FICTION

Almost Super

256p. ebook available. HarperCollins. Feb. 2014. Tr $14.99. ISBN 9780062209610.
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Gr 4–6—This superhero story is really about growing up, making choices, and figuring out the world. The Bailey family knows their purpose in life is to fight supervillains like the Johnson family. The Johnson family just happens to think that they are the true superheroes and that the Baileys are the real evil villains. Rafter Bailey cannot wait until the day he gets his superpower. When that day comes, however, the power he gets is less than super and he must learn to live with his disappointment. Although the book is not necessarily laugh-out-loud funny, Jensen employs a clever tongue-in-cheek humor throughout. Readers will identify with the way in which Rafter is treated like a kid instead of a full-fledged member of the superfamily and will enjoy seeing Rafter and his friends outsmart the grown-ups. The short chapters and action packed sequences keep the pages turning. Reluctant readers and fans of the Pixar movie The Incredibleswill be excited to find out what happens in the sequel.—Carrie Shaurette, Dwight-Englewood School, Englewood, NJ
Rafter and Benny Bailey can't wait to join their superhero family's fight against the villainous Johnsons, especially their classmate Juanita Johnson. When all three tweens end up with wimpy powers, however, they discover that both families are being manipulated by supervillains. This superhero comedy will be appreciated by middle-grade readers who've graduated from the Captain Underpants books.

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