Oddly Normal is a ten-year-old girl with pointed ears and green hair, the daughter of a half-witch. Oddly's mother came from Fignation, a world of magic, to investigate our world, fell in love with an ordinary human, and stayed. Oddly has been subjected to taunts all her life, but they still hurt, and when her clueless parents are surprised no one has come to her tenth birthday party, she snaps, and wishes with all the force of her being that they would just disappear! And they do, much to Oddly's surprise--she's never had any magical abilities before.
Furtuantly, her aunt from Fignation shows up for the party, and takes Oddly home with her to Fignation. At first, seeing all the weird variety of Fignation's inhabitants, Oddly thinks her new middle school might finally be a place where she herself isn't so odd after all. But being a kid from ordinary Earth isn't a ticket to popularity, and things are just as bad, if not worse--at least on Earth she wasn't hunted by a vampire boy's slavering hounds!
The illustrations are vivid and full of peculiar and monstrous details, many of them amusing, and Oddly is a relatable young heroine for those who feel that they don't belong, or whose parents don't understand them. Fantasy fans will be pleased by the wide variety of Fignation's unusual denizens, and bookish readers will be tickled by the sprinkling of literary references.
In short, young graphic fantasy fans of ten or so will find much to appreciate!
This is the first book of a series, and ends somewhat abruptly, with no resolution to Oddly's troubles. Fortunately for fans of Oddly's fish out of water adventures, the second book (shown at right in the picture at the top of this post) comes out November 5, with volume three coming shortly thereafter.
If you'd like to win a copy of Oddly Normal volume 1, just leave a comment by midnight next Saturday, Oct. 24!
Here are the other stops on the Oddly Normal blog tour:
Monday, October 12: Guest post, Log Cabin Library
Tuesday, October 13: Interview and review, Kdub's Geekspot
Wednesday, October 14: Guest post and giveaway, A Library Mama