Sidekicked by John David Anderson

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Anderson’s greatest gifts to superdom, however, are his pint-size, semi-super characters — the “sidekicks” of the title — who are all his own and, now, ours. They are middle schoolers, six altogether, who participate in a secret H.E.R.O. training program that pairs them with a Super...
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The Avengers meets Louis Sachar in this hilarious and action-packed tween novel by John David Anderson, which Publishers Weekly called a "superhero story that any comics fan will enjoy" in a starred review.

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. Then there's his superhero mentor, a former legend who now spends more time straddling barstools than fighting crime. 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?

 

About John David Anderson

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John David Anderson is the author of one other novel for young readers, Standard Hero Behavior. He lives with his wife, two kids, and whiny cat in Indianapolis. He hates sloppy joes, isn't too fond of neckties, and has no notable superpowers to speak of. Yet.
 
Published June 25, 2013 by Walden Pond Press. 389 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books. Fiction
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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by Larry Tye on Aug 23 2013

Anderson’s greatest gifts to superdom, however, are his pint-size, semi-super characters — the “sidekicks” of the title — who are all his own and, now, ours. They are middle schoolers, six altogether, who participate in a secret H.E.R.O. training program that pairs them with a Super...

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Excellent
on Apr 15 2013

...the tale is so heartbreaking that it’s the perfect training manual for superheroes everywhere. And that means all of us.

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