Yesterday, I did a short review of The Odd Job Squad, by Karl Fields, a book I thoroughly enjoyed. Today, Karl is here to tell us a bit about his book. In addition, one commenter from each blog tour stop will win a box of “Pinks,” which are pink fortune cookies that Ander, the main character has a fondness for. One $25 Amazon gift card will be given to one random commenter at the end of the tour.
Take it away, Karl!
Sometimes, the best way to get even is to get Odd.
So, here’s the deal: it’s your first day of middle school, you’re dressed in your new back-to-school gear and loaded down with all your back-to-school supplies. You don’t know where anything is and the halls are full of new faces. All you want is to make it to your next class on time, when someone who doesn’t even know you decides it would be funny to trip you.
Bam! All your stuff goes flying, you hit the floor and rip a hole in the knee of your new pants. Now what? Well, he’s bigger than you, probably in eighth grade, and besides, the school has a no-tolerance policy when it comes to fighting, so that’s out. You could tell a teacher, but do you really want to be labeled a tattletale on your first day?
If you happen to go to San Francisco’s Marina Middle School, you email the Odd Job Squad, four students who specialize in making things right by evening the score. For instance, after Mike Burns gave someone an atomic wedgie in front of all the cheerleaders, the Odd Job Squad fooled Mike into entering a girls P.E. class wearing just his underwear. When Stephanie Cooper spread a pack of lies about another girl, the Odd Jobbers tricked Steph into writing a post on the school website admitting how fake she was.
And the best part? The Odd Job Squad does it all anonymously. They take requests from fellow students, think up the schemes and carry them out, completely undercover. Until someone learns their secret and threatens to tell the world, unless…
It is so on.
Excerpt from The Odd Job Squad by Karl Fields
Greg rolled his eyes and went back to his game. No sign of Christian. We made our way out of the gym, and the second the doors closed behind us, I asked Joe, “What was that about?”
“I don’t know. I guess I thought it would be funny.”
“Next time, stick to the script, okay?”
We’d left Shooter outside the library while the three of us were taking care of the Drive Thru. Since she played on the basketball team, I thought it was best to keep her away from the gym; too easy for her to run into a teammate who might remember her being the scene when Greg’s jersey went missing. Joe and I trekked back to the library, and found Shooter where we’d left her, kickstanding against the wall near to the water fountain. Christian showed up just behind us.
Maybe it was the way she played with the strings on her hoodie – the same blue Golden State Warriors one she’d worn for years, only now the sleeves were cut off at the elbows – but she seemed to be somewhere else, just like the day before at the guesthouse.
“Hey,” I said.
She looked up with a start. “Oh. Hey Ander, did you –”
I shook my head. “We ran into a little problem.”
Joe was about to say something when Christian cut him off. “Lookie, lookie.” He reached into his backpack and pulled out just enough enough scarlet and gold material for us to see “Bilski” printed across the back.
About Karl Fields
Karl Fields is a writer of fiction for teens and young adults. His other interests include jazz, golf and collecting flash drives, the more unusual the better. He was an army brat and by the seventh grade, he had attended six different schools on three continents. His first book, The Odd Job Squad, is about the exploits of three eighth graders who operate an anonymous revenge club at their school. He recommends that you not attempt the stunts portrayed in this book. His second, Instant Preplay, is about a boy who discovers that his DVR records shows before they air. He recommends that you get one of those if you can.