Odder

by Applegate, Katherine,

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Summary

Now a #1 New York Times bestseller! A touching and lyrical tale about a remarkable sea otter, from Newbery Medalist Katherine Applegate, author of Wishtree .

Meet Odder, the Queen of Play:

Nobody has her moves.
She doesn't just swim to the bottom,
she dive-bombs.
She doesn't just somersault,
she triple-doughnuts.
She doesn't just ride the waves,
she makes them.

Odder spends her days off the coast of central California, practicing her underwater acrobatics and spinning the quirky stories for which she's known. She's a fearless daredevil, curious to a fault. But when Odder comes face-to-face with a hungry great white shark, her life takes a dramatic turn, one that will challenge everything she believes about herself--and about the humans who hope to save her.

Inspired by the true story of a Monterey Bay Aquarium program that pairs orphaned otter pups with surrogate mothers, this poignant and humorous tale told in free verse examines bravery and healing through the eyes of one of nature's most beloved and charming animals.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Odder the otter has always been just a little bit, well, odd. The aquatic daredevil is driven by an urge to dive deeper, play harder, and explore further, gifted with the ability to turn "frolic into art." Odder can't resist her instinct to explore the wide world and investigate its mysterious inhabitants, despite motherly advice to avoid anything unfamiliar. Unfortunately, there is another inquisitive (and hungry) animal in the bay, and a shark attack leaves Odder's life ebbing away after she washes up on shore. Not to worry: Odder finds herself in the care of a nearby aquarium, and as she convalesces, she hazily recalls her stay there as a wayward pup, before being returned to the wild. But what will become of the injured otter if she can't roam free? Based on the Monterey Bay Aquarium and its otter rescue and fostering program, this gorgeous story is told in flowing free verse that slips by as silkily as an otter in water. The unconventional form perfectly suits a story told almost entirely from Odder's perspective, imparting dreamy observations of the natural and human worlds from an animal's point of view. Handsome black-and-white illustrations, some of them simple studies of sea creatures, punctuate the verses; it's almost impossible to resist the depictions of fluffy otter pups. A stunning study of a remarkable and resilient sea creature."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Writing in exquisitely descriptive free verse, Applegate (Willodeen) delivers an uplifting tale of an inquisitive sea otter pup raised by scientists after being separated from her mother. Released back to the ocean, curious Odder spends her days reveling in her ability to "twist/ and pretzel and weave." Despite warnings to "be afraid of the world," the otter's adventurous nature lures her and a cautious friend, Kairi, into deeper waters, where they encounter an adolescent great white that lands Odder back with the people who raised her. Brief chapters that mimic the feel of each creature's movements capture both the meal-focused musings of the hungry shark--a "soundless ocean ghost" stalking prey--and the playful naivete of Odder (named because of "the way/ the little pup never settled,/... the way/ her eyes were always/ full of questions"). Though humans make cameo appearances in this edifying novel about otter life, the focus remains rightfully on its enigmatic star: a lovable otter who not only survives against the odds but thrives. Occasional art by Santoso (Wombat Underground) highlights the adorable protagonists. An author's note details the story's roots at California's Monterey Bay Aquarium. Ages 8--12. Author's agent: Elena Giovinazzo, Pippin Properties. (Sept.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Sea otter -- Juvenile fiction.
Wildlife rescue -- Juvenile fiction.
Sea otter -- Fiction.
Wildlife rescue -- Fiction.
Novels in verse.
California -- Juvenile fiction.
California -- Fiction.
Animal fiction.
Publisher New York :Feiwel and Friends,2022
Edition First edition.
Contributors Santoso, Charles, illustrator.
Language English
Notes Maps on lining papers.
Description 274 pages : illustrations, maps ; 20 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 272-274).
ISBN 9781250147424
1250147425
9781250887610
1250887615
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