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 Ollie's odyssey
 Author: Joyce, William


 Publisher:  Atheneum Books for Young Readers
 Pub Year: 2016

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 294 p., col. ill., 23 cm.

 BTSB No: 502334 ISBN: 9781442473553
 Ages: 7-11 Grades: 2-6

 Subjects:
 Toys -- Fiction
 Adventure fiction
 Good and evil -- Fiction

Price: $20.71

Summary:
When a toy is bestowed with the title of "favorite," it takes on a coveted rank among the world of household things. But when a vengeful toy conspires to destroy these favorites, he must be defeated by a stuffed toy rabbit.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 5.30
   Points: 5.0   Quiz: 182210
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 3-5
   Reading Level: 5.40
   Points: 9.0   Quiz: 68518

Reviews:
   Kirkus Reviews (03/15/16)
   Booklist (+) (03/15/16)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 03/15/2016 *Starred Review* The bond between a child and a toy is a very special thing. For six-year-old Billy that connection exists with Ollie, the stuffed animal his mother made him when he was born. Resembling a teddy bear with rabbit ears, the endearing Ollie is important for a reason beyond being Billy’s favorite; sewn into Ollie’s chest is a tinkling bell from Nina, the precious childhood toy of Billy’s mother. With a seasoned storyteller’s skill, Joyce sets the stage for an incredible adventure, using Billy’s childish perspective (and vocabulary) to convey the vastness and scariness of the world beyond one’s backyard, as well as to create a place where toys can come to life. Not far from Billy’s house lie the remains of an abandoned carnival, where an embittered toy clown, Zozo, has grown crooked and cruel with hate. His army of Creeps (wicked minions built from scraps) kidnaps the toys Zozo despises most—favorites—and his sights are set on Ollie. Joyce’s beautiful color illustrations put the sweetness of Billy and Ollie’s relationship and the creepiness of Zozo’s underworld on full display. Sensitive readers may find Zozo too frightening, but many will get a thrill from the perilous, high-stakes adventure, where bravery and friendship reign supreme. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: A stalwart of children’s literature, Joyce will drive inherent interest even further with an author tour. - Copyright 2016 Booklist.

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