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Odd

Amy Le Feuvre

Book Overview: 

Little Betty is lonely being the "odd" one . . . her older siblings are paired up and so are her younger brothers. As Betty seeks the companionship of older people, she slowly begins to turn their hearts toward God. All the while she longs for "tribulation", having learned that she "must have it if I'm to get to heaven"

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .he walked along a road, and then she saw a church, so she thought that must be a good place, and she went inside. The church was dark, and cool, and still, but it was lovely; and there were red and blue and yellow and green and violet sunbeams, and beautiful painted windows, and white marble figures all about, and it was so still that you felt you must hush and walk on tiptoe. And then, what do you think she saw?'

All eyes were on Betty now, as she sank her voice to an impressive whisper.

'She saw a little girl fast asleep!'

'Go on,' said Douglas impatiently, as Betty made another pause.

'So the angel thought she would sing to her; so she went up very softly to the big organ, and began to play it, and then she began to sing. It was lovely. She sang like she did in heaven, and the little girl woke up and listened.'

'What did she sing about?' asked Molly.

'She sang about heaven, and all the . . . Read More

Community Reviews

I really enjoy these classic books.

The story of a young girl in late 1800s Britain. It was on its way to hitting my favorites list because of the story and Betty's engaging character, but something sad happened and then the story ended pretty abruptly after that. I wanted to know what happened to her afterward.

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Probably would have given this three stars except for the fact that I ended the book crying. I can handle books that make me cry--not so much books that end by making me cry. Just a personal preference, obviously, but still...

As usual, Amy Le Feuvre crafts a main character who is unique, engaging...more

Great fun. The children were entertaining and not too pi and although there were the usual tropes of accidental adult conversion and tragic back stories leading to separated lovers and embittered parents these were incidental. The author knew what was expected and gave it but fell short of fillin...more

I read an old, American edition, titled 'The Odd One', beautifully illustrated by Mary Lathbury. About the escapades of a little girl, half angel, half tomboy, who feels she does not belong.

"Really liked it" for the way it spoke to me right now. There are some deep truths caught up in this children's story that many an author would shy away from. (and some untruths too. . .) But for me, just now, it was just right.