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Groundwood Books

Odd Man Out

Written by Sarah Ellis

For students in grades 4 - 7 | Published July 31, 2006 | ISBN 9780888997036
JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Multigenerational

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Regular price $9.95 CAD

160 pages | 7.500 in × 4.880 in
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Also Available as an Ebook

About this book

Odd Man Out

Sarah Ellis

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Winner of the Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize and the TD CCBC Canadian Children's Literature Award

Kip is spending the summer with his grandmother and his five eccentric girl cousins, including Emily, who thinks she's a dog. Gran's house is about to be demolished, so anything goes, whether it's drawing maps on the walls or sawing off the knob at the bottom of the banister for a smoother ride.

When Kip bashes through an old closet, he discovers the binder his late father kept as a teenager. He's bewildered by what he finds: puzzling lists, hair samples, old newspaper clippings and business cards -- all accompanying a confidential report written by a mysterious young operative who is carrying out a secret plan to infect teenagers with a cell-altering virus.

This wonderful novel has all the Sarah Ellis hallmarks -- quirky characters, insight and wit -- underpinned by resonant themes of family, memory and the creative imagination.

About the Author

Sarah Ellis

SARAH ELLIS is a celebrated author, teacher and children’s literature expert. She has written more than twenty books across the genres, and her books have been translated into French, Spanish, Danish, Chinese and Japanese. She has won the Governor General’s Literary Award (Pick-Up Sticks), the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award (Odd Man Out) and the Sheila Egoff Award. Her first novel, The Baby Project, remains a children’s classic, still in print more than thirty years after publication.Sarah is a masthead reviewer for the Horn Book Magazine, and she is a former faculty member at Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Awards and Praise
  • Commended ALA Notable Books for Older Readers list, 2007
  • Short-listed Alberta Children's Choice Award, 2008
  • Commended Maine State Library Cream of the Crop List, 2007
  • Short-listed CLA Book of the Year for Children Award, 2007
  • Short-listed Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award, 2007
  • Winner TD Canadian Children's Literature Award, 2007
  • Commended Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award, 2007
  • Long-listed OLA Silver Birch Award, 2008
  • Commended CCBC Our Choice (Starred Selection), 2007
  • Winner Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize, 2007