The Odds (Hardcover)

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Begonia was left as a baby at Swamp Root Manor, a retirement home for Odds — those with a supernatural or paranormal Oddity. The Manor is running out of money and might have to close, and Begonia is determined to find a way to save the place she lives and all the grandmas and grandpas that have raised her. There is also the small problem of a ghost haunting the grounds and leaving some of the residents in a coma. To make matters even worse, she has not yet figured out what her Oddity is - and if she doesn't figure it out before her 11th birthday, she will have her memory wiped and be forced to go live with the Never Odds in town. She decides to team up with Bass, another kid visiting his grandmother in the Manor, to solve the mystery of the ghost, figure out how to save the manor, and find her Oddity — the thing that makes her different. A deliciously creepy tale with a twist of an ending you won't want to miss!

— Aerie


From the author that gave us THE GLASS WITCH comes a whimsical exploration of disability that is A Snicker of Magic meets The Sixth Sense.

If you have found this book, then you are probably a lover of the dark and twisty. You did pull this book from a cold dead corpse, after all.

This is the story of Begonia, who was abandoned at a retirement home when she was a baby. You might think that’sthe worst thing that could happen to someone, but for Bug, the worst is yet to come.

You see, Swamp Root Manor isn’t just any old house. It’s alive, it’s haunted, and everyone in it is…a little bit Odd. Everyone except Begonia. And while she’s waiting for her Oddity to arrive, the manor is running out of money, thanks in no small part to all of Bug’s hospital bills.

But Begonia refuses to let Swamp Root close. If she could just tap into her Oddity, she could use its power to save the manor and all fifty-two of her grandparents. But she is only days away from her 11th birthday and if she doesn’t get it by then, it will never come.

She will be removed from her home and sent to the normal world.

Her memory will be wiped.

And her family will be gone.

So, Bug has to do the unthinkable… join forces with the most annoying boy in the world to track down their Oddities. Together they battle humans, ghosts, their own self-doubt, and sometimes even each other in order to save the only family she’s ever known.

About the Author

Lindsay lives in a tiny apartment in Ohio where there are too many books, just the right amount of pet hair, and never enough house plants. Or peanut butter. She has a Bachelor’s in psychology and enjoys creating videos for her YouTube channel where she shares her publication journey and helps other writers along their own. YouTube: Lindsay PuckettInstagram: lindsayjmpTwitter: puckett_lindsay

Praise For…

Praise for The Odds:

"A rollicking, spooky adventure with a big heart." -- Kirkus

Product Details
ISBN: 9781338803815
ISBN-10: 1338803816
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: September 19th, 2023
Pages: 272
Language: English