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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

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Regular price $9.95 CAD

160 pages | 7.5 in × 4.88 in
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Also Available as an Ebook

About this book

Odd Man Out

Sarah Ellis

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 has won the Governor General’s Award and the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award, and she was recently nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, the richest children’s book prize in the world. She is a masthead reviewer for the Horn Book and teaches in the MFA program at Vermont College of Fine Arts. Visit Sarah Ellis' website:

Awards and Praise
Ellis's restrained but rich language and vivid characterizations bring readers directly into Kip's world.
  • Winner Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize, 2007
  • Short-listed Manitoba Young Reader's Choice Award, 2008
  • Short-listed Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award, 2007
  • Commended Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award, 2007
  • Commended CCBC Our Choice (Starred Selection), 2007
  • Long-listed OLA Silver Birch Award, 2008
  • Commended OLA Best Bets - Top 10 Fiction for Children, 2007
  • Commended ALA Notable Books for Older Readers list, 2007
  • Long-listed Chocolate Lily Award, 2008
  • Short-listed CLA Book of the Year for Children Award, 2007