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Odd Man Out

3.63 of 5 stars 3.63  ·  rating details  ·  75 ratings  ·  14 reviews
When Kip arrives for a summer visit with his grandmother and five cousins in British Columbia, he learns that her ramshackle house is to be demolished. This means unfettered fun for Kip and his cousins as they explore every inch of the place. There, Kip finds something unexpected — an old binder kept by his dead father as a boy. It’s a strange scrapbook filled with puzzlin ...more
Paperback, 168 pages
Published February 28th 2008 by Groundwood Books (first published July 31st 2006)
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The book cover is pretty unfortunate as is the name of this book. But the story is excellent. The title refers to the main character, Kip, who is the only male cousin staying with his grandmother for the summer. All the other grandchildren are girls. Kip chooses as his room for the summer, the attic in his grandmother's house which used to be his father's room. In the room, he discovers a hidden binder filled with stories his father had written. Kip's father died when he was three, so he is intr ...more
Told in third person, the protagonist, Kip, is on an airplaine, headed to an island where his grandmother lives. At the island will be his five girl cousins. The house on the island has been sold and will be torn down - their last trip to this place. Grandmother allows writing on walls and demolition, as long as it doesn't compromise the basic structure and bring the roof down on their heads. Kip chooses to stay in the attic where he finds something that belonged to his father, now deceased, and ...more
Joelle Anthony
I really, really loved this book. That's all. You should read it.
12 year old Kip is spending the summer with his somewhat eccentric grandmother and his five female cousins while his mother honeymoons in Hawaii with her new husband. In the attic that serves as his bedroom, Kip discovers an old journal of his father's and is delighted to see that his father is as imaginative as he himself is - until he discovers that his father suffered from delusions and paranoia and was writing what he thought was the truth.
Good story about a boy finding his way in life. Some
ar book level 4.4
Fascinating book, and extremely well written as well as enjoyable to read. Deals tastefully with a mental illness (of a character offstage).

Writing craft or great craft things to study in this book: group of characters (girl cousins) are well done--both as group character and as individual; mystery and memory and past and present is layered perfectly--wow!, offstage character.
Katie Day
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I was forced to read this for class and it's not something I would read on my own, but I guess I enjoyed it. I found the stories about the Operative very confusing though. Some parts just did not make sense.
I really liked this one -- a touch of A Beautiful Mind with many other layers carefully woven through it. Every element is part of the story, nothing extraneous, making it a tight little web of a book.
I basically forced myself to read this for class. Not my cup of tea. I really couldn't find a meaning for this book. I was waiting for the climax, but nothing happened. The book was quite boring.
This was good, I would have liked even more about the cousins and less about his dad, but I guess that was the drama in the book.
Boy's schizophrenic dad leaves fascinating notebook at grandmother's house.
A very engaging little book.
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