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The Odd Job Squad

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  31 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
What reviewers are saying about The Odd Job Squad: "I haven't read a book for tweens in a long time that I enjoyed as much as The Odd Job Squad." - The Review Broads "The Odd Job Squad is one of the most fun and engaging reads that I have read this year... "- Ink Scratchers Review Blog "This is another case where the book really had me from the opening line." - Tiger Holla ...more
Kindle Edition, 205 pages
Published June 14th 2011
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Suzanne Lilly
Mar 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mg
Have you been bullied? Is someone threatening you at school? If you have been treated unjustly, call the Odd Job Squad. They'll balance the scales for you, and no one will ever know who did it or how they accomplished it.

The premise is original, and readers of all ages will identify with the social jockeying of middle school. The Odd Job Squad, operated by an anonymous team, takes retribution on bullies in a top secret way. Yet, when the leader of the Odd Job Squad becomes a target in his own ga
Lady Entropy
(Given as an ARC by Netgalley)

It's refreshing to find a different topic on a Tween\Teen book. This isn't about romance or "being yourself" or "saying no to peer pressure". This is about a group of teens playing the role of equalizers and making things right (in a way) will hiding who they are and not getting caught by the adults.

And in that process, they are often in trouble, and blindsided, and things go wrong. They aren't superhumans, they could (mostly) be normal kids with a taste for revenge
Jul 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
The Odd Job Squad was a book that captured my attention from the first page to the last page. There was a mixture of mystery, junior high romance, friendships, black mail, and humor. This is a great read from middle school aged people right on up to adults. Here’s why I liked The Odd Job Squad.
Reason #1: The setting was almost like another character. The characters in this story were all over San Francisco. The author weaved the sites of San Francisco into his story in such a way that the reader
Alanna (The Flashlight Reader)
I finally finished this book! Hooray! Starting another school year has been busier and more hectic than I thought it would be, which has put a major damper on my reading for fun. The Odd Job Squad is a middle grades book set in your typical middle school. There are nerdy characters, jocks, vicious socialites in the making, and bullies. Your average middle school population.

I really thought this one was pretty cute. Not fluffy marshmallow and pink bunny kind of cute, but a good clean MG read. The
Aug 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
I’ll let you in on a little secret: when I was in middle school, I wasn’t exactly miss popularity. I’ve always been a bit of a black sheep, and while I think it makes me more interesting as an adult, as a kid it made me the object of ridicule. Sure, I had a handful of awesome friends that made life more bearable, but to this day I still remember many of the taunts spewed at me. I recall wishing there was some way I could knock the mean kids down a few pegs. In The Odd Job Squad, Ander and his fr ...more
Mar 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My copy was provided by Netgalley.
Ander and his three friends were sick of how bullies treated people and how the bullies never got their just desserts. Well, they created a kind of unofficial club where if someone is being bullied, they just have to call the Odd Job Squad and the four friends will come to the rescue. While this may seem like a good idea, revenge can bite you in the butt.

Mysterious texts and messages appear for Ander, telling him to do certain things or the person will tell all
Jade Walker
Jul 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rated-a
Original review at

Karl Fields may possibly have made it to my favorite people in the world list. Okay, that's a bit of an exaggeration, but he's definitely made it onto my favorite authors of the year list.

While most readers of my blog will recognise that most of my reviews are for YA books, I will occasionally slip into children's and middle grade books, if my mood permits it. While The Odd Job Squad is marketed as middle grade, I think that the appeal for thi
Jul 17, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
To me, The Odd Job Squad sounded like middle-school meets John Tucker Must Die. And since I did enjoy middle-school, and I liked JTMD, I decided to accept this review request.

Ander is a fun character to "listen" to. He was funny and clever, and I wished I knew more people like him back in "ye olden days" of eighth grade. I mean, he sings karaoke in Chinese. (Read the book!) Although it bothered me a litle because CHINESE ISN'T A LANGUAGE, that's cool. No? Am I the only one who thinks that singin
Sep 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: kids and adults, fans of Gordon Korman
Shelves: young-readers
I was really pleased to win this book in a first-reads giveaway. I thought the story sounded fun and interesting, and I'm happy to report that it didn't disappoint. I should say that I am a rather picky reader, and find it impossible to finish reading a book that I can't get into or that I feel is not well written. I had hoped that I would like this book and be able to finish it, and in fact I stayed up past my bedtime last night to finish it!

Ander and three of his friends make up The Odd Job Sq
Compulsion Reads
Apr 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When someone picks on you in middle school there isn’t much you can do about it, at least not until Ander and his friends start The Odd Job Squad. If you are the victim of an unfair assault you can email them and state your case. If they agree that you should have retribution then they will make it happen, (anonymously, of course). Their little mischievous tricks have been going on for years with no one the wiser until one prank goes a little too far and someone discovers the identity of one of ...more
Rhiannon Ryder
Oct 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How perfect would school have been if there was someone you could email who'd provide you with revenge in any instance of substantiated teasing, harassment or bullying? Now how cool would it have been if you were one of the smarty pants who ran this squad? Ander Cartwright thought it was pretty perfect until someone figured out he was the ring leader of this group and started playing him at his own game. Now that the anti has been upped can Ander get him and his friends out of being revenged upo ...more
Received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

It all started interesting, but soon started to slow down. I expected a book about Odd Job Squad, who take revenge for those who were treated unjustly, but quite soon it all started to go around mystery texts and other things. It was a nice change, but I didn't expect it so soon in the book, I was expecting it more like nearing halfway point or 60% of the book. Now I felt a bit cheated on.

But it is still an interesting concept/id
Nancy Silk
May 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Lessons To Be Learned Here"

This is a story of middle school aged kids subjected to bullying. It's still a common catastrophe school kids face today which can impact their entire lives, and often the bullied kids turn to violence. This is not the case in this story. In this young adult novel it's nice to know there are kids who wish to bring an end to bullying. Super teens who wish to level the playing field at Marina Middle School in San Francisco take it upon themselves to form a revenge Squad
Stormi (Books, Movies, Reviews. Oh my!)
If found The Odd Job Squad to be a very fun and entertaining middle grade book. Its a book about revenge, but its also a book about friendship. Anyone who was never very popular can probably relate to The Odd Job Squad, a group of not so popular kids who get some payback on the popular ones.

Since the sixth grade and Ander and his three friends have been getting even for those who they vote deserves it, but they have rules. NEVER MAKE IT PERSONAL is one of those rules. When Anders has a chance t
Randy Tramp
Sep 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Karl Fields did an excellent job of putting the reader into the middle grade level. I give this book a five star rating. I loved it.

The gang had three rules: 1. Strictly Business, Not Personal 2. No Repeat Business 3. All In

Everything was going good until Ander didn't follow his own rules. He was leader of a secret gang that patrolled the halls of his middle school, deterring bullying. Fighting for the underdog was the main theme. Things started to go wrong when it became personal. The reader w
Jul 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The Odd Job Squad is about 4 best friends who run an underground revenge business. Their business started when a mean girl was going to far with Shooter(One of the main characters.) After that they continued to get revenge for the underdogs. But when a series of events happens, the best friends secret business starts to unfold and if anyone did find out who was really behind all those pranks; it would be the end for The Odd Job Squad.

There wasn't anything in the story that I disliked. There's a
Starting your own group to help others? Sounds like fun until you go to far and almost get caught, okay you spill the beans. Everyone has their own talent and when you have friends with amazing technical skills and one heck of a memory, you can pretty much save yourself from disaster.

A group of middle schooler's get together with one thought in mind, lets help those who get picked on and get revenge those who do the picking. You have rules and they are important, especially the one about persona
Lydia Presley
Original review posted here

Okay, this was a cute book. I was homeschooled, so I don’t have memories of bullying or being picked on (although I was picked on a little bit by other means), but if I had the types of memories most people seem to have – then I would have loved to have an Odd Job Squad firmly on my side.

Karl Fields reaches out through middle-grade humor to teach a subtle lesson. Through the pranks and hijinks of the Odd Job Squad, he highlights the feelings and emotions that are casca
A Book Vacation
Jul 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

I love this novel! Fields has created a wonderful book for all ages, both young and old, which will captivate the reader from the very beginning. Ander, the leader of The Odd Job Squad, specializes in payback, and his ingenious plans are both witty and fascinating. I love to see the underdog succeed and get back at those who treated them badly, and that is exactly what Ander does for those unable to do it for themselves. However, one of Ander’s antics goes terribly wrong, and Ander must
Sep 06, 2011 rated it liked it
This is a very quick read, suitable for ages 9 - 12. Ander is a smart kid who has come up with the idea to start a group with his three friends. They try to help those in their school who have been wronged. They have remained anonymous for two years, but someone has finally found out and is blackmailing them to get what they want. First they have to find out who it is and then figure out how they will be able to accomplish what is asked of them. Plenty to keep you interested throughout.
Mar 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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My debut novel, The Odd Job Squad, a story for mid-grade readers about an anonymous revenge club was released last summer. I've recently released a second novel, Instant Preplay, which is also for mid-grade readers.
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