Friday, March 7, 2014

SIDEKICKED by John David Anderson


Drew is a sidekick without a Super. He's The Sensationalist. His five senses are amped up to the extreme. He can smell what you had for breakfast, or find a friend by the sound of her footsteps, no matter where she is in the school building. And technically, he does have a Super - The Titan. But Titan retired ages ago and no one knows where he is. He's supposed to come to the aid of his sidekick if Drew is ever in trouble, but apparently hanging over a swimming pool of acid does not count because The Titan never showed up. Drew had to be rescued by someone else's Super.

When a presumed-dead super villain returns to the city and Supers get kidnapped and all the side kicks in Drew's training group are attacked, things look pretty dire. Can the last Super - The Fox - save them? Will The Titan finally come out of retirement when the city truly needs him?

This was a great superhero story - I love stories about superheroes!! Drew has a great heart and he's a good friend and he wants to make a difference. But his friends have some cool powers, and Drew wonders where he really fits in. The story really wrestles with the idea of good and evil, intentions, choices and revenge. There's lots to talk about with this book in a class setting or a book club. There's going to be a "companion" novel called Minion releasing June 24th that is already on my wishlist - there's a picture posted below. I can't wait to read it!

4 out of 5 stars
AR reading level of 5.4


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