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Mascot to the Rescue!

3.35  ·  Rating Details ·  37 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Josh Miller, sixth grader at Demarest Elementary School, has a secret. Everything that happens to Mascot, the superhero sidekick in the Captain Major comic books, also happens to Josh. So when Josh finds out that Mascot is slated to die in the next Captain Major adventure, he knows he has to do something—and fast! A budding comics artist and writer himself, Josh and his ne ...more
240 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Harper Collins
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Feb 18, 2009 Shel added it
David, P. (2008). Mascot to the Rescue. New York: Laura Geringer Books.


Mascot goes beyond lighthearted imaginative superhero play to blurring the line between Josh having imaginative fun and psychological need to help deal with his parents’ recent divorce. After trying to save a new girl, Kelsey, from some bullies, Josh learns that his favorite character, the sidekick Mascot, is going to be killed-off from the comic book series. Having such a strong connection with Mascot, Josh fear
Oct 15, 2012 Teresa rated it liked it
This was charming and funny and very implausible. Josh has gotten very wrapped up in a comic book sidekick, "Mascot", identifying with him so strongly that he sticks up for Kelsey, a victim of bullying at his school (complete with Magic Markered mask). When word gets out that Mascot will be bumped off an in upcoming issue, Josh is determined to convince the comic's creator to change his mind.

Although there are initially troubling issues with Josh's mental state, most are resolved in a satisfying
Mar 07, 2009 Kristen rated it it was amazing
I just ate this book up. The basic story line is about a chubby girl who starts school, is picked on, and then sort of saved by a masked hero - a 6th grader named Josh who has magic markered a mask on his face and transformed his jacket into a cape. Josh calls himself Mascot, a sidekick character in his favorite comic book. ONly Josh really believes he is Mascot, because the character encounters the same obstacles he does. When Josh and Kelsey find out that Mascot is going to be killed off in th ...more
Aug 31, 2008 Auralia rated it liked it
Shelves: childrenslit
Loved it! I thought that it was a great mix of comic books and real life. Josh thinks that he is a comic book hero, Mascot, everything that happens to Mascot happens to Josh. The bad thing is that Mascot is going to be killed in the next edition of the comic book and Josh doesn't want to die! Josh and friend Kelsey set of to discover a way to keep Josh alive. I thought that the book was fantastic, it was a great adventure story and really fun to read, I even caught myself laughing out loud a few ...more
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Dec 05, 2013 Shelby Ward rated it it was ok
Such a boring book! I thought it would be more interesting. The beginning of the book was awesome. But then it became more predictable towards the middle. I really have no idea why my younger brother chose to read this. I gave it a 2 because the story line was good. The characters were good. I liked it how Josh switched his mind to Mascot of how it shows what Josh is thinking like a superhero. Otherwise, the book is slow.
I liked this book for its spunky hero and heroine. There were a few places where I thought that plot/character could have been better developed (especially Wonder Comics mail boy Paul, who's a tool to move the plot forward with way too much screentime) and I really question the ease with which Josh and his mom get out of having to deal with social services. Despite this, the story is actually very interesting and fun to read - a bit of a page-turner.
Feb 24, 2009 Lisa rated it liked it
I wanted to like this more than I did. I hope that the eye-grabbing cover will get students to read it and I have a feeling they will like it more than I did. Spoiler: why did the parents have to get together in the end?
Nov 26, 2008 Joseph rated it liked it
Recommends it for: comic book fans, young and old.
Shelves: childrens, 6th-8th
A fun, unbelievable, adventurous read that brought a smile to my face and even made me laugh out loud as I read.
Jul 27, 2008 Betsy rated it liked it
Recommended to Betsy by: Jill Santopolo
One Sentence Review: I appreciated the look at how the comic book world has become a playground for adults rather than children, but I think the book needed just a smidgen more depth.
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