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Geeks, Girls and Secret Identities

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  292 ratings  ·  89 reviews
A SUPER funny, SUPER fast-paced, SUPER debut!

Can knowing the most superhero trivia in the whole school be considered a superpower?

If so, Vincent Wu is invincible.

If not (and let’s face it, it’s “not”), then Vincent and his pals Max and George don’t get any props for being the leaders (and, well, sole members) of the (unofficial) Captain Stupendous Fan Club.

But what happens
Hardcover, 307 pages
Published October 1st 2012 by Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic, Inc. (first published September 1st 2012)
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Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Jan 08, 2013 Christina (A Reader of Fictions) rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who enjoyed The Incredibles
As a huge fan of superhero stories, I could not resist Mike Jung's debut novel, Geeks, Girls, and Secret Identities. Yet again, my instincts for middle grade novels have served me well, because Jung's novel is every bit as stupendous as its main superhero.

Packed with superhero stunts and villainous mayhem, Geeks, Girls, and Secret Identities will surely delight any and all superhero fans. The tone matches up well with the movie The Incredibles, fun, action-packed, focused on family, and with a l
Original review posted on The Book Smugglers

Copperplate City isn’t that different than any other American metropolis. There are parks, a lake (admittedly a very stinky and goose-poop polluted lake), a middle school, a police force, pizza parlors, regular places of business… you get the picture.

The only difference is, Copperplate City is protected by a superhero.

The impervious, undefeated, high-flying and super strong Captain Stupendous has protected the denizens of Copperplate City for decades w
This is a lot like Time Riders. I read that book right before this one, but it took me a lot longer to get around to this review, just due to general laziness/lack of time. Anyway, Time Riders was a fairly typical MG novel. It would definitely resonate with its intended audience, but as an older reader, I had a hard time relating to it. I'm finding that to be the case here as well.

This book was a bit younger than Time Riders - I'd place it between I Can Read books and Rick Riordan, in terms of i
Dec 09, 2014 D rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to D by: Anna Banana
*** MY THOUGHTS SO FAR, 8/18/14 ***

reading this with my beloved niece, Bananz, as her first pick in our Just-The-Two-Of-Us book club. so far the book's irreverence and willingness to look at uncomfortable home situations (though usually from a distance and with something of a humor filter) and its broaching issues of feminism are promising.

but the writing is frenetic, and it's easy to lose the narrative thread through the MANY ALL CAPS SCREAMING MATCHES (a problem earlyish j. k. rowling had, to
From my blog post review for this book:

Things to love about this book:
- The fast-paced dialogue between Vincent and his two best friends.
- The way the book plays with the tropes of superhero stories, comic books, and movies.
- The author’s clear passion and joy for this story that shines through on every page.
- The great diverse cast and the diversity of working family units.
- The wonderful plot twists.

When I looked at the (amazing) cover, which features Vincent, his two male friends, and a GIANT
M a y a
Cute little middle-grade novel which takes place in a world with superheroes, mad scientists, and giant robots. It had a nice twist early on that I don't want to give away, but yay for girl power too :)
Mike Jung's portray of the average geek and superheroes is a very good one. The three friends: Vincent, Max, and George all live in Copperplate City where a superhero battling a villain is a normal day. With the superhero Captain Stupendous keeping their lives safe, everything seemed fine. Not until Stupendous somehow forgets how to fight after saving a girl from a close encounter with death. It turns out, the girl, Polly Winnicott Lee, and Vincent's love interest turns out to be Captain Stupend ...more
John Rea-Hedrick
Read my review of this fantastic middle grade debut at KidLit Network!
Mattathias Westwood
I picked this one up because I really like the Mike Maihack's work and he did the illustrations. I wasn't sure how I felt about it for the first few chapters-- this seems like a pretty standard social-outcasts-save-the-day jr. fiction plotline with some cookie cutter superhero elements, but then it started doing some unique and interesting things with superhero identity and the relationships between youth and adults. Also, it was genuinely laugh-out-loud funny at points. I will read the sequel i ...more
Kristen Badger
Jung, M. (2012). Geeks, Girls, and Secret Identities. New York: Scholastic.

This hilarious and action packed first novel by Author Mike Jung will have reader's laughing out loud and cheering for the underdogs. The main character develops his first crush while striving to be an individual and gain independence from his family. Kids will love that the super hero in this one is a girl!

I would recommend this novel to students who enjoy action/ adventure books with superhero kids. Readers who liked th
Natalie Lorenzi
I ADORE this book! Mike Jung's debut middle grade sci-fi novel is a treat--full of adventure, giant robots, and lines that made me laugh out loud. At the helm is main character Vincent Wu--the lovable, self-deprecating fan of Captain Stupendous, the local spandex-clad superhero who's suddenly turned soft. I loved Polly's character, as well--the object of Vincent's sweet middle grade crush (just don't tell Vincent I said that...). She's strong and opinionated and sets the record straight on what ...more
Brandy Painter
4.5 stars

Originally posted at Random Musings of a Bibliophile.

Countless people have praised high and low Geeks, Girls, and Secret Identities by Mike Jung. So many people I know and trusted recommended this book that by the time I finally acquired a copy my anticipation level was pretty high. And it totally lived up to it.

I love Vincent's voice. He reads as genuine as they come. Completely a geek. Completely a middle school boy. Completely wonderful. (As an adult I particularly enjoyed his observ
L.B. Schulman
Talk about your perfect boy book. Author Mike Jung gets the boy voice down. Even his use of ALL CAPS! when the characters need to shout is so perfectly kid-like. I loved that, and if I had a son, I would give him this book right away….except that the ARC only has sketches, but it really makes the reader want to buy the book (which I have) because all those sketches look like they will turn into some amazing artwork.

This book is about a world where everything is the same as ours except that super
Ms. Yingling
Vincent Wu is one of three members of the Captain Stupendous Fan Club-- not the "official" one, but the one he and his friends Max and George think is most important. Because of Captain Stupendous, Copperplate City has been a relatively safe place, but Professor Mayhem is on the loose with a giant robot. Captain Stupendous doesn't seem to be on his game in working against this threat of evil, and Vincent soon finds out why-- the first Captain has been replaced by a girl from his school and the o ...more
Vincent Wu knows Captain Stupendous like no one else. Sure everyone in the city loves their caped crusader and there's four separate fan clubs devoted to him, but the one that Vincent is president of is the only one that's the real deal-even if it only has three members. Still, Vincent takes his responsibilities seriously--he writes about Captain Stupendous for every school report, he knows all his moves, and he watches and re-watches footage of his fights. But when he finally meets Captain Stup ...more
I am having a difficult time deciding how to rate this book. Taken from a literary/Newbery perspective it probably rates about a 3 - there is nothing wrong with it, but there is nothing wonderful about it, either. BUT, from the perspective of a 10 - 12 year old boy (and some girls), this book is definitely 5 stars - AWESOME!

Vincent Wu is a typical middle grade geek. He is part of the Captain Stupendous fan club, with his best friends George and Max. The three are the only members of this particu
Kimberly Sabatini
I read this with my boys and loved it for a million reasons, but I thought I'd let the real fans speak for themselves...

The 11 year old: "I liked it because the characters felt like real people--good books are usually like that. It was very interesting how every thing was connected--the super heroes, the people and the aliens."

The 9 year old: "I really like the illustrations because I want to be a cartoonist and the story was great because it was so funny."

The 7 year old: "I like that the author
This book was just so much fun.

Honestly, I wasn't sure that it would be fun for me, at first - in the first page, the casual sexism of the twelve-year-old-boy hero got on my nerves, making me think, okay, maybe this isn't actually a book I'm going to enjoy...BUT I was so wrong about that. Not only are Vincent's sexist preconceptions about girls completely overthrown, but the girl who starts out simply as his unattainable crush, Polly, turns out to be a FABULOUS character, completely against all
Teresa Scherping
Vincent Wu is president of the Captain Stupendous Fan Club. It may not be the Official fan club - in fact, it may be the smallest fan club in history - but NOBODY knows more about the world's active superheroes and supervillains than Vincent, George, and Max. Like every kid in Copperplate City they show up every time they get a Stupendous Alert on their phones, hoping to see Stupendous take down a hostile space alien or giant radioactive spider. But Captain Stupendous has been acting strange lat ...more
Robert Greenberger
A lot of superhero stereotypes are turned on their head in this entertaining debut novel. Captain Stupendous, a sic-fi version of the original Captain Marvel, switches hosts to an unsuspecting teenage girl, who knows nothing about superheroics, despite living in a world with 57, no make that 52, heroes currently active. She is forced to turn to her classmates, the Captain Stupendous Fan Club to learn how to be a hero and she needs to do it quickly because Professor Mayhem is back with a new plan ...more
Sometimes it just does not pay to wake up in the morning. //Geeks, Girls, and Secret Identities// explores the life of Vincent Wu, who soon finds that his life is really complicated. Captain Stupendous, the local super-hero and most powerful on the planet, comes to him and his friends for help, just as a new villain comes on the scene looking for his mother. Vincent also has a crush on a girl with a karate punch and his mom is dating someone new. Vincent needs to deal with all of this, and find ...more
Kim Graff
Mike Jung spoke at my regional SCBWI conference. He was funny, energetic and a debut author with a very impressive story (and editor!) so, of course, I had to pick up the book. Even though I generally don't read MG.

Being the only girl in my family, I'm very familiar with comic books. My brother particularly love them, so I find myself highly amused with all his comic book tie ins (like the school names, Xavier, and such). Aside from that, the voice, the plot, the funniest of it all pulled me in
Jillian Frasher
It wasn't exactly my cup of tea, but I am trying to expand my middle grade knowledge more beyond just what my personal tastes are. Though it wasn't exactly my favorite, I still enjoyed it, and think it is a great middle grade novel, and I think boys would particularly enjoy it. Especially if they are superhero fans. Overall it was an ok book, and I'd recommend it to anyone wanting to have more MG recommendations, or to anyone actually within the ages of 10-13 whose interests lie in fandoms, supe ...more
Snappy dialogue, authentic characters, a delightfully evil super-villain...this book has it all! I had high expectations for Mike Jung (whose supreme wit and awesomeness makes him impossible to dislike) and this book not only met my expectations, it delivered so much more. This is a fast-paced, hilarious read that both boys and girls will enjoy. Just don't be surprised if Mom or Dad steals it before you get past the first chapter.
I enjoyed reading about this town that totaly worships their super heroes. Captain Stupendous is the main good guy in this story. The town has alerts that announce where the bad guy is at so if the super hero had a phone, they would know too. It is funny how these middle school kids run around and watch the battle. Vincent, Max and George are three members of the Captain Stupendous Fan Club. Not the official one, mind you, but a hard core club that dissects each of Captain Stupendous' missions ...more
Francesca Mellin
In the tradition of Captain Underpants, here's a funny new superhero adventure. The people of Copperplate City are accustomed to seeing their beloved Captain Stupendous save the day from villains; in fact, there are tons of Stupendous fan clubs. Vincent Wu and his friends Max and George, devoted (and only) members of the Captain Stupendous Fan Club, stumble upon the Captain's new identity just as a menacing robot threatens the city, controlled by the evil Professor Mayhem. When Vincent's mom is ...more
Vincent Wu is quite possibly the world’s biggest fan of Captain Stupendous. He knows everything there is to know about Captain Stupendous. So when Captain Stupendous gets hurts and requires Vincent’s knowledge to save the day, what could be better?

This is a cute story with a creative twist on the superheroes-in-children’s-books angle. The book might as well have a subtitle: “I’m meant for reluctant readers!” (so much so that I think children of the bookworm variety may be put off by the novel).
Vincent Wu is an expert on local superhero Captain Stupendous. Vincent is also seriously crushing on Polly Winnicott-Lee. When Polly is rescued by Captain Stupendous weird things start happening as a new villian threatens the town. All these events are related in this funny story.
The main idea of this book is obvious from the title. Girls can be superheroes, too. I couldn't quite get to 50 pages, however. So I can't give a good review. I wasn't drawn into it. It was a little boring. I'm not in the target audience, however. For young'uns, it might shine.
Paula Lyle
This was fun and at least a little different. The problem with a secret identity was handled very cleverly. (I loved the tooth gap.) This seems like the beginning of a fun series.
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Mike Jung is the author of the middle-grade novels Geeks, Girls, and Secret Identities (Arthur A. Levine
Books/Scholastic, 2012) and Unidentified Suburban Object (Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic, 2016). He
is a founding member of We Need Diverse Books, and serves as a Grant Officer for the WNDB Internship
Program. His essays can be found in the anthologies Dear Teen Me (Zest, 2012), Break These Rul
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