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 ...more
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 ...more
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...more
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 ...more
Summary (Amazon.com )
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 ...more
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 ...more
Things begin to change for Newt at the Big Game. While standing outside ...more
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 ...more
This weekend is the final game of the se ...more
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 ...more
He hurriedly crafts a cost ...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more