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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Against All Odds by Natale Ghent: Book Review

Against All Odds
by Natale Ghent:
HarperTrophy Canada (HarperCollins)
ISBN: 978-1-44340-625-3
Suggested Ages: 8 - 12
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Description: The Odds (Boney, Itchy and Squeak) have vanquished their mortal enemy, Larry Harry, and his two sidekicks, but that doesn’t stop these dastardly bullies from trying to compete against Squeak in a radio-controlled airplane contest. But everyone is blown away when the winner turns out to be a girl. And not just any girl. Samantha Moss is eerily similar to Squeak -- she can match him note for scientific note.

Itchy isn’t too keen on inviting her into the clubhouse, but it turns out the boys need all the help they can get: aliens have landed in their town . . . and have cloned the Odds! There are Itchys and Boneys and Squeaks all over the place.

It takes all their imagination and scientific know-how to come up with a plan to stop the clones -- but will it work?

The Good Stuff
  • A fabulous sequel to The Odds Get Even with enough back story included that you won't be lost without reading the first book. At the same time not too much repetition of the original story so those who have read The Odds Get Even, won't get bored
  • Nerdy kids and oddball aliens what's not to like
  • Fast paced storyline
  • Squeak talks like Spock
  • Addition of new character Sam might intrigue the girl reader to pick up the story. Sam is also not overly girly so she won't turn off the boy readers
  • Jake will love this book, can't wait for him to read it and hear what he has to say
  • Lots of gross out stuff for the middle school kid to enjoy
The Not so Good Stuff
  • drags a wee bit
  • Icky's character was almost a caricature at times, does develop, but was a little irritated with his lack of development
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"They'd brushed their teeth and kissed their parents good night and gone to sleep right away, like all good boys do ....  As if."

"Boney and his uncle peeked at each other in fear. At least when they knew what was coming they could prepare themselves for the shock."

"Little green men. I hate those guys."
"Actually, they're grey," Sam quietly corrected him."

Who should/shouldn't read
  • Perfect for the oddball boy/girl who feel a little different
  • Nerdy adults will enjoy and get a kick out of the characters
4 Dewey's

I received this from HarperCollins in exchange for an honest review


  1. Hey, thanks for the honest review. They're the best kind. ;)

  2. Anytime Natale -- always honest -- but never mean here - it really is a delightful book