John David Anderson
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The Avengers meets Louis Sachar in this hilarious and action-packed tween novel by John David Anderson, which Publishers Weekly called a "superhero story that any comics fan will enjoy" in a starred review.
Andrew Bean might be a part of H.E.R.O., a secret organization for the training of superhero sidekicks, but that doesn't mean that life is all leaping tall buildings in single bounds. First, there's Drew's power: Possessed of super senses—his hearing, sight, taste, touch, and smell are the most powerful on the planet—he's literally the most sensitive kid in school. Then there's his superhero mentor, a former legend who now spends more time straddling barstools than fighting crime. Add in trying to keep his sidekick life a secret from everyone, including his parents, and the truth is clear: Middle school is a drag even with superpowers.
But this is all before a supervillain long thought dead returns to the city of Justicia, superheroes begin disappearing at an alarming rate, and Drew's two identities threaten to crash head-on into each other. Drew has always found it pretty easy to separate right from wrong, good from evil. It's what a superhero does. But what happens when that line starts to disappear?
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This was a really great book. Anderson's first person narrative in the form of Drew really sold it for me because of his frank way of describing things in the voice of a believably mature 13 year old. It avoided a lot of holes that some YA books seem to stumble into and provided a funny and different perspective on the world of superheroes. A protagonist who's not the most powerful person was a welcome change from the usual, perfect heroes. Definitely would recommend this book, and I hope this is the beginning of a series.
This book was great, but the ending was very sad for me and I encourage the author to make a second one of this book I loved it.
A well action filled book that that I would read over and over again.