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Odd & True
Contributor(s): Winters, Cat
ISBN: 1419723103     ISBN-13: 9781419723100
Publisher: Amulet Books
    OUR PRICE: $16.19  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: September 2017
Annotation: Told from separate viewpoints, Odette returns in 1909 after a two-year absence, promising to rescue her disabled sister, Tru, from the monsters they were taught to believe in.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Sisters; Fiction.
Poliomyelitis; Fiction.
People with disabilities; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2017009966
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.50" H x 6.00" W x 1.25" (1.05 lbs) 367 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2017 July #2)

Sisters Odette and Trudchen Grey grew up believing that their mother was a monster hunter, and Od never stopped telling Tru stories of their mother's exploits, even after they were sent to live on their aunt's Oregon farm as girls. In 1909, on Tru's 15th birthday, Od returns after a two-year absence (she says she joined a circus) and insists that Tru leave with her. Tru is hesitant—her leg, nearly useless after a bout with polio, slows her down—but eventually it's onward to Philadelphia they go, confronting their pasts and maybe even something right out of a nightmare. The story jumps between the sisters' viewpoints, past and present, and as the truth of Od's time in the "circus" becomes clear, so does her heartbreak, and the lengths she's gone to protect her sister. Winters's captivating, poignant tale of childhood magic and the bond between sisters ends a bit neatly, but readers won't care, drawn steadily forward by the book's mysteries and by Od and Tru's resilient faith in each other. Ages 12–up. Agent: Barbara Poelle, Irene Goodman Literary. (Sept.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2017 August)

Gr 9 Up—Trudchen, a polio survivor who reads tea leaves, is the younger sister to Odette, and both are Maria's daughters. All through Tru's youth, Od would fill her head with magical, fantastical stories to fill the dark times. After a two-year absence, Od returns looking haunted and accompanied by a case full of mysterious weapons that she promises will help kill monsters. Soon, the siblings whisk away on an adventure to find their mother, and many interesting characters and events cross their path. This story, which takes place in early 1900s Oregon, alternates from the sisters' past and their present, and is told through Tru and Od's perspectives. Through the interweaving time lines and points of view, readers will begin to question if the girls really do have magical powers. Teens will be anticipating what lurks in the next chapter. The story is adventurous and fast paced, and Winters' atmospheric writing and exploration of themes such as storytelling, family, disability, and trauma will entice many teens. VERDICT An excellent purchase for creepy historical fiction shelves, especially where the author's works are popular.—Maeve Dodds, Charlotte Mecklenburg Lib., NC

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