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Reviewer: Kenji, grade 8, International School of Beijing
Book: Sidekicks by Jack D. Ferraiolo
Category: Older Readers (Grades 6-8)
Kenji writes: “When I went down to borrow a new book to read at our library, the book “Sidekicks” immediately caught my eye and I thought to myself "I have to read this!" The blurb of the book made it already seem so adventurous and fascinating It’s about a boy who actually has two identities but is stuck in one world. This book has just the right ingredients to make it a fabulous book; it has adventure, humor, mystery, action and even a little bit of romance here and there. I think this is a perfect book for young adult readers as it is really interesting and a very fun book to read overall!”
Overview: Batman has Robin, Wonder Woman has Wonder Girl, and Phantom Justice has Bright Boy, a.k.a. Scott Hutchinson, an ordinary schoolkid by day and a superfast, superstrong sidekick by night, fighting loyally next to his hero.
But after an embarrassing incident involving his too-tight spandex costume, plus some signs that Phantom Justice may not be the good guy he pretends to be, Scott begins to question his role. With the help of a fellow sidekick, once his nemesis, Scott must decide if growing up means being loyal or stepping boldly to the center of things. Great for boys, comics fans, and anyone looking for a superhero tale that’s also an insightful look at adolescence.
Publisher’s overview via Amazon