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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  James Kennedy  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Young Adult; Children;

Born: 1973 in Royal Oak, Michigan

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Illinois Connection

The author lives in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Kennedy graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1995 with a degree in physics and philosophy. He is the author of the young adult fantasy book ''The Order of Odd-Fish'' - a 2008 Smithsonian Notable Book for Children.

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The Order of Odd-Fish
ISBN: 038573543X

Delacorte Books for Young Readers. 2008

JO LAROUCHE HAS lived her 13 years in the California desert with her Aunt Lily, ever since she was dropped on Lily’s doorstep with this note: This is Jo. Please take care of her. But beware. This is a dangerous baby. At Lily’s annual Christmas costume party, a variety of strange events take place that lead Jo and Lily out of California forever—and into the mysterious, strange, fantastical world of Eldritch City. There, Jo learns the scandalous truth about who she is, and she and Lily join the Order of Odd-Fish, a collection of knights who research useless information. Glamorous cockroach butlers, pointless quests, obsolete weapons, and bizarre festivals fill their days, but two villains are controlling their fate. Jo is inching closer and closer to the day when her destiny is fulfilled, and no one in Eldritch City will ever be the same.


''The Order of Odd-Fish'' - a 2008 Smithsonian Notable Book for Children

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