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Odds Are Good: An Oddly Enough and Odder Than Ever Omnibus (Bruce Coville's Short Stories #1,2)

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Beloved for his hilarious and unexpectedly moving novels, Bruce Coville is also a master of the short story. These two collections, in one volume for the first time, feature eighteen tales of unusual breadth and emotional depth. This omnibus is a perfect introduction to Bruce Coville's magic for the uninitiated.
Includes an introduction by Jane Yolen.
Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 1st 2006 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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May 14, 2011 Anstjfla rated it it was amazing
Short stories are good.
It's because you rarely get interrupted when you are reading through the whole story, and it is also because it hardly is boring(pardon my words, but it's true!)if the story is short and easy to swallow in small bites. I like collections of short stories like these in this book, and you feel multiple of feelings while you read through many stories with sentimental, humorous, and those which chills your spine late at night. I personally like types of stories where you don't
Aug 28, 2007 Malbadeen rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: boys that say "that's boring" everyitme you recommend a book
In my on-going (albeit half-hearted) attempt to enjoy the genre of fantasy/sci-fi/whatever, I picked up this book and I immediately wished I had it when I taught 5th grade.
A collection of hugely diverse short stories, Coville is an absolute master of compelling beginnings.
Some stories ended camp-fire-esque in their silly surprise endings (i.e. Duffy's Jacket), others were wide open for interpretation and some were down right creepy (There's Nothing Under My Bed).
There was only one story that
Jun 05, 2009 Elena rated it really liked it
I think that all of the stories in the book were good, some about real life issues and some about fantasy too. Some for laughs and some for chills. I especially liked the fantasy ones, they were all thought out and presented nicely.
I also like how the stories are short in themselves, that they don't need to ever be extended into a bigger story, so altogether this book just WORKS.
All these short stories written by a man who specializes in children's books, were very uplifting. It says ages 12 and up, and that's exactly what it is, "and up". This book will remain on my favorites shelf forever. I am proud to say I own this book, because I can go back to the stories whenever I need them. Yes, need.
Kathy Chung
Oct 21, 2015 Kathy Chung rated it it was amazing
a wonderful collection of short stories

as compared to "oddest of all", i feel that this collection is more suitable for teens instead of children as some parts are pretty spooky and some needs more mature thinking.
Jan 07, 2013 Michelle rated it it was amazing
This book of short stories made for much entertainment. In a world of working too hard this provided a needed retreat for my brain.I have read other books by this author and had a feeling this one would satisfy me.
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Oct 16, 2014 Steve Wilson rated it really liked it
Some of the short stories in here are quirky and highly original. I'd recommend it for use with middle school and high school students.
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Mar 17, 2009 Jena Marston rated it liked it
I liked this one, I needed more time to get through all the short stories. If you like reading short stories, Bruce Coville is great.
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Other Books in the Series

Bruce Coville's Short Stories (4 books)
  • Oddly Enough (Bruce Coville's Short Stories, #1)
  • Odder Than Ever (Bruce Coville's Short Stories, #2)
  • Oddest of All (Bruce Coville's Short Stories, #3)

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