School for Sidekicks

School for Sidekicks

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"Evan Quick, Hero's Log, May the 25th... and darn it - I just can't do this. I'm never going to be a Mask. Get over it Evan."

Evan Quick has spent his whole life dreaming of becoming a hero. Every morning he wakes up and runs through a checklist of test to see if he's developed powers over night, and every day it is the same thing - nothing. No flying, no super strength, no heat rays or cold beams. No invulnerability - that always hurt to check - no telepathy, no magic. Not even the ability to light a light bulb without flipping a switch. And now, he's finally ready to give up.

But then, the class field trip to the Mask Museum is interrupted by a super villain attack, and Evan somehow manages to survive a death ray. Even better, Evan's favorite Mask, Captain Commanding, shows up to save them all -- and when things go very wrong, it's Evan who finds the strength to come to Captain Commanding's rescue.

Yet the hero's reception Evan is expecting never happens. Before he even gets the chance to say hello, Evan is bundled away to The Academy, an institution derisively called The School for Sidekicks by its students. Forced to take classes like Banter Basics and Combat with Dinnerware, while being assigned as an 'apprentice' to Foxman - a Mask widely considered a has-been -- Evan starts to worry that he'll never be able to save the day. . . .

School for Sidekicks is a fun, action-packed middle grade novel by Kelly McCullough, the author of the WebMage and Fallen Blade adult fantasy series.

A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year

"An excellent choice for any reader awaiting the next Marvel film." -- Publishers Weekly , starred review

"Disquieting revelations await a fledgling teenager at superhero school. . . . Readers will savor his triumph as well as the melodramatic plot and the cast's rib-tickling array of 'metahumans'." -- Kirkus Reviews , starred review

"There is so much to recommend about this wonderful adventure tale. . . . Evan and his friends at Hero High are pretty normal adolescents caught in extraordinary circumstances, much as a famous young wizard once was in the 'Harry Potter' series." -- Children's Literature

Publisher: New York : Feiwel and Friends, 2016.
ISBN: 9781250079879
Branch Call Number: J FIC McCul
Characteristics: 328 pages ; 19 cm.

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JCLChrisK Jul 09, 2016

Oh, I had fun with this one. It's smart, witty, and entertaining, with a surprising amount of character focus and complexity.

Evan lives in a world with "metahumans," Masks and Hoods (heroes and villains) who were initially created by a bomb that killed hundreds of thousands. He has always dreamed of being just like his idol, Captain Commanding, to a geek-obsessed level that makes him a social outcast. He just so happens to be at the wrong place at the wrong time to become a hostage in an evil plot, which leads to his discovery of minor metahuman powers of his own. Yet he quickly learns that, despite his obsessive knowledge of the history of Masks and Hoods, nothing is at all what he expected. The metahuman world holds many secrets, and he is now caught up in them in ways that turn his dreams and aspirations on their heads.

I'm ready for the sequel.

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