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The Amazing Adventures of Nate Banks #1: Secret Identity Crisis

3.70  ·  Rating Details  ·  23 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Sixth grader Nate Banks, who's obsessed with comic books, leads a normal life until he discovers his history teacher may be a superhero.

As the three-time winner of the Ultimate Comic Book Trivia Championship of Knowledge, Nate Banks has always been the sixth grade's biggest comic book expert. But when a mysterious new superhero shows up in town, not even Nate knows who she
Paperback, 176 pages
Published May 1st 2010 by Scholastic Paperbacks
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Jan 03, 2016 ☻Kristine☻ rated it it was amazing
Secret Identity Crisis by Jake Bell is a fun book about a boy named Nate that thinks his teacher is a superhero.

In the book, every town has a superhero and there's still many people that don't believe in them. Until the town where Nate lives gets its own superhero and is caught on camera. Nate thinks it's his history teacher. His science teacher gets jealous and becomes a villain, and that's when the hero and the villain start fighting. Nate's school ends up being destroyed.

I really liked this b
Feb 08, 2013 Alan rated it liked it
Except for Wild Cards I usually avoid the fantasy sub-genre of super hero adventures. This title, which is aimed very much the young reader made me curious. It looked like the writer had a solid grip on the idea of a super hero in a small town and a middle school student obsessed with super heroes.

Nate Banks' obsession goes into overdrive when his hometown gets its own super hero. Eventually, a super villain pops up and she has to deal with him. The real thrust of the story though is Nate learn
This superheroes that have job assignments in small town America are pretty interesting but Kanigher Falls did not have one of it's own.
Mr. Enigma, Mr. Miraculous, the damp use Phantom Ranger - who is the greatest, without superpowers. Then Commander Cavalier, Captain Zombie, Wildblaze. Our hero is a comic book fan and he knows and loves them all. His town is suddenly blessed with a Superhero called Ultraviolet and he is given the job of finding out her civilian identity.

There are a few ment
Mar 09, 2011 Christiane rated it really liked it
Finally, Nate's little hometown gets its own superhero, the mysterious Ultraviolet! Sixth-grader Nate is the town's biggest expert on comics and superheroes so discovering Ultraviolet's secret identity should be a breeze, especially when he suspects she is working at his school as a comics hating history teacher. First in a series, this is a fun, fast-paced adventure with likeable characters and a subtle, but really good moral sense. As the author’s dedication says: “There’s no such thing as “to ...more
Aug 11, 2012 Eric rated it liked it
Nathan Banks is obsessed with superheroes. And sure enough, he finds himself in the middle of a superhero/supervillain tussle. The villain is a dullard, and there's nothing particularly interesting about Nathan or his friends. But the superhero has a pinch of angst-y charm.

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Mar 16, 2012 Annalea rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: young comic book fans
Recommended to Annalea by: my daughter
I borrowed this from my daughter for research for an upcoming project. It was a cute, fun read. My daughter, whose opinion matters more than mine in this case, absolutely loves it. She would give it five stars; I'd give it three, so I averaged them for this review. If your child likes superheroes, they will probably like this book.
Jul 21, 2012 Lori rated it liked it
Shelves: juvenile, series
Another Superhero book for Summer Reading Club.

And another cute one, suitable for boys or girls.
Jun 27, 2010 Jacob rated it really liked it
I really really liked it .It was obvious who the bad guy is.I can't what for the 2nd book
Nov 07, 2013 Teresa rated it liked it
If your kids like superheros, this is a great book to read with them!
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When Jake Bell first declared his intention to become an author when he was seven years old, his mother offered him one piece of advice in pursuing his dream: "Make sure you get a good day job." In the years that followed, Jake found work as a TV sports anchor, a radio disc jockey, a stagehand, a movie studio intern, a file clerk at a law office, an NFL scoreboard operator, a bagel baker, a stockb ...more
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