Odder Further Deepens My Love of Otters

Odder is a remarkable tale of an amazing otter that you can’t help but fall in love with. With an unique way of telling the story through free versus, this book truly captivated my attention and heart! A must read this summer!
~ Momma Braga


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.


Odder is a captivating lyrical tale of an amazing sea otter that will truly inspire everyone. This novel for junior readers is brillant and uniquely written! I have never read a book in free verse and truly loved it.

Reading Odder was an experience that allowed me to immerse myself in a new world and see it from Odder’s perspective. It was truly amazing. I have a deep love and appreciate for otters to the point that in school I did a project on them. Therefore, I feel this novel reflected otters in a way that maybe more people will understand these beautiful creatures.

For this #MelAndNikkiReview, we give this book 10 pups out of 5! This is the book of the summer to read and one that will make you fall in love with otters. It truly is a masterpiece of literature and we are truly grateful to have been able to read it. There are so many extras that the author included such as the glossary, author’s note (love it!), and even some resources for young readers. There is so much more in this novel to check out. Take your time to read it and enjoy each page.

It is usually difficult for me to pick a specific piece in a novel that I come away with. Odder gave me one which is, how to say goodbye to an otter (otter version). I was moved by tears! Thank you!

If you would like to purchase a copy for your summer reading, click here.

About the Author

Katherine Applegate is the #1 New York Times-bestselling author of beloved and award-winning books for young readers, including Odder, Home of the Brave, Crenshaw, WishtreeWillodeen, and The One and Only Ivan, for which she won the Newbery Medal. She is also the author of the Animorphs series, and a beginning reader series, Doggo and Pupper, illustrated by Charlie Alder. Katherine Applegate lives in Southern California with her family.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

~ Momma Braga

*Please note that this book was provided in exchange of an honest review. All opinions expressed are our own.

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