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Accidental Time Traveller by Janis Mackay
The Big Wander by Will Hobbs
The Black Circle by Patrick Carman
Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan
Canadian Cinema Since the 1980s: At the Heart of the World by David L. Pike
The Canary Trainer by Nicholas Meyer
Changeless by Gail Carriger
Escape from Bridezilla by Jacqueline deMontravel
The First Eagle by Tony Hillerman
Fletcher and Zenobia by Edward Gorey
Garment of Shadows by Laurie R. King
The Great Desert Race by Betty Baker
Great House by Nicole Krauss
Her Permanent Record by Jimmy Gownley
Lion in the Valley by Elizabeth Peters
The Main Corpse by Diane Mott Davidson
Midnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale
My Invisible Boyfriend by Susie Day
Odd Duck by Cecil Castellucci
Ottoline At Sea by Chris Riddell
Packing for Mars by Mary Roach
The Rules by Stacey Kade
The Secret of the Stone Frog by David Nytra
Skywalkers: Mohawk Ironworkers Build the City by David Weitzman
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
Someday by Charlotte Zolotow
Speaking from Among the Bones by Alan Bradley
The Twelve Bots of Christmas by Nathan Hale
Who's Seen the Scissors by Fernando Krahn
Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded by John Scalzi

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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
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3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

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Odd Duck: 06/07/13

cover art

Odd Duck by Cecil Castellucci is a children's graphic novel about friendship and being yourself. Theodora Duck has her routine and she follows it strictly and proudly. She lives by herself at the pond and is completely put out when an eccentric neighbor moves into the abandoned house next door.

Chad is everything Theodora isn't. He's disorganized. He's creative and spontaneous. He dyes his feathers different colors and he doesn't keep them combed. He likes loud music and making art out of found bits and pieces. He is a mess and he drives Theodora nuts.

Except — there might be something there that she recognizes of herself in him. She's not exactly Ms. Normal Duck either — even if her life seems normal from her point of view.

It's a really sweet book about being true to yourself while still being open to those unusual friendships. Rather than fitting in and trying to be like everyone else, it's good to find your own way and have a few friends who do the same, regardless of what anyone else thinks.

Read via NetGalley.

Five stars

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