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The Mighty Odds

(The Mighty Odds #1)

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  350 ratings  ·  77 reviews
When a sweet nerd, an artsy cartoonist, a social outcast, and the most popular girl in school are involved in a mysterious bus accident, this seemingly random group of kids starts to notice some very strange abilities they did not have before. Artsy Martina can change her eye color. Nerdy Nick can teleport . . . four inches to the left. Outcast Farshad develops super stren ...more
240 pages
Published September 13th 2016 by Abrams/Amulet
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3.5 stars. Kind of silly and light with some deeper undercurrents, this story of 4 kids gaining rather ridiculous superpowers is a really fast read. The kids occupy different social strata at a small high school: Cookie (the popular girl), Nick (nerdy and kind of ignored), Martina (quiet, artistic, and mostly not noticed by anyone) and Farshad (bullied and ostracized, at Cookie's instigation, by all the students). Cookie must face some hard truths about her behaviour, while it was pretty heartbr ...more
If you could have one weird superpower, what would it be? Not a normal one, mind you. We’re not doing a flight vs. invisibility discussion here. The power would have to be extraordinary and odd. If it’s completely useless, all the better. Me? I think I’d like my voice to be same as the voice you hear in your head when you’re reading something. You know that voice? That would be my superpower. A good author can crank this concept up to eleven if they want to. Enter, Amy Ignatow. She is one of the ...more
Brenda A
The Mighty Odds takes a very, very long time to get to the plot. I actually still don't really know what the plot is, other than knowing all the kids have superpowers and they don't know why. There was no climax or rising action other than the kids bickering between each other.

However, I loved the special powers they had. Teleportation! But only to the left, and only four inches. Super strength! But only in the thumbs. Chameleon powers! Except only her eyes change color. Telepathy! B
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, rimsba, 2017
This book get a high rating because of funny lines and realistic teenage characters who just happen to have superpowers. The true strength of the books lies in the telling of how they get the powers, how they use the powers and how they work through their stereotyped roles.
Oct 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I had never read anything by Amy Ignatow before, even though I see her Popularity Papers series checked out from my library all the time. It just seemed like another Diary of a Wimpy Kid rip-off series. But going by this book, she has a unique take on children’s literature that I think should be heard. It’s funny and serious and relevant to how kids think and what they enjoy
I liked this book but could have done without the artwork. Another person who read the book said they thought the art was a little too young for the text, and I did not necessarily get that sense; I just didn't like the art.

The mystery of how the teens got their powers was never explained, but the book did set up for a sequel. It was a quirky, kind of funny book and the special powers the teens acquired were potentially useless, or maybe just subtle enough to work really really well in a danger
Aug 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
On the return from a field trip, a school bus is involved in an accident. The four kids on the bus are unhurt, but things aren't normal. Nick can teleport but only four inches to the left. Cookie can read minds but only if they are thinking about directions. Farshad has super strength, in his thumbs. Martina's eyes change color every few minutes. Not super helpful, but super powers indeed. None of the four are friends before the accident. Cookie is the only Black kid in school and has made herse ...more
Jun 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
I read this book for work, with no obligation to leave a personal review.

This book is pretty great; it's interspersed with illustrations that are like comic panels. Magic or science fiction is really only as good as its limitations, and Ignatow plays with that to give us some of the funniest "okay" powers you can imagine: changing eye color, teleportation only four inches to the left, super strong thumbs, and mind-reading only when people are thinking of directions. The writing is pretty wacky
Oct 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book should get more than 5 stars in my opinion!! The style this book was written and designed in, is the new thing for middle school aged kids. It seems to attract them and this book sure does the trick! I have to admit that upon opening the book I thought to myself that here comes another "wimpy kid" series. Well, let me be the first to say, I WAS WRONG! The Mighty Odds is a fantastic book for middle schoolers girls or boys! This is a new series and Amy Ignatow started it off with a bang! I am v ...more
Dec 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
THE MIGHTY ODD by Amy Ignatow is the first fantasy in the new The Odd Series for middle grades.

After a mysterious bus accident, four children, a teen, and two adults develop strange supernatural powers. This diverse group must work together to solve the mystery of their special abilities.

Librarians will find a following with middle grade students who enjoy humorous stories. The strong female characters and diverse cast adds to the appeal.

This realistic school story has j
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017, kids
I have very mixed feelings about this book. There are some very good features. First, I like how explicitly the book talks about race. The book is set in the Philadelphia area and it is always fun to read about my adopted home town. I also do like the premise of the book and the seemingly un useful special powers the kids have, but...

The story takes forever to get started and then, nothing happens. I cannot stand when an author starts a new series and nothing resolves at the end of e
Nov 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a great read! The character development was done very well. By the time the climax hit, you felt you knew the characters. Then the best part was finding that the bus accident not only gave them some weird, seemingly useless powers, but also presented them with the opportunity to change their preset ideas on who they are and what a true friend is. The worst part was reading the end and knowing the next book in the series is NOT available yet. WAH!
May 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own, arc-s
This book is great. I love the characters and the story so much. I will write a proper review closer to release date.
For the most thorough review ever, check this one out:

I read this a couple months ago and only just got around to reviewing it. Sadly, I'd forgotten most everything and had to rely on the above reviewing genius to spark my memory. I only gave two stars because of the lack of stick. I remember liking it well enough but no salient details, which lost it a star.

Very middle grade, lots of time
Kahlil Simpson
Sep 01, 2017 rated it liked it
To be clear, I received this book as part of a give away on Goodreads.

The Mighty Odds is a book about a group of middle school students who are involved in a bus accident on their way back from a school field trip. As a result of this accident, each of the kids develops a unique power. For example, one of the characters gains super strength. Sounds awesome right? Will they all be superheroes? Well, their powers turn out to be a little underwhelming. For example, the character with su
Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-6-8
When the uncoolest, oddest kids in 6th grade are in a freak bus accident, they develop "super" powers. Oddly they are joined by Cookie, one of the most popular girls in school who normally would not be caught with this crew. Cookie can read minds. Strange fires are occurring all over own and now these Odds must use their powers to thwart something evil that seems to be taking over. This definitely middle school material with mean girls and jocks as well as nerds. The location in Lancaster County ...more
May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this book. It grabbed me very early and just pulled me along. Good characters, excellent ideas, and nice writing. My one complaint is that the book ended fairly unsatisfactorily. There was no real ending, just a cliff hanger with more questions raised than answered. I am going to read the second book to see how the story continues, but I didn't feel like this book was wrapped up as nicely as I'd really like. That is the only reason this was a 4 star book, rather than a 5 ...more
Feb 20, 2018 rated it liked it
THE MIGHTY ODDS is a fun read. I enjoyed the diverse cast and the voice is spot-on for middle grade. It definitely reads like the first book in a series--lots of a set up and establishing the world/scenario--but I'm sure the next book will have more action and less reaction now that the characters have come together and acknowledged their super powers. I didn't love the illustrations at first, and it took me a little while to get used to them and not let them draw me out of the story. All in all ...more
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a refreshing adventure tale with a touch of the supernatural wrapped up in realistic kid drama. I appreciated the developement of the different personalities, and the variety of characters that were well-fleshed out. I also liked that there were no "good" or "bad" kids -- everyone seems to have irritating qualities redeemed by their humanity. In other words: The Mighty Odds are a lot like the rest of us.
Nov 12, 2016 rated it did not like it
The young people, Nick, Farshad, Martina and Cookie are middle school students. When they are coming back on the bus from a field trip, an accident leaves them with unusual powers. They try to solve the mystery of what happened to them.
Some of the plot lines are irritating and the ending leaves a lot to be desired, but I didn't know it's supposed to be the first of a series. I don't care enough about the characters or plot line to continue it. It was a waste of my time to read it.
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
A bus accident gives odd super powers to an odd assortment of 6th grade students in this scifi novel that seems geared towards younger readers with its stilted writing and mixed graphics, and yet includes an over abundance of bullying and language inappropriate for a younger audience including a teacher swearing at a student. The book just seems to get started when it ends and will pick up in a sequel if inclined to continue reading.
Amy Holiday
Feb 24, 2018 rated it liked it
I liked the characters, the premise, and the setup but....come on with the no ending!! Second book I've read this year with no ending, and it's only February. Grr.

It's the kind of book I thought I'd love, wound up not liking much in the beginning, but then totally getting into again. I like Martina the best, especially her way of communicating. Fun story about friendship. Guess I'll be looking up the sequel....
Jan 29, 2018 rated it liked it
A funny book and I like the premise of kids with mediocre powers. I didn't like how much swearing there was in a book about 12 year olds written for twelve year olds. Also it is a series but one of those series that feel more like a regular book chopped into pieces. Great for kids who are intimidated by thick books. Annoying for a person who would like to read a complete story.
Oct 19, 2017 rated it liked it
My daughter read this, and I had time so I read it, too. It's an interesting story. But it's also kind of a huge cliff hanger. I'm really not super ok w/ that right now. It's interesting enough that I really want to know the rest of the story! There is just way too much exposition and not not enough resolution. Also, I wish there were fewer curses.
Anne Hussey
Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
completed #16 of the book riot read harder challenge to read a new to you YA series and had the fun opportunity to read a book with my 12 year old...a wonderful snappy fun read about 4 diverse students, a teacher, a bus driver and an Amish teen who must band together when they have a shared experience that gives each one a very limited very unique super power.
T. P. Jagger
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and its underlying premise pulled me right in. It would have been a strong 4-star read . . . BUT . . . when I read a book in a series, even though I anticipate a broader story arc that encompasses the series, I also expect a story arc that allows the book to stand alone. Unfortunately, the book-specific story arc felt incomplete in THE MIGHTY ODDS, leaving me with the sense that I'd just read a half-book. Thus, while I'm looking forward to the next book in the ser ...more
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Hilarious, silly, and random antics ensue when Nick, Cookie, Farshad, and Martina are in a bush crash. At first glance the book seems like a regular children’s comedy book, but it deals with a lot of heavier stuff such as racism, death, and bullying. I had the pleasure of meeting the author, Amy Ignatow, and she was just as funny in person as the book itself.
Dec 10, 2017 rated it liked it
I think I love the idea of misfits and underdogs. So when I read the blurb about this cast of quirky and unlikely peers (and their even quirkier and more unlikely "powers"), I thought I should probably give it a try. It was alright. I will likely read the next in the series because there was absolutely no closure, and it took about an hour to read.
Suzanne M
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a fun, engaging, and quick read. It seems like this will be the first in a series as we get to know the characters and how they come to discover their strange powers. At first their powers seem useless, but the author comes up with ways to use their "super powers". My middle schooler and I really enjoyed reading this together and couldn't put it down!
Carolyn Jeziorski
This book was ok; I wanted to like it more than I did. I think it has a lot of promise, but it does seem to be written to be a series. Reluctant readers will enjoy it; the narrative is interspersed with graphic novel-like spreads. Way too many unanswered questions at the end of the story. The characters only seem to be introduced as well—I wanted to know more about them.
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