Oddest of All review by APB
Oddest of All
by Bruce Coville
Age Range - 12 and up
Genre - Adventure
Five Star Award

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Age at time of review - 12
Reviewer's Location - Osseo, WI, United States
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From side-splitting comedies to grim spine-tinglers, Bruce Coville nails all of the nine short stories in Oddest of All. One short story is "The Ghost Let Go", where Henry Tanleven, his daughter, Nine, and her friend, Chris, are in a car wreck. They seek a place where they can make a phone call and end up staying in a haunted house for the night! Can Nine and Chris help the weeping ghost? In "The Thing in Auntie Alma's Pond," Margaret is frazzled about why she keeps coming to the edge of her Aunt Alma's spooky, murky, black pond that she was terrified of when she was little. At night, voices call to Margaret begging and pleading with her to enjoy the frigid waters of the pond. Can Margaret resist, or will she find the horrifying truth of what lies beneath the surface of the pond? Find out in the phenomenal short stories in Oddest of All by Bruce Coville.


I absolutely adored all of the short stories, but my favorite was "The Thing in Auntie Alma's Pond." I loved all the details. As I read, the descriptions gave off an obvious sheen of eeriness with the mental pictures the words provided. The story I liked the least was "In the Frog King's Court," about a "werefrog". I was glued to Oddest of All, and I am looking forward to reading Bruce Coville's other books. I recommend these short stories to anyone who likes a good thriller. There is also a comedy amongst the thrillers, called, "What's the Worst That Can Happen?" Overall, I loved them.



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