The Mighty Odds

Book review by Terreece Clarke, Common Sense Media
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age 10+

Fun, thoughtful mystery deals with superpowers, bullying.

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age 11+

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age 12+

Careful of the sequel!

I had to post this here because there is no existing review of the next book in this series, Against All Odds. These books are fun and often funny but they try to depict elements of middle school social life realistically, and the second book veers even farther in that direction — one boy is called a “faggot” and a Black girl is taunted by a classmate making monkey noises and actions. Yikes!! Luckily I was reading this book aloud with my 11-year-old. She mostly reads on her own these days and I would not have wanted her to read this book without having some conversations and supplying context.
age 10+

Some mild language, reinforcing stereotypes

Some mild language (e.g. "slow the hell down") but no strong curse words. A lot of the bullying, stereotypes, and general nastiness is meant to depict middle school life realistically, and it is not condoned. But it's not necessarily appropriate for younger middle grade readers who may be drawn to the book based on the superhero story. A few examples: "Oh my God, what is she, Amish?" (about a girl's poor fashion sense) "One day my gorgeous Nubian queen will come to understand the glories of being with me, and we shall fall in love and make coffee-colored babies." (about a nerd's persistent interest in a girl who has made it clear she doesn't like him) "For a while, Farshad was sure that everyone would get bored with calling him Terror Boy and move on to torturing some other poor kid for no good reason. But the name stuck. When he was out of school sick for a week it was because he had gone to terrorist training camp, where he'd learned how set up a suicide bomb." As far as the writing and story itself, my 8- and 10-year-old boys liked it, but I found it to be unimpressive.

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