The Odd Squad Zero Tolerance by Michael FryThe Odd Squad Zero Tolerance by Michael Fry

The Odd Squad Zero Tolerance

byMichael FryIllustratorMichael Fry

Paper over Board | September 3, 2013

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After taming the school's biggest bully, Nick, Molly and Karl expect to bask in Safety Patrol glory. But without a bully to set straight, all they're left with is helping sixth graders cross the hall and reminding everyone that Jell-o meat stains.

Enter new kid Simone, who becomes fast friends with Molly but gets on Nick's nerves when she makes light of his quest to find Emily, the mysterious middle school protector who may or may not be real. In an effort to prove he's right, Nick tries to flush Emily out, only to bring the wrath of a new Zero Tolerance policy down on Emily Dickinson Middle School.

Nick's in way over his head (he's not that tall in the first place) and risks expulsion if he can't restore his good name. Since Nick is an expert at making wrong moves, he could be in big trouble. Because if there's one thing worse than being the shortest seventh grader in the history of the world, it'shaving to go through it twice.
Michael Fry is the co-creator and writer of several comic strips, includingOver the Hedge, which is featured in newspapers nationwide and was adapted into the hit animated movie of the same name. In addition to his work as a cartoonist, Michael is the founder of RingTales, a company that animates print comics for all digital media, and...
Title:The Odd Squad Zero ToleranceFormat:Paper over BoardProduct dimensions:240 pages, 8.5 × 5.75 × 0.75 inShipping dimensions:8.5 × 5.75 × 0.75 inPublished:September 3, 2013Publisher:Disney-HyperionLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1423170997

ISBN - 13:9781423170990

Appropriate for ages: 8


Editorial Reviews

Gr 4-7 Middle-schoolers Nick, Molly, and Karl have barely recovered from their last bully-thwarting episode in Bully Bait (Hyperion, 2013) when they encounter a mysterious warning about new student Simone. As the gang tries to get to the bottom of things, Nick inadvertently causes, and then falls prey to, a new schoolwide "Zero Tolerance" policy on bullying. Is Simone behind all the trouble? Characters are clearly drawn, if occasionally one-note. The farcical tone means that nary a paragraph goes by without an injection of comedy sometimes bordering on hokey. Fans of goofy humor will find much to like. The sketchy black-and-white illustrations flow nicely with the text, usually expanding the story and adding humor rather than simply repeating what's been stated. There are well-worn clich s of staying true to oneself, but they are delivered with just enough of an oddball sensibility to feel unique. The page-turning, reluctant-reader appeal of this book is hard to deny. Fans of other illustrated novels like Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Stephan Pastis's Timmy Failure (Candlewick, 2013) will likely take notice. Travis Jonker, Wayland Union Schools, MI-SLJ