Sidekicked by John David AndersonWalden Pond Press (HarperCollinsChildren), 2013. 373p. $16.99. 978-0-06-213316-8.
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With not nearly enough power comes way too much responsibility.
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. There’s his superhero mentor, a former legend who now spends more time straddling barstools than he does fighting crime. And then there’s his best friend, Jenna – their friendship would be complicated enough if she weren’t able to throw a Volkswagen the length of a city block. 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 was all before a supervillain long thought dead returned to Justicia, superheroes began disappearing at an alarming rate, and Drew’s two identities threatened 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 break down?
An extraordinary story of good vs. evil with superheroes and villains and fantastic powers.
I honestly didn’t know what my reaction to this one would be since I was never a fan of comics growing up and still have never seen Batman OR Spiderman. 🙂 So what a pleasant surprise to be drawn in with the quick witted humor tinged with sarcasm that Drew, or the “Sensationalist”, brought to the story.
I loved the mixture of superpowers and the real life of middle school.And the twists and turns kept me on my toes. Just when I thought I had it figured out-BOOM-it went in another direction.
There was enough adventure and action to keep any of my 6th grade boys caught up in it-girls, too, but I think it’s an excellent one for the boys. As much as I liked it WITHOUT having the background knowledge of heroes and villains, I can only imagine how fascinated the kids will be when reading it!
I did wish one thing would have turned out differently, and I can’t say more without giving away too much, but it certainly didn’t take away from the story at all-just me hoping. 🙂
Sidekicked is a must read for kids in the upper grades. A comic adventure without the comics. Well, without the pictures because let me reassure you-there were lots of comical moments. I just loved Drew!
4 out of 5 stars
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