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Odessa Again

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  269 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
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Published May 14th 2013 by Wendy Lamb Books
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Aug 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
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... :)
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
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  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-time-travel
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
Lisa W.
Eh. Clunky writing at times, telling rather then showing what the characters did. I wish I could give it a 2.5. Remarriage and a light fantasy (girl stomps on floorboard....goes back in time 24 hours. Why? Who knows) I didn't mind that they did not explain the time travel mystery, wish the writing would have been strong. A good pick for girls and people who enjoy family stories. Illustrated, quick read. Positive potrayal of divorce family with parent co-parently well and cordially. Worth a try f ...more
Jun 30, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Odessa Again by Dana Reinhardt
Wendy Lamb Books, 2013
196 pages
Recommended for grades 3-6

Fans of A Year Without Autumn and 11 Birthdays will enjoy this time travel story. Here we have Odessa, parents recently divorced, father getting remarried and mother moving into a new house. These kinds of changes are the real deal issues so many of our students are dealing with, and they can be heavy on young shoulders. None of Odessa's family issues are taken lightly, but the book does not have an opp
Jul 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Who doesn't like the idea of do-overs?

Odessa Green-Light is a typical fourth grader. She's nine years old (almost ten you know), has a toad of a younger brother named Oliver, has a best friend, a crush on her math partner, and her parents are divorced.

Odessa, Oliver and their mom move into a new house and by accident Odessa finds she can go back in time for "do-overs."

"Odessa Again" tells the engaging tale of what Odessa chooses to do with her new powers, using them first for her own gain and th
Clare Rossetter
Dec 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 2nd-6th graders/listen to/read
Recommended to Clare by: no-one
Odessa, her brother and mom move to a new house after a divorce. Odessa is not happy and wants her parents to get back together. She sees her brother as a toad who is a nuisance. One day after having a fight with her brother she goes to her room and stomps. When she does this she is taken back some twenty-four hours. She is able to change what happened. She figures out that she can do this only a finite number of times and each time the time she travels back is less. When she choses to go back a ...more
May 16, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade, fantasy
Odessa's world has been turned upside down by her parents' divorce. She now lives with her mom and little brother in a small house that doesn't really feel like hers, even though all her stuff is in it. Things feel marginally better when she persuades her mother to let her use the attic as a bedroom so she doesn't have to share with her brother. And when she realizes that jumping on a particular spot in the middle of the room causes her to travel back in time - well, things get even better. Afte ...more
May 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Who hasn't wanted to go back and change things? You could take back the mean thing you said to your sibling, eliminate that most embarrassing moment in school, and never have to grow-out the results of a terrible haircut. Odessa finds a way to do just that in her attic bedroom, which has a magic, time-traveling floor. While the premise might sound far-fetched, Odessa's voice and experiences are so down to earth and real that the story feels authentic. The author doesn't take plot short-cuts or s ...more
Sep 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-reads
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 she feels as if she is falling and lands . . . on the attic floor. Turns out that Odessa has gone back in time a whole day! With ...more
Jun 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s, 2013
After her parents' divorce, Odessa moves into a new house with her brother, Oliver, and mother. Though the divorce hasn't turned her world upside down, Odessa is struggling with her mom's job search, quirky little brother, and the normal ups and downs of 4th grade. In a fit of anger, she jumps on the rug in her new attic bedroom and falls 24 hours back in time. Given the chance to change her life, she makes little adjustments to fix embarrassing moments and mistakes. Odessa loses an hour from ea ...more
This is a fun, quirky little read about a 4th grader named Odessa who is going g through some unsettled times. She and her mom and her annoying little brother have moved to a new home, while her father has decided to marry a new woman named Jennifer. In addition to all of this, Odessa must figure out how to navigate the trials and tribulations of any normal 4th grader, from boys to best friends. However, somehow she is able to stomp on her attic bedroom floor and go back in time. The first jump ...more
This book has an interesting premise. Odessa finds a way to go back 24 hours in time through her attic floorboards, but she only gets 24 chances, and every time she goes back she gets one less hour. What would you do with those chances to change your past?

Things I liked:

-It takes the ups and downs of childhood very seriously and has a realistic portrait of how a 4th grader would act in this situation.
-Good for kids whose parents are going through a divorce--works through those feelings well.

Kay Carman
"When nine-year-old Odessa... stomps out her frustration at being sent to her room after shoving her annoying little brother, one particularly big stomp sends Odessa flying through the floorboards and mysteriously twenty-four hours back in time."

Odessa and her brother are both having a problem with their parents' divorce and now their dad's plan to remarry. They both do some acting out, but the loving adults in their lives are able to eventually help them come to grips with the situation.

I wasn't a huge fan of this book. It was all very Scratch The Surface, But Don't Go Any Further. As a reader, we never learned the solutions to many of the mysteries presented in the book. Odessa did learn that she couldn't fix everything that went wrong (even with jumping back in time), but what really bugged me was that she wasn't held accountable for anything she did in the book. That and skirting over relationship issues with her friend, Sophia. It might as well have said, "Your best friend ...more
Dana Reinhardt moves away from her powerful young adult novels, such as Things a Brother Knows, to a more whimsical upper-elementary tale.

Odessa gets in a fight with her younger brother one day. In a fit of anger, she stamps her foot on the floorboard so hard that she falls through. Suddenly she finds herself 24 hours in the past. She has a chance to re-do her day. Using this technique she changes several things she wishes she had done differently - but she needs to determine how often and what
Jan 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great family story about self discovery and family. When Odessa's mom and dad divorce,they sell their family home, she moves to a new rental home while her at home mom looks for work, her dad is getting remarried and her younger brother Oliver aka toad is driving her crazy. Between friendships, school and boy crushes and sharing Wednesday night dinners with her dad, life has changed and not for the better. Odessa finds a way to deal with the changes when she discovers her attic bedroom has a mag ...more
Odessa is not happy about having to move to a new house with her brother and mother. She is also not too pleased about her father's upcoming marriage to his girlfriend.

But when Odessa finally convinces her mom to let her have the attic as her bedroom she realizes that if she jumps on a certain part of the floor she travels back in time 24 hours. Then 23. Then 22. Each time she decides to go back she loses an hour and when she realizes this she starts being more careful about why she is going ba
Berkeley Poder
Oct 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Odessa is a fourth grader. her mom bought a new house and Odessa and her little brother (Oliver) have to sleep in the same like they always do, since Odessa's bought the house she been wanting to move to the attic, but her mom did not let her until she started moving her stuff to the attic secretly.
One day one of her friend called her (Sofia) to ask her if she liked Theo and she told her she did, and her brother heard, so her brother started saying "you like Theo, you like Theo!" she got mad and
Jeff Raymond
Of all the books involving time loops, this one might be my favorite.

The idea is simple: Odessa finds a time loop in the attic that allows her to go back in time and replay the last 24 hours. The problem is that the next time allows her to only go back 23, and so on. The book follows Odessa's attempts to set her life correctly with this finite loop in play.

The book is near-perfect. Odessa is a fun character who truly learns and grows as the story goes on. The way Reinhardt handles the fantastica
Jun 19, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 3rd-5th grade
A story of Odessa, a 4th grader whose parents are divorced and whose world has therefore changed. Odessa discovers a way to travel back by hours and uses that to make changes in her day. Some changes are somewhat frivolous while others have real consequences, for better or worse. Odessa's feelings about her parents' divorce, her younger brother, moving to a new house, and her father marrying another woman are realistic. As for the time travel, who wouldn't want the opportunity to rethink their h ...more
Cornell Poder
Nov 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
By Valeria C.
Odessa is a fourth grade girl.She lives with her mom and her brother.Her dad said he was getting remarried re means again so remarrying should have meant he'd me getting married to mom again not to someone else!But that's not what the dad meant the dad meant he was actually getting married to another girl or "woman".Odessa's room was an attic once she was stomping her foot down on the ground then she felt like she was falling.Turns out she has turn back time a whole day.With this s
Jul 14, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really cute book, about a girl named Odessa who finds, in her new house, that she can go back in time by jumping through her attic bedroom floor. The first time she goes back 24 hours, the second time 23, the third time 22, and so on. The author didn't explain that concept really well so it took me a while to get it. Eventually she figures out that she can use her discovery as a sort of "power" and fix little mistakes and embarrassing moments. I would've liked it more when I was 8 or ...more
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