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4.08  ·  Rating details ·  225 ratings  ·  90 reviews
Welcome to Oddity, New Mexico, where normal is odd and odd is normal.

Ada Roundtree is no stranger to dodging carnivorous dumpsters, distracting zombie rabbits with marshmallows, and instigating games of alien punkball. But things haven't been the same since her twin sister, Pearl, won the town's yearly Sweepstakes and disappeared . . .

Along with her best friend, Raymond, a
Published November 28th 2017 by Feiwel and Friends
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Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So proud of my author friend @saille42, whose debut, #Oddity, was my introduction to middle grade fiction. (For those unfamiliar, middle grade is fiction written for the 8 to 12 yo set ). I let my 12 yo niece borrow my copy of Sarah’s book (she loved it BTW) and then, to my delight, recently gave it a read myself. It’s the story of fifth grader Ada Roundtree, whose twin sister goes missing in the annual town “sweepstakes” and whose mission it is to find out what happened to her. What I loved mos ...more
La Coccinelle
This book seemed to start off pretty well, with an exciting scene involving schoolkids trying to take down live leopards in the gym. It set the tone for the rest of the book's quirkiness. Unfortunately, those quirks were both its strength and its weakness.

For the longest time, I thought I was going to DNF this one. If I go back over my notes, I see that I was over halfway in when I suspected I might be getting to the main plot. That's way too late for any book, never mind one aimed at younger re
Sarah Henning
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is fantastic! I read an early copy and I LOOOOOVE Ada. Her spunk and voice is memorable and will just put a smile on your face. LOVE IT.
Wendy MacKnight
May 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-reads
What a book! It’s rare that I read a book that completely astonishes me with its imagination and world-building, but this book is amazing. Our heroine Ada is searching for her twin sister Pearl, all while dodging zombie rabbits, blurry monsters, aliens and creepy grownups. Laugh-out-loud funny, mixed with a dash or creepiness and a whole lot of heart, this book is wonderful!
Amy Reichert
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Can I give this eleven stars? I read an early copy and was blown away by the tight storytelling and subversive humor. If you know MG readers who enjoy the weird, quirky, and hilarious, they will adore this book. Excellent adventure, creepy villians, badass characters, and exceptional everything! If zombie rabbits wearing pajamas sounds like your thing--you'll love ODDITY!!!
Ms Threlkeld
I made it halfway through this book and just wasn't motivated to finish it, which was disappointing since I know a lot of people who raved about it. I wasn't attached to any of the characters and it felt like the author was trying too hard to create a kooky world that somehow coexists within the normal one.
"When I grow up I want to be scary."
Oddity was a breathless romp, Welcome to Night Vale as experienced by kids. Highly recommend to anyone who is the least bit intrigued by the premise.
Belles Middle Grade Library
Sep 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What can I say about this weird creepy little book....I loved it!! Lol This completed prompt #6 in the Adventures Through Wonderland readathon to read a strange & mysterious book. 1st of all, the title has “odd” in it-Oddity, & 2nd of all-it was so strange & mysterious! This was a creepy good time. Oddity is a creepy, weird, awesome town where everything odd is normal, & normal is odd. There are little zombie rabbits that wear footie pajamas-& I LOVE THEM! Lol Especially Snooks, who has my whole ...more
Rosalyn Eves
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oddity is just as delightfully zany and odd as you might expect. After Ada's sister Pearl wins a sweepstakes and leaves, Ada has to adjust to life as the solo twin. But when strange things start happening (stranger than usual--this is a town where students might have to survive tiger attacks at school, after all, and where zombie rabbits are the norm, rather than the exception) that suggest Pearl's winning may not be what it's cracked up to be, Ada and her friends tackle this new mystery with th ...more
Amanda Rawson Hill
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
fun, creepy and totally original.
Lorie Barber
Ada's twin sister, Pearl, is missing after winning the Sweepstakes. Ada, along with friends Raymond and Cayden, begins to solve this fantastical mystery in their town called Oddity. They start to notice that everything is not as it seems, which is saying something given the aliens and zombie rabbits that inhabit their town.

The title says it all! Oddity is a wild ride and completely original. I LOVED Ada: spunky, determined, and witty; in short, everything I love in a female protagonist. I loved
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was hands down my favorite book of the year. I think that is mainly due to the fact that this book, much like it's title, is odd. I think the author just jotted down every bizarre thought she ever had and decided to put them all into one book. You'd think that couldn't possibly work but it does, it delightfully does. There's a little bit of Oz, a little twisted Disney, some traditional spooks and haunts, plus so many new and exciting things from our author's crazy and fantastic brain. Just ...more
Stephanie Lucianovic
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I cannot think of the last time I read a book that so thoroughly delighted me. This is the TV show Eureka meets Welcome to Night Vale meets reverse Hunger Games meets Shirley Jackson's The Lottery meets complete awesomeness.

Sarah Cannon's writing is full of some of the best deadpan humor I've ever read. The story is tight, the plot never drags, and you just want more and more details about Oddity. You also want more and more of her main character's dry observations like, "He's got one of those n
Laura Shovan
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So much fun! This town is quirky with a side of alien-fighting flamethrowers. I loved reading about Ada's adventures uncovering the secrets of Oddity, New Mexico, especially what happened to her twin sister, Pearl. Hilarious lines and details are tucked into the story, making this a richly imagined and lovably weird setting for Ada's shenanigans.
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love a book full of wonderful weirdness. Particularly when the author doesn't explain the weirdness. We just have to accept it as a fact. A rollicking read from beginning to end.
✨Gayatri ✨
I had high hopes for this book. It was like Sarah was trying to make it to weird. It was waaaay to much for a book like this. I'm very disappointed.
4.5, rounded up.

That was a buttload of fun. More details here:
Sarah Fox
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Do you know a 8-12 year old who likes scary books? Funny books? This is a little bit of both. Oddity is a lot like Nightvale. There are zombie rabbits, little aliens, an invisible monster and worst of all, a puppet government is running the town. No, like ACTUAL puppets are running things. Just like in Nightvale, conspiracies are everywhere. For example, people are going missing in Oddity and the grown ups don't seem to mind. Even when Ada's twin sister Pearl is taken (the first child to disappe ...more
Hoover Public Library Kids and Teens
This is definitely odd. And a delight.
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I just love books with different and excellent world building (which is why I love sci fi) but rarely do you find great world building AND hysterical. That's what you get in Oddity. Zombie rabbits, aliens who fight with each other, an invisible monster and a puppet government that runs the town and I mean real puppets. It is just the right blend of scary and funny with characters (friends and family) that are at the same time so zany and yet so relatable. Get this book!
Alexandra Ott
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! It's fun, funny, and delightfully weird. Ada is such a great protagonist, and the entire cast is so well-drawn. Readers of all ages who like quirky adventure and humor will definitely enjoy this. Highly recommend!
Richard Propes
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As I wrapped up the closing words of Sarah Cannon's "Oddity," I breathed a sigh of satisfaction and relief completing a story I'd thoroughly enjoyed while also not being burdened with figuring out how to create one of my kinder and gentler criticism pieces so as not to offend someone who is, in fact, a semi-regular part of my life.

While many people enjoy reviewing a friend's book, truth be told I dread it. As someone who writes film criticism professionally, I have a complete inability to write
Ada is not your everyday fifth-grade monster fighting, zombie rabbit wrangling, alien negotiating, creepy puppet smashing, smack talking hero. She's leading a quest of her friends to learn the fate of her twin sister, Pearl who disappeared a year ago after winning Oddity's coveted annual Sweepstakes. The residents of Oddity, a community filled with strange creatures and aliens, have struck up an uneasy truce with a collection of creepy puppets who supposedly protect its human citizens from the i ...more
May 28, 2018 rated it liked it
I finally finished this weird little book and while it took longer than I would have liked, it was pretty good. The plot was interesting and a little odd(the puppets weren’t my favorite) but it went together well enough.

My biggest hang up was, the writing style. It’s not poorly done but I just wasn’t really able to catch the rhythm of the story. I had a few stops and starts but I’m glad I finished it. I loved that Ada was sassy and brave enough to ask questions and seek the answers. Raymond and
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
I loved this so much. It’s Welcome to Night Vale meets middle grade and if you’re not sold on just that, then I am sorry for you. It’s hilarious, full of great adventures, diverse characters, and an amazingly...dare I say...yes, I do...quirky town full of oddities. The main character is tough, funny, and brave. I mean, they uncover a mystery with the help of zombie rabbit mischief. I don’t want to spoil the other awesomeness. Just read it.
Corabel Shofner
Nov 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: swanky-17s
Most certainly human, with a heart.
Carla Cullen
Jan 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Highly recommended! Wildly imaginative and action-packed, it ranks up there in the MG canon alongside works of quirky, creative brilliance like Lizard Music by Daniel Pinkwater
Annie Sullivan
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is full of imagination and characters that will grab your attention and not let go!
Harley Quinn
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oddity by Sarah Cannon
MG, Fantasy
Ada Roundtree is no stranger to dodging carnivorous dumpsters, distracting zombie rabbits with marshmallows, or instigating games of alien punkball. But things haven’t been the same since her twin sister, Pearl, won the town’s yearly sweepstakes and disappeared.

Along with her best friend, Raymond, and new-kid-from-Chicago Cayden (whose inability to accept being locked in the gym with live leopards is honestly quite laughable), Ada leads a self-given quest to dis
Kirtida Gautam
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
They say, if you think something is too difficult to explain to an adult, explain it to a child.

Sarah Cannon in her writing does exactly that. It is one of the books that a child reads, thoroughly enjoys, and think, “What a story!”
Then, she grows up, picks it again, reads it again, and goes like—oh, THAT was the story!

“Keep your eyes open,” I say. “Anything could happen.”
I really need that on a T-shirt.
Welcome to Oddity, this book is a riot.

I will go point by point what I loved in the book.
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Sarah Cannon has lived all over the U.S., but right now she calls Indiana home. She has a husband, three kids and a misguided dog. Sarah holds a B.S. in Education. She's a nerdy knitting gardener who drinks a lot of coffee, and eats a lot of raspberries.

She is probably human.

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