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Literature: The Order of Odd-Fish

The Order of Odd-Fish is a young adult novel by first time author James Kennedy.

Jo Larouche has lived her thirteen years in the California desert with her Aunt Lily, a faded Hollywood starlet, ever since she found in Lily’s laundry room with this note pinned to her blankets: This is Jo. Please take care of her. But beware. This is a DANGEROUS baby.

Up until this point, Jo has been, as Aunt Lily puts it, “as dangerous as a glass of milk.” But all that’s about to change. At Lily’s annual Christmas costume party, several strange things happen: a boy in a hedgehog shoots an elderly Russian colonel; a talking cockroach is found tied up in the basement, moaning about how this will play in the tabloid press; and a box falls from the sky, addressed to Jo from “The Order of Odd-Fish.”

Soon, worsening circumstances 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 colorful collection of knights who research useless information. Glamorous cockroach butlers, impossible quests, obsolete weapons and bizarre festivals fill their days, but Jo’s dream turns to nightmare when she learns that instead of a hero of Eldritch City, she may in fact become its destroyer. By the novel’s wrenching climax, Jo comes to understand who she truly is—and what it means to call a city home.


This book contains examples of:

  • City of Adventure: Eldritch City
  • I Am a Monster: When Jo starts to fully understand that she is the ichthala.
  • Meaningful Name: Eldritch City
  • Not Quite Dead: Jo has been stabbed in the back of the neck, chewed, swallowed multiple times, strangled, and partially digested by the end of the climax and thats not including her half-broken will. Even in Eldritch City her chance of living is VERY slim. One month later- She's fine!

Alternative Title(s):

The Order Of Odd Fish