This book is well suited for middle-graders who enjoy books about mythology and magical realism (think Rick Riordan). Odd is a boy who’s father is presumably dead and mother has brought a new man into their lives. The step-father is rude and nasty and Odd finally decides that he has had enough. Or was he pushed out of the home? Odd walks with a limp but always has a positive attitude and a cheeky sense of humor. What adventures will he find?
He sets out to leave home and quickly comes upon an odd trio of animals; a fox, a bear, and an eagle. And what’s this?! They can talk to him! Odd learns that they are the Norse gods Odin, Thor, and Loki and they need his help to rescue Asgard, home of the gods, from the Frost Giants.
This book is perfect for those who are interested in Gaiman’s Norse Mythology but not quite ready for the heaviness of its content and themes.