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Publisher's Summary

Kenny Wright is a kid with a secret identity. In his mind he's Stainlezz Steel, superpowered defender of the weak. In reality he's a chess club devotee known as a grandma's boy, a label that makes him an easy target for bullies. Kenny wants to bring a little more Steel to the real world, but the question is: Can he recognize his own true strength before peer pressure forces him to make the worst choice of his life?

James Patterson's novel is a genuinely funny yet poignant look at middle school in a challenging urban setting, where a kid's life can depend on the everyday decisions he makes.

©2015 James Patterson, Chris Tebbetts (P)2015 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Will be enjoyed by middle-grade boys, particularly reluctant readers." (VOYA)

"It's a chatty, funny, engaging book, one that often addresses the reader directly. It's filled with energetic cartoons...that will appeal to your little rebel, depicting teachers as dungeon-keepers, matadors and flying dragons. Patterson...knows how to structure a plot and builds in some surprising--even touching--twists.... Rafe is the bad boy with a heart of gold." (The New York Times

"A keen appreciation of kids' insecuritiesand an even more astute understanding of what might propel boy readers througha book.... [A] perfectly pitched novel." (Los Angeles Times

"As Patterson artfully weaves a deeper and more thought-provoking tale of childhood coping mechanisms and everyday school and family realities, readers are drawn into a deeper understanding of and compassion for the main characters." (School Library Journal, starred review)

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The best book for any age

What did you love best about Public School Superhero?

This book is really funny.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Public School Superhero?

When Kenny tells his grandma everything about his troubles.

Which scene was your favorite?

I can not pick.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The part when Ray Ray teaches Kenny to be more confident.

Any additional comments?

Read it and you will feel the same way I do.

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Great for this fourth and six greater kids

I love this book so much
It is funny and inspirational I rated it five because I love it so much

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Great read

Students that struggle with peer pressure and do t think there is a way out need to read this book! A well written book with funny antidotes and a serious middle school issue that has realistic problem solving. And of course, one has to like a book that has a superhero!

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