On February 29th, at 4:23 p.m., everyone in the Bailey family over the age of twelve gets a superpower.
No one knows why, and no one questions it. All the Baileys know is that it's their duty to protect the world from those evil, supervillainous Johnsons.
Today, Rafter Bailey and his brother Benny are finally going to get their superpowers. Benny wants to be a speedy, and Rafter hopes he gets his grandpa's super strength so he can save the day just like him.
But when their powers arrive, they are - well - duds. Rafter can light matches on polyester, and Benny can turn his innie belly button into an outie.
How is Rafter supposed to defeat his algebra class nemesis, Juanita Johnson, now? And worse still, what if everything Rafter thought he knew about superheroes turns out to be a lie?
Rafter may not have an awesome power, but with the help of his wits and an unexpected friend, he could just be almost super.
©2014 Marion Jensen (P)2014 HarperCollinsPublishers
"A solid debut: fluent, funny and eminently sequel-worthy." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Packed with action and humor, this is a superhero tale in the spirit of The Incredibles. Jensen’s wit and light tone give the story a playful quality while still managing to incorporate suspense. Family dynamics and teamwork drive a plot that has, above all, a super amount of heart." (Booklist)
"Jensen employs a clever tongue-in-cheek humor throughout. The short chapters and action-packed sequences keep the pages turning." (School Library Journal)
Haven't read it, Audio is awesome.
Series of Unfortunate Events, maybe, mostly because of the wittiness and genre.
Very well done.
Laugh, more than once.
This is a great audio book for a family car ride--entertaining to the adults as well as the kids (for real, not like when a kid movie makes you wish you were at the dentist--truly fun)
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