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Odessa Again

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  267 Ratings  ·  71 Reviews
   Fourth grader Odessa Green-Light lives with her mom and her toad of a little brother, Oliver. Her dad is getting remarried, which makes no sense according to Odessa. If the prefix "re" means "to do all over again," shouldn't he be remarrying Mom? Meanwhile, Odessa moves into the attic room of their new house. One day she gets mad and stomps across the attic floor. Then ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published May 14th 2013 by Wendy Lamb Books
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Aug 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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I bought this book for my daughter, Odessa, because I was thrilled to find out there was a book with her name in the title. She was thrilled too! I finally got around to reading it and I loved it. It's the perfect book for girls wanting "do-overs" in their life. 4th grader, Odessa learns that some things can be redone by the magic in her attic but other things can't. A cute story about coming to terms with life changes, dealing with them and finally accepting them. Now, since my daughter is in 4 ...more
This is kind of a gentle children's version of Groundhog Day, which is awesome. I liked that it was highly conceptual fantasy (girl has the ability to send herself back in time a certain number of hours by jumping on a specific spot on her floor), mixed with super realistic family drama. Would make an excellent book discussion book -- you could talk a lot about what is worth going back in time and changing. I also liked the depictions of a divorced family and how it affects kids, and sibling riv ...more
Susan  Dunn
Cute. After her parents divorce, Odessa, her little brother and her mom have to move to a new house. Luckily for Odessa, her attic room turns out to have a magic floor. She can jump through it and go back a day. This comes in very handy as over the course of her fourth grade year she makes some embarrassing and cruel mistakes and is able to correct them - but she only has a limited number of times to jump. Can she get to a happy ending before her do-overs expire? This would be a great book discu ...more
Shiralea Woodhouse
I found this book cute and enjoyed the "do-overs" element; liked that we see Odessa grow and get a little wiser as the book goes on. For me, the most unbelievable thing in the book wasn't the going back in time, it was divorced parents who got along. That happens about as much as time travel. I found myself hoping she would actually get her parents back together - I mean hey, as long as we're in a fiction story... :)
Jun 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
A solid choice for booktalking to 3rd and 4th graders, especially if you need to have a book with particular girl appeal. With a great hook, likeable characters, and situations spot on for kids at this age, I think it will be a big hit. If I were rating it on my reading preferences, I might only give it a 3. However, I think it is so well tuned to its target audience that it needs to have a 4 star rating.
Laura McNeal
Dec 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This wonderful novel reminds me of how happy I used to be when the Scholastic book orders would arrive and my teacher would sort out the loot and I would find on my desk brand new glossy editions of Beverly Cleary novels. The kid that I was and the adult that I am now are in complete agreement: Odessa is a sweet, funny, timeless book with a magical premise.
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
Okay. What would you do if you could do it all over? That is the question posed by this book. Not time travel in some senses, just a chance to correct mistakes. It was interesting, but I wasn't completely captivated.
Oct 26, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book showed me that children of divorce really do always hope in their heart of hearts that parents will get back together. It’s heartwarming and bitter sweet.
Miss Sarah
Odessa is unhappy about her current life with divorced parents. One day after being sent to her room she falls through the floor to yesterday. Can she change life? Does she want to?
Dec 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review by Karen, intended for young readers:

What would you change if you could travel back in time? But wait! Before you start envisioning big changes like preventing wars or thwarting the rise of Hitler, just know that you can only travel back 24 hours. And then the next time you do it, you can only travel back 23 hours — and then 22, and then 21, and so on… That’s what happens in Odessa Again by Dana Reinhardt.

When Odessa discovers the magical power of her new bedroom after moving houses, she
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