Joshua Dread by Lee Bacon

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Bacon’s second features more superteen angst, celebrity problems and wry to goofy humor. The battle with the bad guy at the end is a bit of a letdown, but there’s no denying preteens will like this believable superworld that the obvious promise of the third installment will take them back to. A superpowered thumbs up.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

"Bacon's deadpan narrative hums along with outrageous details, humor, and
action...A hero with a double life and a colossal
set of parental issues, Joshua handles zombies, killer robots, and
teenage girls without losing his cool. Bacon's affectionately playful
take on the superhero genre introduces bombastic personalities without
reducing the characters to caricatures." - Publishers Weekly

"Fast and often funny...A twisty, swiftly moving adventure sure to please superhero fans."
- Kirkus Reviews

"Joshua Dread
is funny, action-packed, and a total
page-turner. You'll want to read to the bitter end--unless Joshua's
parents destroy the world first. Which is a distinct possibility." - Adam
Gidwitz, author of A Tale Dark & Grimm and In a Glass Grimmly

"Villainy! Mayhem! Family! From supervillains to killer houseplants, Joshua Dread
has it all. I couldn't put it down and I didn't dare, not until I'd
devoured every last page!" - C. Alexander London, author of the
Accidental Adventure series


When your parents are supervillains, it's hard
to have a normal life. Joshua Dread tries to keep a low profile. Not
even his best friend, Milton, knows his secret. Luckily Joshua's not on
anyone's radar--not like Sophie, a new girl with a mysterious past who's
got everyone talking. But weird stuff is happening. Pencils explode in
his hand. He leaves scorched butt marks on the carpet. And he can send
bullies crashing into lockers. Turns out Joshua has a superpower. But he
doesn't have to use it for evil, right? His parents give him a book to
explain things... but nothing can prepare him for when smoke creatures
start kidnapping bad guys. Is Joshua's family next?
 

About Lee Bacon

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LEE BACON grew up in Texas with parents who never once tried to destroy the world (at least not that he knew of). He currently lives in Brooklyn. This is his first novel.
 
Published September 25, 2012 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. 274 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction
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Reviewed by Kirkus on Sep 10 2013

Bacon’s second features more superteen angst, celebrity problems and wry to goofy humor. The battle with the bad guy at the end is a bit of a letdown, but there’s no denying preteens will like this believable superworld that the obvious promise of the third installment will take them back to. A superpowered thumbs up.

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