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. There's his superhero mentor, a former legend who now spends more time straddling bar stools than fighting crime. And then there's his best friend, Jenna - their friendship would be complicated enough if she weren't able to throw a Volkswagen the length of a city block. 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?
©2013 John David Anderson (P)2013 HarperCollinsPublishers
I was a 'readaholic' for most of my life. I started crochet and other hobbies. That took away from my reading time. I discovered audio books at the library. That set me off. now, that I am older my eyes make it too difficult to read. So I now am a very diligent audio book listener!
This an interesting story about super heroes. It's presented from a young teen view point. This is complicated by the fact he is a super hero sidekick in training. The 'in training' is stressed throughout. Young Andrew Bean is struggling to walk a path complicated by many issues. Girls, friends, school, parents, teachers, enemies, mentors are all here with an infusion of life's many shades of grey. Andrew works through these while trying to keep these, his ideals and the 'sidekick code' in a balance he can live with. Kirby Hebome does an excellent job reading this story. I strongly recommend this book especially for those looking for something a little different.
Even though the genre has been oversaturated the past few years with movies and television shows, they all focused on the heroes and not the sidekicks. Add to that, these were just kids in middle school that were learning about how to use their skills and powers to support their "super". Great concept and great point of view narrative.
I had not listened to anything done by Kirby before but I am amazed at his talent. Not only was he able to distinguish the various sidekicks (male and female), he had to adjust for the adults that make up a large part of the story as well. Kirby did a fantastic job with it all.
Yes. Every time I had even a few minutes I would listen and then be upset when I had to move onto something else. Sometimes I would save certain chores for later so I would take longer to do them, in turn having more time to listen.
This is a great story and I would love to see a sequel maybe a couple of years down the line to see how the characters are dealing with their lives and the fates of some of the other characters.
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