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The Odd Squad : bully bait, Michael Fry

Label
The Odd Squad : bully bait
Title
The Odd Squad
Title remainder
bully bait
Statement of responsibility
Michael Fry
Title variation
Bully bait
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
When his school counselor insists that he needs better socialization skills after being stuffed into a locker by a bully, middle-schooler Nick finds himself, along with two other misfits, joining the school's lamest club: Safety Patrol
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Review
  • Grades 4-7 Seventh-grade loner Nick Ramsey is so short he fits into his locker, a fact he knows well, thanks to bully Roy. Nick can only confront him surreptitiously by sending taunting texts as mysterious, self-assured “Max.” Guidance counselor Dr. Daniels decides Nick needs to belong to a group and assigns him to safety patrol, along with two other bullied loner misfits, supertall Molly and overweight, geeky Karl. Soon the none-too-enthused trio, guided by offbeat, philosophical janitor Mr. Dupree, set out to stop bullying. But amidst high jinks and missteps, they discover the meaning of friendship and compassion, and find confidence along the way. With generously interspersed witty cartoon drawings (final art not seen), the first Odd Squad title offers an entertaining take on some familiar themes by blending humor, absurdity, and realism into a supportive message. Despite occasional story predictabilities, narrator Nick is an engaging antihero whose issues and dilemmas are sympathetically portrayed. Sundry side characters, including Nick’s quirky grandma, Memaw, further enliven this enjoyable read, which is likely to appeal to Wimpy Kid readers. -- Rosenfeld, Shelle (Reviewed 02-15-2013) (Booklist, vol 109, number 12, p78)
  • Gr 4 – 7 — Seventh-grader Nick spends more time inside his locker than out. Roy, the school bully, constantly tracks him down and throws him in there. When Nick ends up in the guidance counselor's office for the umpteenth time, she assigns him to a group of other misfits called the Safety Patrol. She is convinced that if they form a bond and overcome their "peer allergies" together, they will no longer be targets for bullying. The three kids do have something in common-Roy. As much as they get on one another's nerves, they decide to band together to take him on. Though the plot gets downright silly and a bit confusing at times, the theme of friendship and, eventually, empathy for one another and for the bully, does shine through. The small cartoon illustrations on almost every page are the highlight of the book. They are clever and help clarify some of the story. Especially funny are the depictions of Nick's yoga-practicing grandmother, Meemaw, who always has the perfect wisecrack to sum up a situation. The first of a series, this title will be enjoyed by fans of Jeff Kinney's "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" books (Abrams).—Tina Martin, Arlington Heights Memorial Library, IL --Tina Martin (Reviewed April 1, 2013) (School Library Journal, vol 59, issue 4, p161)
  • Fry, co-creator of the comic strip Over the Hedge, makes his children’s book debut with an illustrated novel, first in the Odd Squad series, starring 12-year-old social outcast Nick. As the story opens, school counselor Dr. Daniels has decided that Nick and two other friendless kids, Karl and Molly, need to team up to avoid being singled out by bullies. Nick and Molly resist initially (Dr. Daniels wants them to join the ultra-dorky safety patrol, whose sole member is clingy Karl), but the three soon develop a plan to get back at school bully Roy, who has been tormenting them. Intermingled throughout is speculation about the ghost of Emily Dickinson, who supposedly haunts the middle school. Fry’s antic illustrations are a mix of charts, slapstick gags, and comics sequences, which provide welcome breaks from Nick’s long-winded narration. The circuitous story line and the book’s many over-the-top characters and pratfalls can get in the way of the points Fry tries to make about friendship, bullying, and outward appearances. Final art not seen by PW. Ages 8–12. Agent: Daniel Lazar, Writers House. (Feb.) --Staff (Reviewed December 17, 2012) (Publishers Weekly, vol 259, issue 51, p)
  • In an illustrated novel, the first in a proposed series, cartoonist Fry (Over the Hedge) humorously mines the world of middle school as seen through the eyes of bullied Nick to answer the question: Can three oddballs team together to take down the school bully? Nick, surely the shortest 12-year-old ever, spends his school days being stuffed in lockers by Roy. To counter their social isolation, Nick's guidance counselor forces Nick and too-tall Molly to join nerdy Karl in the lamest club ever: Safety Patrol. Mr. Dupree, a Shakespeare-quoting hippie janitor who is able to arm fart "Greensleeves," advises them to take control with a series of hilarious attempts to get back at Roy--until the kids develop some empathy for Roy and realize they are bullying him. Mr. Dupree's wacky antics as he advises the kids to "bring the crazy" are frankly bizarre. Much that the Odd Squad does to get to Roy (stealing, breaking into school records) is not admirable. But this gives the characters dimension: The bully is not all bad; the bullied are not all good. Abundant cartoon-style illustrations enhance the book's silly yet sensitive portrayal of bullying and unlikely friendships. An important message, humorously delivered, that will appeal to Diary of a Wimpy Kid fans. (Fiction. 8-12)(Kirkus Reviews, January 1, 2013)
Awards note
A Junior Library Guild Selection.
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10170423
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1959-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Fry, Michael
Dewey number
[Fic]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • 500L
  • Decoding: 5 (very hard)
  • Vocabulary: 5 (very hard)
  • Sentences: 4 (hard)
  • Patterns: 5 (very hard)
Intended audience source
  • lexile
  • Lexile
Interest level
  • MG
  • 3-5
  • MG
  • 3-5
LC call number
PZ7.F9234
LC item number
Od 2013
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 4
  • 7
NLM call number
Fry
Reading level
  • 5.6.
  • 3.5
  • 2.7
  • 3.5
  • 2.7
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
The Odd Squad
Series volume
0001
Study program name
  • Accelerated Reader AR-ATOS
  • Accelerated Reader
  • Reading Counts
  • Accelerated Reader AR
  • Reading Counts RC
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Middle schools
  • Bullying
  • Interpersonal relations
  • Middle schools
  • Schools
  • Bullies
  • Interpersonal relations
  • Bullying
  • Interpersonal relations
  • Middle schools
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
The Odd Squad : bully bait, Michael Fry
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Publication
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn793973583
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
214 pages
Isbn
9780545620222
Lccn
2012014286
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)793973583
Label
The Odd Squad : bully bait, Michael Fry
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn793973583
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
214 pages
Isbn
9780545620222
Lccn
2012014286
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)793973583

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