Monday, July 7, 2014

MMGM: ALMOST SUPER

I'm still struggling to keep up with everything as my time off to move comes to a close and I see just how much work I have to do before I have to go back. But at least I have a MMGM for you guys!






Goodreads tells us:

Savvy meets The Incredibles in this fresh, funny middle-grade debut about two brothers in a family of superheroes who must find a way to be heroic despite receiving powers that are total duds.

Each leap year, on February 29th, at 4:23 p.m., every member of the Bailey family over the age of twelve gets a superpower. No one knows why, and no one questions it. All the Baileys know is that it's their duty to protect the world from those evil, supervillainous Johnsons.

Today, Rafter Bailey and his brother Benny are finally going to get their superpowers. Benny wants to be a speedy, and Rafter hopes he gets super strength so he can save the day just like his grandfather. But when their powers arrive, they are, well, duds. Rafter can light matches on polyester, and Benny can turn his innie belly button into an outie.

Suddenly Rafter and Benny's world is turned upside down. Especially when they realize that Juanita Johnson, the villain in Rafter's algebra class, thinks that her family are the superheroes and the Baileys are the villains.

What if everything Rafter thought he knew about superheroes turns out to be a lie? He may not have an awesome power, but with the help of Benny and an unexpected friend, he could just be almost super.


My review:

I was first introduced to this book when someone asked me what I would do if my superpower was turning an innie belly button into an outie. My questioning as to where they got such a question uncovered this book. Of course, I just had to read it after that.

And I am quite glad I did.

ALMOST SUPER is fast paced, with never a dull moment. In the beginning, we are given just enough of the world to understand what is going on. Small tidbits are given throughout the book, but never enough to make the story feel bogged down with too many details. 

The characters are likeable. I don't feel like I really got to know them that well, but I don't think that negatively impacted the story. I liked how Marion made Juanita a strong female character. In fact, I think I felt the most connected with Juanita, despite the fact we spent more time with Rafter and Benny.

No piece of information went wasted in this book, so when reading, be sure to stay alert!

I would recommend this book to middle-elementary boys who love comic books but not "real" reading material.

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