Weekend Pick for April 14, 2023
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Katherine Applegate has done it again, taking the story of a real animal and turning it into a heart-warming fictional story. This time it is not a gorilla, but the story of sea otter pups who are raised by surrogates at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California. If you are a fan of The One and Only Ivan series, like we are, you will enjoy reading Odder while you wait for the latest installment featuring Ruby to be released in May.
Odder is a fantastic middle grade book, written in free verse, to celebrate National Poetry Month. The short chapters make this book a quick read and an excellent choice to use to fill in downtime during the school day (or, if you are like me, during breaks in mandatory state testing).
If you are interested in learning more about Katherine Applegate’s books, I highly recommend visiting her website (https://katherineapplegate.com/).
The teacher’s guide for Odder can be found here
(https://www.mackidsschoolandlibrary.com/teachers-guide-odder/?fbclid=IwAR06HoMf_xKU9gcG0SbsGOGumlW90hotqHT9IeQaLYj9DMflZtFSTKaGcW0) at MacKids School & Library website.
In the spirit of literacy and hope,
Cindi and Katie