"In Newbery Medalist Katherine Applegate's latest, Odder, a playful sea otter finds her whole life changed after a dangerous encounter. Based on extensive research conducted on a real otter pup program in Monterey, CA, this poignant tale explores conservation and healing through Applegate's trademark anthropomorphic animal voice and free verse. Before we reveal our exclusive excerpt, enjoy SLJ's interview with the accomplished writer about storytelling, the California Fur Rush, and encouraging kids to become environmental activists.'--- Michele Shaw in School LIbrary Journal
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.---from the publisher
272 pages 978-1250147424 Ages 8-12
Keywords: otters, animals, novels in verse, survival, animal rescue, 8 year old, 9 year old, 10 year old, 11 year old, 12 year old