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Captain Nobody

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  1,811 Ratings  ·  211 Reviews
When Newt Newman's football-star brother, Chris, is knocked into a coma during the biggest game of the season, Newt's two best friends keep his mind off of the accident by helping him create the ultimate Halloween costume: Captain Nobody. Newt feels strong and confident in his new getup, so he keeps wearing it after Halloween is over. Soon Newt assumes the role of a hero i
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published July 9th 2009 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
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Clare Cannon
Oct 01, 2012 Clare Cannon rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: 7-11 years+ (boys)
Shelves: 08-12yrs, favorites

Writing from big sister perspective, Newt Newman is the kind of kid you want to bear-hug, really, really tight, even though he'd probably run a mile to prevent it.

Newt is the oft-forgotten little brother of a big football hero; most people don't even know he exists. Everyone's too busy to notice Newt, even though he's a generous, selfless, unassuming hero of a kid.

Newt's main attraction is that he never feels sorry for himself, never blames or resents other people, even when they've clearly neg
Roslyn Daly
Jun 28, 2014 Roslyn Daly rated it did not like it
Ok..I didn't like this book. I liked the main character, Newt but ALL the other characters really, REALLY irritated me. My intrigue for this book quickly grew to irritation just a few pages in because the parents completely neglected their son Newt. He is left on his own for an entire week while his parents are in the hospital with the older brother Chris after he's left in a coma. They wouldn't even allow Newt to visit him. His forgetful, awful mom and useless dad neglected poor Newt even befor ...more
Sep 14, 2015 Melissa rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-read-alouds
This was probably my favorite read aloud I have read to my kids in a long time. This would definitely interest boys, either as a read aloud, or them reading it themselves.

This book was filled with comedy, excitement, suspense, and heart. It takes on a heavy subject; when tragedy strikes your family, how do you cope? Especially as a kid, who feels pretty helpless? This story teaches kids that although there may be a lot of things out of your control, being available and willing to help someone w
Jan 21, 2013 Joan rated it liked it
You can't tell a book by its cover. This cover looks so light-hearted, but the story turns out to be very serious/deep for this age group.
Sarah W
Newton Newman is used to being invisible. His parents are forever caught up in work and his high school football star brother Chris is getting ready for the biggest game of the year. Most people seem surprised to discover Chris has a ten-year-old kid brother. Newton and his two best friends, JJ and Cecil, are the most ignored fourth graders at their school. Halloween is just around the corner and the three friends decide they've had enough of hand me down costumes and going as the same old thing ...more
Rhapsodysufi Othman
Nov 28, 2016 Rhapsodysufi Othman rated it it was amazing
I have to read this due to my marking task. but I fall in love with the book right away.
Jan 11, 2017 Cassandra rated it it was amazing
This was a great book for kids. It is filled with action while having a great moral to the story. It even captured my attention as we read it for my daughter's school. There are a lot of good life lessons to be taught in the book. We highly recommend it.
Oct 20, 2012 LJ rated it it was ok
Shelves: juvenile-books
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Jessica (Books: A true story)

I read this book out loud to my kids and they loved it. I didn't expect that I would love it too! It was a lot of fun to read out loud becuase it was full of clever dialogue. I maybe got a little carried away with the voices but my kids seemed to like it (or not hate it enough to make a comment). The thing my kids loved the most about Captain Nobody was the superhero notebook that the main character Newt has. Newt makes up characters with cool names and unique powers. A few days into reading, I

Dustin George-Miller
Dec 24, 2012 Dustin George-Miller rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-w-kids
I had a lot of problems with this book, which was included in our home-school curriculum.

For starters, it really wasn't that interesting. The premise of the protagonist's brother going into a coma after a horrific tackle in a football game promised the possibility of exploring a whole range of issues such as how to effectively deal with tragedy and loss, the stages of grief, and an in-depth exploration of self within the context of a nuclear family. Instead this book gives us a ridiculous moder
Jan 26, 2013 Chris rated it it was ok
Shelves: adventure, boy-book

Summary ( )
Life can be difficult at 10 years old. You're not old enough for anyone to take you seriously, and you're just beginning to combat the hormone jungle. It also doesn't help if your high school-aged brother is the star quarterback of the local football team, your family is so busy they tend to rely on you for everything, and you have the mysterious power of blending into the background at school so that no one notices you. Indeed, life can be hard when you're a nobody.

Newton N
I am soooo excited to tell everyone about Captain Nobody! My children and I just finished reading Captain Nobody by Dean Pitchford as our bedtime story. We read for over an hour because none of us wanted to stop before we had finished it. And I lost track of time.

Captain Nobody is the story of Newt Newman, the ten-year-old younger brother to Chris, a football star at the local high school. Newt not only feels somewhat overshadowed by his well-known brother, but feels overlooked in general. This
Oct 26, 2011 Kelly rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
Newton Newman is invisible to almost everyone. (He's not really invisible. It's just that no one seems to notice him.) His own parents even forget that he's around sometimes. But Newt doesn't mind most of the time. He's fine with the fact that everybody knows his star football player brother, Chris, but none of them realize that Chris even has a younger brother. (Okay, so he's not fine, but he's grown used to being ignored.)

Things begin to change for Newt at the Big Game. While standing outside
Oct 14, 2012 Jennifer rated it liked it
This was a sweet, funny book that my children enjoyed hearing. I adore Newt. He's an overlooked ten year old who's always watching out for his family and friends. When he finds his 'inner other,' the thoughtful, every day things he does take on epic proportions and become fantastic acts of heroism. I think there's a good message here about true heroism.

However, there were things that really bothered me about this book. Newt is, essentially, neglected. A ten year old should not be the primary ca
Katie Helwig
Oct 24, 2012 Katie Helwig rated it really liked it
With a name like Newton Newman, who would ever take you seriously? How could you ever be a superhero with a name like that? Since Newton lives in the shadow of his older brother Chris, who is the town football star quarterback, he goes unnoticed a lot of the time. In fact, most people don’t even know that Chris Newton has a younger brother. Then on the night of the big game, Chris gets injured and is in the hospital in a coma. To cheer him up, Newt’s two best friends make him a superhero costume ...more
Apr 21, 2016 SamZ rated it really liked it
Newt is a small, scrawny, 10-year-old living in the shadow of his famous brother, Chris Newton, star quarterback for the high school team. Newt doesn't feel that anybody notices him, at school kids push him out of the way or completely ignore him. At home his parents are so busy with their jobs that they seem to live parallel to him, rather than interacting with him. His brother, though, always seems to have time to help with homework or play a quick game.
This weekend is the final game of the se
Sandra Stiles
Nov 29, 2009 Sandra Stiles rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grades
Newt Newman is not your average fourth grader. He is the superhero of Appleton. Newts older brother is a football star and Newt looks up to him. The talk around school is about the upcoming football game and Halloween. As Newt and his friends sit talking, people step over them as if they are not even there. It is then that Newt's friends decide they need to dress up as one of Newt's superhero characters that he draws. Unfortunately Newt can't see himself as any of them. The night of the big game ...more
Pedro C
Apr 12, 2016 Pedro C rated it really liked it
MS realistic adventure:

Pitchford, Dean. Captain Nobody (2010).

This book touches serious young readers real issues such as growing up being awkward, living in the shadow of other siblings, and dealing with a sibling's major injury. It is a fiction story with great adventures, involving Newt, Chris, Mom, Dad, Cecil and JJ. Chris is Newt's older brother and a star football player. Mom is Newt and Chris's Mother. Dad is Newt and Chris's Father. Cecil is Newt's sidekick and wants to be a drummer. J
10-year-old Newt Newman is used to fading into the background. His parents are workaholics; his brother Chris is the star football player at the local high school; and he and his best friends JJ and Cecil are ignored by the other kids at school. The three of them are determined to get noticed this Halloween, and they are putting a lot of thought into original costumes. But the night of the Big Game, Chris takes a hit during the final play and is knocked into a coma. Suddenly, Mr. and Mrs. Newman ...more
Newton Newman lives in the shadow of his super-talented, golden-haired quarterback brother. Chris (nearly) single-handedly brought a victorious season to the Ferocious Ferrets of Fillmore High School. Newt is hardly ever noticed, in fact most people say, "I didn't know Chris Newman had a little brother. He has virtually no friends except fiercely loyal JJ and Cecil. The trio decides to go trick-or-treating on the big game night. Problem is...Newt doesn't have a costume.

He hurriedly crafts a cost
Sarah BT
Sep 01, 2011 Sarah BT rated it liked it
About the Book: Newt Newman is overlooked at school and lives in the shadow of his big brother Chris, the football star. At the big game, Chris is knocked into a coma. To keep his mind of his brother, Newt's friends encourage him to find his "inner other" for their Halloween costumes. Newt throws something together and discovers Captain Nobody, defender of the little guy. Soon Captain Nobody is saving the day. Can he also save his brother?

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: Captain Nobody is on the 2011-20
Jason Luck
Oct 26, 2014 Jason Luck rated it it was ok
Captain Nobody is about a boy named Newt Newman. Newt and his friends JJ and Cecil have big plans for Halloween. They plan to surprise each other with great costumes instead of wearing old hand-me-downs. Newt’s popular older brother, Chris, is the star quarterback on the high school’s football team. Near the end of the big rivalry game Chris gets knocked into a coma. Now Newt is struggling to find a good costume while he has to take care of himself since his parents are almost always at the hos ...more
Marshiee Kai
Jul 21, 2012 Marshiee Kai rated it really liked it
Captain Nobody is about Newton Newman who is a brother of Chris Newman. All of his life he lives in the shadow of his brother's glory. When Chris was landed in hospital, JJ and Cecil who is Newt's best friends decided to take Newt out for trick or treating. Realising that Newt doesn't have any costumes, JJ and Cecil work together to find the perfect hero for Newt. After throwing and putting things together, they discover Captain Nobody.

I really love Captain Nobody! XD Captain Nobody always seems
Andrew Palladino
Great book for boys 8-12 providing they can step away from the Wii for a bit.

About the book:
Growing up in the shadow of his football-star brother, Chris, Newt Newman never felt particularly special or even noticed in his own family. When Newt’s brother is knocked into a coma during the biggest football game of the season, he is lost again in the whirlwind of concern about his sibling. With his parents otherwise focused on his older brother, Newt’s two best friends decide that celebrating Hallow
Jen B.
May 14, 2013 Jen B. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: school-books
I loved this one! I can't wait to use it as a read aloud. There are so many great talking points throughout, about what it feels like to be a younger sibling, to be un-noticed, to be empathetic, to have a hero, to want to be a hero, and the list could go on and on.

Newt is the little brother to a football super star. When that super star ends up in a coma, from a football mishap, Newt gets left to fend for himself for about five days. In that five days, he becomes "Captain Nobody" and finds his
Mar 01, 2016 Theresa rated it it was amazing
Newt is the younger brother of an All-Star high school quarterback. His parents are so busy that it makes them dumb. Newt never seems to mind one bit. He cheers for his brother and helps out his parents. Yet in everyday life Newt is invisible.

That all changed when the Friday before Halloween, Newt's brother Chris, gets tackled into a coma. Trying to cheer Newt up, his best friends JJ and Cecil help him make an awesome Halloween costume and they have the best Trick Or Treat of their lives. Then N
Fourth grader Newt Newman has always felt like a nobody in comparison to his older brother Chris, a football hero in their small town. When Chris is injured in a game, he ends up in a coma and the Newman parents treat their younger son with even more than their usual obliviousness. Newt’s two best friends try to take his mind off his brother’s plight by putting together a makeshift superhero get-up for Halloween trick-or-treating; Newt turns into “Captain Nobody” for the night, but feels so much ...more
Jeff Harris
Newt Newman is a kid who I can easily relate to due to his love of comic books and creating his own heroes in his Secret Superhero Sketchbooks. For years, he's always been pretty much hidden in his older brother's shadow. Chris, the high school football star, is so revered that most people don't even realize that Chris has a younger brother. When Chris endures a horrible accident on the football field during the big game, Newt's whole world gets turned upside-down. His friends encourage him to s ...more
Jul 05, 2013 Suz rated it liked it
Here are some questions for you:
1. Have you ever felt that your parents overlooked you and that your brother or sister received all the attention in your family?
2. Have you ever felt that you and your closest friends were often treated as invisible by everyone at school?
3. Have you ever wished for a secret identity? Or maybe just wished for a way to be less ordinary?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, then you can understand how Newton Newman feels. His brother is a famous high school
Jan 15, 2012 Karen rated it it was ok
This is a cute story that some kids might enjoy. As an adult, I was looking for a book to read to my class, and I thought this book would be funnier. It's not particularly funny, but it is more heart-felt than I expected. And that was nice, but still I don't think it would hold my class's attention. I didn't find the way the kids talked to really be like kids. More like an adult thinking they know how kids talk. I liked the main character, but also found the school setting to be rather old-fashi ...more
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