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Thirteen-year-old Andrew Bean goes to school, attends after school meetings, does his homework and appears at the dinner table on time. He’s probably a lot like you and a lot like the kid sitting next to you in Math and the girl a couple rows over in English. Drew’s not super smart  – no ribbons for knowing the most answers. He’s not super athletic – no trophies for being fast or strong.

What Drew is…is sensitive. In fact, you might say he is super sensitive. He feels and sees and hears things other people don’t. He also smells things other people don’t…from like, a couple miles away. Because Drew is not ordinary. Drew is extraordinary. He  is not just super sensitive. He is SUPER sensitive…Drew is “The Sensationalist”…Sidekick to the Superhero “The Titan” and owner of the most acute set of five senses on the planet.

The club Drew goes to after school is the Highview Environmental Revitalization Organization (H.E.R.O.), which is top secret and no ordinary club. Drew and the other five members are all Sidekicks, each one matched with a Superhero mentor. Drew’s friends all have super powers too and can do something to help their Super save the day when trouble comes calling. What can Drew do? He can SENSE trouble coming. Which is cool. But not quite as cool as taking care of business once trouble arrives! It’s hard to take on an arch nemesis with super powered tastebuds.

If you could have a super power what would you pick? Great eyesight? Bionic hearing? A super sense of smell? Huh. No. Those are supposed to be EXTRAS to go along with super strength or invisibility or flying! But Drew does his best with what he’s got. He’s got a pretty good utility belt that comes in handy when he doesn’t forget it in his locker. He also has his Super, of course, which is cool…well, it WOULD be cool having a Super except “The Titan” never shows up. Ever. If your Super never shows up…do you really have one?

When a long thought dead super villain returns and Supers begin disappearing, Drew has to pull his middle school self together and figure out what to do. “The Code” says he is a Sidekick with clearly defined rules about how to be hero support for his Super. But his Super has decided to do nothing. If the people who are SUPPOSED to step up when things go wrong…people like “The Titan,”…what if those people can’t or won’t do the work? What should a kid do? Stand around and wait for someone else to show up and save the day?

No. What you can do is try to figure out what the villain is up to as well as what a hero is supposed to do about it. Sound easy? It isn’t. Even if you are a Super. You can’t make somebody else a hero, but you can choose to be one.

If you liked how Drew has to figure out how to step up when it seems like the people in charge are letting him down, try one of these books about other kids in the same situation. They might not have super powers but they know how step up and take care of business.

Waiting for Normal Also Known as Harper Adam Canfield of the Slash

If you like books about superhero – try one of these, or try to draw a hero. Make up your own. What kind of powers would your superhero have?

Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Boy The Hero Revealed Sidekicks NERDS HIVE
Sky High Heroes Draw Your Own Superheroes How to Draw Justice League How to Draw Comic Book Heroes
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Superman Day! 75th Anniversary of the Man of Steel

Superman Day! 75th Anniversary of the Man of Steel

Superman: The Ultimate Guide to the Man of Steel

DC Comics has designated June 12th as Superman Day to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the legendary superhero. What better day to remember your own imaginary adventures being the Man of Steel than by reading a Superman adventure or learning to draw him to create a comic of your own!


Easy Chapter Books:

Superman: Peace in the Balance Parasite’s Feeding Frenzy The Man of Gold Demons of Deep Space
The Poisoned Planet Lex Luthor and the Kryptonite Caverns The Shadow Masters The Deadly Dream Machine
Cosmic Bounty Hunter Prankster of Prime Time

Chapter Books – Superman & Other Superheroes:

Man of Steel: The Junior Novel Sidekicks NERDS HIVE

Graphic Novels:

Be Careful What You Wish For Eye to Eye Men of Steel Distant Thunder


Superman: The Ultimate Guide to the Man of Steel How to Draw Superheroes Heroes Draw Your Own Superheroes How to Draw Justice League
How to Draw Comic Book Heroes

Selected by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

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The Vengekeep Prophecies

The Vengekeep Prophecies

Jaxter was born to steal. Seriously. His family is good at it and he’s learned from the best. The Grimjinx family knows how to swindle, forge, heist, pickpocket and burgle. It’s their way.

But just because you are BORN to steal, just because you have been taught HOW, doesn’t mean you are GOOD at it. Jaxter has butterfingers. He’s clumsy. Frankly, he’s not that interested. What he DOES know though, is plants. Yes, plants, but not just ANY plants, magic-resistant plants. In the world he lives in, knowing how to resist bad magic is an important skill. When the fate of his family, even his whole town, rests on his shoulders, Jaxter uses his head and relies on his friends to think his way out of a prophecy that seems destined to predict their demise.

A laugh outloud, unpredictable journey across a magical land full of memorable characters and original magical creatures, powers and rules. Author: Brian Farrey

Coming October 22, 2013 – Book #2: The Shadowhand Covenant

Here are some more books that do a great job of creating a world like you’ve never seen before and filling it with memorable characters you want to cheer for:

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Beyonders A World Without Heroes Emerald Atlas Happenstance Found
Peter Nimble and his Fantastic Eyes 100 Cupboards Dormia The Lost Conspiracy
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Staff Pick: Hokey Pokey

Staff Pick: Hokey Pokey

Ever since they were Snotsippers, Jack and the girl have fought, until one day she steals his bike and as he and the Amigos try to recover it, Jack realizes that he is growing up and must eventually leave the “goodlands and badlands of Hokey Pokey.”

“Readers who love the classic  Peter  Pan, will be fascinated by Newbery Medalist, Jerry Spinelli’s  latest book, Hokey Pokey. 

Only children live in Hokey Pokey.  Here Newbies, Snotsippers,  Gapper  Gums and Big kids spend endless days playing at what they like most. There’s the Doll Farm, Trucks, Playground,  watching  cartoons on the Big Screen  and riding bikes.   Jack, the oldest, smartest, and fastest bike rider is their leader.  He can answer any question, settle disputes and rescue the helpless.  One day Jack’s beloved bike, Scramjet  is stolen and something is different.  He discovers an unexpected outcome. “

Recommended by Beverly Elrod, Haughville Branch Library

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Staff Pick: Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom

Staff Pick: Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom

The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom

The four princes erroneously dubbed Prince Charming and rudely marginalized in their respective fairy tales form an unlikely team when a witch threatens the whole kingdom Author: Christopher Healy

We’ve all heard of Cinderella, Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty, and Snow White. But what about the princes who saved them? Healy introduces us to these “Prince Charmings” – Duncan, Frederic, Gustav, and Liam – who are far from being heroes in the eyes of their princesses. With humor, the princes encounter bandits, dragons, dwarves, trolls, and others straight out of the fairytales as they learn to work together. Can the princes save the kingdoms and prove that they can be the princes that princesses are looking for?

Recommended by: Janet Spaulding, Selection

More Staff Picks

If you like The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, try:
Ella Enchanted The Frog Princes Beauty" Half Upon a Time
Rapunzel: The One with All the Hair The Rumpelstiltskin Problem The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell Fairest of All
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