Kennedy, J. (2008). The Order of Odd-Fish. New York, NY: Random House Children’s Books.
“This is Jo. Please take care of her. But Beware. This is a DANGEROUS baby.” This is the warning that greats readers on the back of the book. Thirteen years after Jo was left in Lily’s laundry basket with this note weird things start happening in Jo’s life leading her to discover that she is part of the mysterious order of Odd-Fish and that she truly is dangerous. Jo has to unravel the secrets of this mysterious society to save herself, the order of odd-fish and the world. This book is hysterically funny and a great book for fans of the comedy of Monty Python, Douglas Adams, and Roald Dahl. The book also reminded me a bit of Neil Gaiman’s Fortunately the Milk due to the absurdity of the adventure but is certainly meant for an older audience. Barnes and Noble lists the recommended reading age at 12 but I can see younger tweens immensely enjoying the book. The slightly older rating most likely comes from the vocabulary used and from one of the two villains being potentially a bit scary for some younger tweens. The genre for this book would have to be Comedy above all else with strong fantasy and science fiction elements.