Odd & True

Available from Abrams
Hardcover, ISBN 9781419723100
Ebook, ISBN 9781683351443
Paperback, ISBN 9781419735080

Trudchen grew up hearing Odette’s stories of their monster-slaying mother and a magician’s curse. But now that Tru’s older, she’s starting to wonder if her older sister’s tales were just comforting lies, especially because there’s nothing fantastic about her own life—permanently disabled and in constant pain from childhood polio.

In 1909, after a two-year absence, Od reappears with a suitcase supposedly full of weapons and a promise to rescue Tru from the monsters on their way to attack her. But it’s Od who seems haunted by something. And when the sisters’ search for their mother leads them to a face-off with the Leeds Devil, a nightmarish beast that’s wreaking havoc in the Mid-Atlantic states, Tru discovers the peculiar possibility that she and her sister—despite their dark pasts and ordinary appearances—might, indeed, have magic after all.


Booklist Editors' Choice: Books for Youth, 2017
• YALSA's 2018 Best Fiction for Young Adults
• Multnomah County Library's Best Books of 2017


★ “Thought-provoking, atmospheric, and utterly bewitching.”
Booklist, starred review

“The story is adventurous and fast paced, and Winters' atmospheric writing and exploration of themes such as storytelling, family, disability, and trauma will entice many teens . . . An excellent purchase for creepy historical fiction shelves.”
School Library Journal, starred review

“[A] captivating, poignant tale of childhood magic and the bond between sisters.”
Publishers Weekly

“Storytelling and the blur between truth and fiction are at the heart of this metafictive narrative . . . Winters has woven an intricate and innovative pattern of structure, genre, and history that cannot fail to capture readers’ imaginations.”

Cat Winters, masterful author of dark historical novels like The Steep and Thorny Way, has crafted a spooky novel of two Van Helsing-like sisters who fight nightmarish monsters in Odd & True.

“Winters is a master at weaving historical events into dramatic narratives touched by the supernatural . . . There are monsters here, paranormal and human, but they're no match for two girls skilled in wit and weaponry.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

“Cat Winters is a masterful storyteller . . . a dark historical fiction/fantasy novel that will keep readers up late in the night.”
ALAN Picks

Odd & True is a beautifully, carefully crafted piece of art . . . nothing short of a masterpiece . . . Winters’s atmospheric prose paired with her well-researched dark moments in history will leave you with a chill down your spine, making Odd & True the perfect slow-burn read for autumn and winter.

“Like a turn-of-the-twentieth-century, gender-swapped spin on television's Supernatural, this is engrossing paranormal horror with two strong, smart female leads.”
Horn Book Guide Reviews