Powerless by Matthew Cody

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Superheroes soar in this promising debut—and they’re kids!

Twelve-year-old Daniel, the new kid in town, soon learns the truth about his nice—but odd—new friends: one can fly, another can turn invisible, yet another controls electricity. Incredible. The superkids use their powers to secretly do good in the town, but they’re haunted by the fact that the moment they turn thirteen, their abilities will disappear—along with any memory that they ever had them. Is a memory-stealing supervillain sapping their powers?

The answers lie in a long-ago meteor strike, a World War II–era comic book (Fantastic Futures, starring the first superhero, Johnny Noble), the green-flamed Witch Fire, a hidden Shroud cave, and—possibly, unbelievably—“powerless” regular-kid Daniel himself.

Superhero kids meet comic book mystery in this action-filled debut about the true meaning of a hero.

From the Hardcover edition.

About Matthew Cody

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MATTHEW CODY divides his time between writing and teaching college English in New York City. He is the author of Powerless and The Dead Gentleman, also on the Knopf list. Originally from the midwest, Matthew lives with his wife and young son in Manhattan.
Published October 10, 2009 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 290 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books. Fiction

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"Powerless" by Matthew Cody is an easy book to overlook.

Nov 28 2012 | Read Full Review of Powerless


Middle Grade children’s fiction seems to become more and more acceptable to fiction revolving around superheroes in the last several years, even as comic books have moved away from stories aimed at readers ages 8-12.

Feb 15 2012 | Read Full Review of Powerless

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By local I mean I focused on books by authors I personally know, have met in my online social media adventures, or have heard about through the gossipy cabals that secretly rule children’s book publishing.

Dec 05 2012 | Read Full Review of Powerless

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