The Odd Squad, Bully Bait

By Michael Fry; Michael Fry (Illustrator)
Disney-Hyperion, Hardcover, 9781423169246, 224pp.

Publication Date: February 2013

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Spring '13 Kids List
“After the school janitor finds Nick stuffed into his locker for the umpteenth time, his school guidance counselor decides that the only way Nick and fellow misfits Molly and Karl will stop being bullied is by being in the school's Safety Patrol. What starts out as the lamest club of all ends up turning the three oddballs into a powerful team, ready to deal with all sorts of craziness, including the likelihood that the school is haunted by Emily Dickinson's ghost. Fry's cartoons make this illustrated novel a laugh-out-loud read.”
— Ellen Klein, Hooray for Books!, Alexandria, VA


Nick is the shortest seventh-grader in the history of the world (he's pretty sure), doesn't fit in with any groups or clubs (who needs 'em?), and spends more time inside than outside his locker (they're roomier than you'd think).

Things only get worse when a well-intentioned guidance counselor forces Nick to join the school's lamest club-along with fellow misfits Molly and Karl-in her quest to cure all three of their "peer allergies." What starts off as a reluctant band of hopeless oddballs morphs into an effective and empowered team ready to face whatever middle school throws at them, including bullies, awkward romance, zany adults, and a brave new world of surprising friendships.

Renowned cartoonist Michael Fry brings an unforgettable cast of characters to life in an illustrated novel brimming with honesty, humor, and heart.

About the Author
Michael Fry is Professor and former Director of the School of International Relations, University of Southern California.
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