Sidekicked Sidekicked

Sidekicked

    • 4.2 • 57 Ratings
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Publisher Description

The Avengers meets Louis Sachar in this hilarious and action-packed tween novel by John David Anderson, which Publishers Weekly called a "superhero story that any comics fan will enjoy" in a starred review.

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. Then there's his superhero mentor, a former legend who now spends more time straddling barstools than fighting crime. 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 is all before a supervillain long thought dead returns to the city of Justicia, superheroes begin disappearing at an alarming rate, and Drew's two identities threaten 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 disappear?

GENRE
Kids
RELEASED
2013
June 25
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
384
Pages
PUBLISHER
Walden Pond Press
SELLER
HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS
SIZE
1.6
MB
AUDIENCE
Grades 3-7

Customer Reviews

Dstoo ,

Sidekicked

This book was great, but the ending was very sad for me and I encourage the author to make a second one of this book I loved it.

Nakao123 ,

Enjoyable but not unique

Sidekicked had excellent suspense. Action scenes were truly thrilling. There were excellent twists.

However, the worldbuilding was unoriginal and bland. All the old superhero tropes were regurgitated into a dull world again. Nothing subverted, altered, or repurposed. Imagine the most stereotypical superhero world and you have the world of Sidekicked.

The cast diversity was also so-so. Basic 2:1 ratio of men to women and white people to people of color, with white people and men taking up most of the spotlight. It would be nice to see someone else as the hero. I did like the deaf friend, though, and the main character’s super senses sound a lot like autism or sensory processing disorder.

The subplots were frustrating. The trope “nerdy boy fights against jock boy for love of girl and wins” has been done to death and nothing is changed here. The “super keeps identity secret from loved ones” trope looked pretty promising here, but was never properly resolved. I enjoyed the subplot about the Titan, though.

To summarize, there was good suspense, bland and stereotypical worldbuilding, so-so diversity, and mediocre subplots. If you don’t like cliched stories, this is not the book for you.

Fp.erc ,

Inspiration Strikes Here

I myself am a fantasy/fiction writer, mostly about extraordinary girls (some princesses included) who become heroes in some way. But this book brings the bar to a whole new level! I have to up my game! Bravo! Kudos to the writer!

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