Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Oddest of All by Bruce Coville

Book Info

Oddest of All by Bruce Coville

Grades 6-8

Fans of Bruce Coville’s wonderfully weird storytelling will be thrilled to know that the expert of odd is back with a new collection of nine curious and thought-provoking tales. From stories about a girl who learns the horrifying secrets about what’s really at the bottom of a murky, desolate pond, a strange chemical factory causing mutations in frogs, and a Halloween mask that becomes a gruesome clue in the disappearance of a child, the odd adventures in this new collection are filled with terrifying and ghoulish details. In the eerie, surreal tradition of Edgar Allan Poe, these reveries are sure to linger in the minds of readers.
My Thoughts

I picked this up for a dollar at the Half-Price Books clearance shelf because Coville wrote the wonderful Unicorn Chronicles (BTW for all the fans of that series- the last book is coming out in March). This is apparently the fourth collection of short stories in his Oddities series and it was a wild ride filled with aliens, ghosts, and a descendant of the original frog prince. Overall it is a great collection of short stories that range from horror, sci-fi, and fantasy.
Stories include:

In Our Own Hands

In which everyone on Earth has to decide if they should relinquish their control to an alien species that would solve all their problems.
What's the Worst That Could Happen?
Is a great look at the realistic horrors of being a teenager with a crush.
The Ghost Let Go
The typical ghost story featuring Nina Tanleven from The Ghost in the Third Row, The Ghost Wore Gray, and The Ghost in the Big Brass Bed.

In the Frog King's Court
The descendant of the oringial frog prince has the chance to save his long forgotten family from toxic waste dumping.

The Thing in Auntie Alma's Pond
The lake is calling out to Margaret but her paralyzing fear of water keeps her stuck in the inbetween.

The Hardest, Kindest Gift
A fairy tale filled with love, jealousy, and redemption. Will Geoffroi be able to break the family curse that has cause so much pain?

The Mask of Eamonn Tiyado
A haunting look at how wanting to be someone else might not be all that it is cracked up to be.

Herbert Hutchison in the Underworld
Will Herbert's good luck last when a car wreck sends him to the underworld or will curiosity be the end of him.

The Boy with Silver Eyes
A tale from the world of the Unicorn Chronicles. From a family of unicorn hunters comes a boy who only wants to learn the songs of Earth, Fire, Water, and Magic.

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