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The first in a thrilling, action-packed middle grade trilogy, which School Library Journal declared "will likely find the same wide appeal as Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson books.

The Cloak Society: An elite organization of supervillains graced with extraordinary powers. Ten years ago the Cloak Society was defeated by Sterling City's superheroes, the Rangers of Justice, and v
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by HarperCollins
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Mar 21, 2016 Kyle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this a lot more than I thought I would. The characters are believable and well written. The story progressed quickly and held my attention. It was a great YA story and I'm really looking forward to reading more of the series.
Nov 05, 2012 JeanBookNerd rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviews
Jeramey Kraatz’s The Cloak Society takes an interesting look through the eyes of villain. Twelve-year-old Alex Knight is a member of a villainous group called The Cloak Society who happens to have super abilities. He has been training his whole life to follow the footsteps of his parents to become one of the great villains in the world. On his first mission, instead of following it, he saves a girl named Kirbie who happens to be a Ranger. The Rangers of Justice were responsible for the Cloak Soc ...more
Ms. Yingling
Oct 20, 2012 Ms. Yingling rated it it was amazing
Alex is a junior member of the villainous Cloak society, so for his 12th birthday, he and the other Betas (young members) participate in robbing a bank. Alex is supposed to use his telekinesis to open a bank vault door, but fellow team members Mallory and Titan have to take over when he can't. He also makes the super villain faux pas of saving a member of the Junior Rangers, Kirbie, when she is almost killed by a flying fire hydrant. He doesn't know why he would do such a thing, other than it se ...more
Patricia - Lady with Books
Apr 10, 2013 Patricia - Lady with Books rated it it was amazing
I was surprised when I started seeing themes of brainwashing and manipulation and the morality of killing your opponent in a middle grade superhero novel. The adults of The Cloak Society are out for revenge and domination and have turned their own children into weapons and sacrificial lambs. The children are brainwash into following Cloak’s agenda. Those who are not powered are treated like second class citizens and basically slaves. The prejudice and elitism is discomforting to read. Alex, our ...more
Rashika (is tired)
I loved this but there were a couple of issues that I had that make it hard for me to give this cute little book a higher rating.
Mary Catelli
For his twelve birthday, Alex gets to go on a bank robbery.

Raised from birth in the Cloak Society -- on its fourth generation from the first scientists to gain power, bent on world-domination to "right a world that's wrong" -- this is his first chance to show his skills. He fails to get them into the vault with his telekinetic powers; two other young teammates (the Beta Team) do it. And worse, in the following fight, he reflexively saves the life of one of the superheroes. His mother does not ap
Oct 11, 2012 Tracy rated it really liked it
This was an interesting story, and I was plesently surprised that it was told from the perspective of the super villian instead of the super hero perspective. Alex is a typical pre-teen with friend problems and parent problems. Once he starts to have a conciounce and question how he was raised because the actions that his parents and peers are taking just does not sit well with him. I like the fact that this story has Alex think for himself, he doesn't just react. I think that for pre-teens that ...more
Sep 14, 2012 Amanda rated it liked it
I won an ARC copy of this book on Goodreads.

Alex is training to be a member of the Cloak Society and follow in his parents footsteps. The Cloak Society are enemies with the Rangers of Justice and want to seek Revenge on them. While Alex is on his first mission , he saves the life of Kirby a member of the Young Rangers. After saving Kirby's life and discovering the true intentions of the Cloak Society's plans, Alex begins to question where his loyalty lies.

Filled with action packed battles, and m
Daniel Parkinson
Jan 21, 2016 Daniel Parkinson rated it it was amazing
This book was full of sinister plots, victories, and twists. I liked it because it was about superheros fighting super villains. Anyone who likes superheros needs to read this.
Hazel West
Feb 11, 2014 Hazel West rated it liked it
Thoughts on the Overall Book: I'm not the biggest fan of superhero stories, but well, when it comes to the villains, everyone loves a good villain and I really liked the premise of the story featuring a young supervillain in training who has some moral issues with the people he's siding with.

Cover--Yea or Nay: The cover is cool-looking and will likely catch kids, especially young boys' attention (it caught my younger brother's) but I don't care for how Alex is portrayed. The title emblem is my f
Shanshad Whelan
Nov 14, 2012 Shanshad Whelan rated it really liked it
Not bad. I've read a few villain-perspective fiction stories that really fall apart or just tend to clunk along. This one manages to entertain, even if it does suffer from some painful plot cliches. I just wish the beginning chapter didn't feel so all-fired out of place. The intro narrates things from the perspective of an outside viewpoint, and slightly tongue in cheek . . . until we finally zero in on Alex (our protagonist).

The resulting story isn't all that surprising, but it is entertaining
Sep 30, 2012 Kate rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
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This is one of those books that requires you to look into the plans you have for the coming couple of days because once you start, you won't be able to stop until you run out of pages. This is a great story. It asks you to look into the meaning of good and evil. Alex Knight is the villain that can't really reconsile himself with his evil ways. As part of a society of villains, he is forced to grapple with the fact that a part of him doesn't believe in the life he was born into no matter how well ...more
Syed Absar
Jan 15, 2016 Syed Absar rated it it was amazing
I think this book is a really good book, it is about Twelve-year-old boy, Alex Knight he is a dedicated junior member of Cloak who has spent years mastering his telekinetic superpowers and preparing for the day when Cloak will rise to power again. Cloak is everything he believes in. I reccomond reading this book and give it a 9/10.
Janna Thalman
Jan 30, 2013 Janna Thalman rated it liked it
I really did enjoy this book. Just thought it a bit simple but since it is written for younger kids that makes sense. We actually gave it to Josh for his Christmas book but he wasn't too interested in it so I ended up reading it instead. It's about a boy who's born a Supervillain but starts questioning after he meets a Hero. The only thing I didn't like was that he questions his parents and their teachings at a very young age. Which I can't decide how I feel about actually. Since he was actually ...more
Aug 02, 2012 Rose rated it it was amazing
Shelves: edelweiss
Middle grade fun for all ages. I really enjoyed this book, the superpowered teens was an interesting aspect.

I'm a comic book fan and so I'm always interested in books, especially middle grade level, for my kids. This is one that I'll definately add to their shelf.

I grew up in a small town in West Texas and so I've been to Sterling City lots of times. It really put a smile on my face as I was reading this book whenever it mentioned Sterling City. Fun fun!!

If you read 'Vindico' this summer be su
Teresa Dowd
Jul 16, 2015 Teresa Dowd rated it it was amazing
Alex Knight is a good kid who is rated an underperformer, he does his classwork and practices even if he lacks much freedom in a regimented life. He lives a secret life because his family and allies a a super-villain group. They are planning to take over the world for the power and a bit of vengeance for events well before the story. Alex doesn't really feel the hate, and like Ender, it's more a game. Until his team moves to take the violence above the back and forth of the old rogues' galleries ...more
Mark Buxton
Jul 06, 2015 Mark Buxton rated it really liked it
Alex is the son of two super villains, leaders of Cloak. He uses his telekinetic power to help other Betas, like criminal trainees, but they're stopped by Rangers and Junior Rangers. Alex saves one of them from death, so his parents wonder if he should be part of the plan to banish all of the Rangers into the Gloom, kind of limbo between life and death. He runs into the Junior Ranger again, and he becomes confused when she offers to help him leave Cloak. He feels like there's more to the raid th ...more
Jan 25, 2013 Amy rated it really liked it
Shelves: mykidbooks
I have to admit, I've always wanted super powers...but since I've never had a transformative encounter with a super charged spider, toxic waste, or extra-terrestrial matter I will settle for reading about super heroes and villains. I really enjoyed this book. It is a fun adventure with characters that you care about and kids learning who they are rather than who their parents want them to be. I am looking forward to the next book in this series or the aforementioned transformative experience.
Laura Phelps
Dec 27, 2012 Laura Phelps rated it really liked it
Shelves: possiblemsba2012
A surprising twist on the good vs. evil theme. Alex is being initiated into the Cloak Society, a superviillain group fighting to defeat the Rangers of Justice. To his (and everyone elses) shock, though, in a crucial moment in a battle, he saves the life of a young Ranger. This action leads him to question what the Cloak Society is fighting for and his moral dilemma is palpable. Strong characters, fast pace, interesting themes and a great cover will definitely appeal to readers!
Oct 12, 2015 Beccie rated it really liked it
This is an awesome start to a middle grade series about young supervillains and superheroes. I read it because some of my students are crazy about this series, and I can see why. I bet the second and third books of the trilogy are even better because you would know the characters and what was happening. There is quite a bit of set-up, but it is necessary to understand both worlds and what the two sides are fighting for. Our main character was raised to become the greatest supervillain of all tim ...more
Dr. Book
Apr 04, 2014 Dr. Book rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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Jan 11, 2015 Linden rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fifth grade and up
Recommended to Linden by: A BookMooch reviewer

It is an interesting idea to write a story from the perspective of the supervillains who the superheroes fight, and how the young talent learn allegiance and come to believe in their darker purposes.

Alex Knight hopes to become part of a strike force of young supers who will aid the Cloak Society in overturning the Rangers of Justice. But on a training exercise, without thinking, he saves a girl from the other side.

In addition to this blunder, Alex finds his power difficult to handle. Or rather,
Jan 28, 2013 Tracie rated it really liked it
Shelves: j, adventure, fantasy
Alex is on the beta team of Cloak Society the secretive, fearsome super villain team. He's been raised to understand that their mission is to rule the world so why does he save a beta from the superhero team on his first mission out? Though I think Alex began to question his upbringing a little too easily, this fast-paced adventure story will keep readers waiting for the next book. I loved it!
May 16, 2016 Catherine rated it liked it
Shelves: own, novel, genre-scifi
I didn't have large expectations for "The Cloak Society", but to say that they were met is still a compliment.

I originally picked up this book because I liked the idea of a child raised as a super villain suddenly have a crisis of conscience. I was intrigued by that unusual perspective within the superhero genre. Alex made for an interesting protagonist, with incredible powers he didn't quite understand, and parents he didn't want to disappoint. You really got the sense that he was a heroic pers
Apr 08, 2016 Dave rated it really liked it
Goodreads recommended this book series because I had read a couple of Lisa McMann's "Unwanted" books.

I didn't expect much, but was pleasantly surprised.

Make no mistake...this is definitely a "Middle Grade" book which supposedly means less literary merit than "Young Adult."

I guess I don't read for literary merit. I read for entertainment, to imagine, to feel and to think.

This book met all of those check boxes.

There's a scene with a young girl in an ice cream shop that endears you to her and her p
Tim Protiva
Dec 23, 2015 Tim Protiva added it
Shelves: novels
The Cloak Society: An elite organization of supervillains graced with extraordinary powers. Ten years ago the Cloak Society was defeated by Sterling City's superheroes, the Rangers of Justice, and vanished without a trace. But the villains have been waiting for the perfect moment to resurface. . . . Twelve-year-old Alex Knight is a dedicated junior member of Cloak who has spent years mastering his telekinetic superpowers and preparing for the day when Cloak will rise to power again. Cloak is eve ...more
Mar 20, 2013 Samma rated it really liked it
I wasn't expecting to like this book, but I actually did. I would have preferred a stand-alone rather than the beginning of a series, but I guess that's alright in the long run of things. The characters are likable and the story is very plot driven. Not a lot of extra "fluff".
I found this to be a very enjoyable read. I don't find much fiction entertaining these days, so if something keeps my interest this well, I am impressed. Plus, it is super hero related, so that's another mark in its favor for me. This is a fun read for comic fans, whether of the hard core or new mainstream variety.

I actually read this a while back--not sure when--and at some point started wondering about the sequel. But I couldn't remember the name of this book, and somehow had trouble finding i
Dawn Trlak-Donahue
Somewhat interesting - but definitely wasn't a book I couldn't put down. My middle grade son couldn't get into it.
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Author of the middle grade series The Cloak Society from HarperCollins--a trilogy about a super-powered kid born into a family of supervillains.

I grew up in Odessa, Texas, studied advertising and English at TCU, and graduated from the MFA program at Columbia University where I studied nonfiction writing. I've worked as a snow-cone maker, barista, retail mannequin dresser, a singing/dancing napkin,
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