of her eyes. But now, Martina can see the invisible, and when Nick is super stressed, he can move a lot farther than four inches. As their powers evolve in possibly dangerous ways, the Odds are even more determined to solve the mystery of their origin, but it means interacting at school--a serious social risk to popular girl Cookie. Soon, it becomes clear that Auxano, the chemical company that employs half the town, is involved. With the help of some renegade Amish teenagers and Ed, the invisible bus driver, this unlikely group of companions will uncover a nefarious experiment in which they've become unwitting test subjects. They'll also begin to become something even more incredible--friends.

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