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The Adventures of Blue Avenger (Blue Avenger #1)

3.68  ·  Rating Details ·  345 Ratings  ·  51 Reviews
On his 16th birthday, David Bruce Schumacher decides to officially change his name to the Blue Avenger. In this audiobook, listeners find out if David can be anything other than a "secret champion of the underdog, modest seeker of truth, fearless innovator of the unknown". Unabridged.
Audio, 3 pages
Published August 1st 2000 by Random House Audio Publishing Group (first published January 1st 1999)
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Apr 07, 2007 Carly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who like quirky philosophy books
This is the weirdest book ever. The writing is intriguing and unique, but not necessarily great. The characters are odd, and the book is aimless. It's a book that you finish and then your first thought is, "where's the rest?"


Also, a little too much questioning of free will and philosophy talk for my tastes.
Jun 30, 2007 Mowai rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Ok, so i liked this book so much, i gave it away and I bought another copy. I have not done that before. But this is a great read for teens and up. About a quirky kid and how he deals with the various things that are tossed at him. Example: His relationship with his younger bro, his mom, completion, school, social status quos, and even sex. So it's a G rated book but one that deals with issues that I thought everyone goes through. Highly enjoyed it and I still remember it as one of the most enjo ...more
Kevin Lai
Nov 08, 2007 Kevin Lai rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It wasn't bad but it wasn't so great as well. The language used makes light of the situations which range from drugs and alcohol to sex and language. Although the book was written to humor the reader, the underlying theme of dealing with the problems of being a teenager makes itself clear throughout the text.
An excellent exploration of fate/free will, with discourses on vulgarities, gun control, and free speech... all packed into a wildly inventive story you will not want to put down. Howe's writing style is expansive, opinionated, and extremely quirky. Despite Blue Avenger's tendency to get into high-tension areas of discourse, I rarely felt preached to. There are some problems with the book (linear characters, solutions that simply don't hold universally, etc.) but the charm of Blue's philosophic ...more
Jul 20, 2008 Steven rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Simply put, the Adventures of Blue Avenger relates the story of a teenager who wakes up one morning and decides to change his name from the mundane to the adventurous, "Blue Avenger," of course, being his name of choice. What follows are his adventures as he find the confidence he previously lacked. Throughout the narrative, the author explores existentialism and free will by lining up extraordinary coincidences and guiding them through their outcomes. A lot of it feels similar to Douglas Adams' ...more
Have we not all wished that we could become a superhero? I, myself, donned a Wonder Woman top and bottom underwear set as a child (okay, okay . . . tmi). Howe's character, David Schumacher, changes his nameto Blue Avenger and soon discovers that the new name requires heroic feats! Fun read. I have a 9 year old nephew and an 11 year old niece who would love this book. And, I think adults can enjoy it just as much. I did.
Sep 22, 2008 Brian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teenagers
Recommended to Brian by: my brother
This book has a very unique theme.It is really meant for teenagers who have a intersest in complicated things.David the main character has a very complicated mind.He and this girl have always had a question they wanted 2 prove in life.They question was "Do we actually have choices in life?"Or our every thought and action the necessary result of the physical law of the universe?"At fist they barley know eachother but in the end they realize they love eachother.This story has a very interesting e ...more
Heather Rindlisbacher
I gave this book two stars, simply because the underlying theme of freedom vs. fate is worth consideration. Unfortunately, the story line was overwhelming and there was no sense of flow whatsoever. The book also was excessively crude, there are ways to relate to teens without constantly using references to sex and vulgarities. Not one I would suggest as a top teen read.
Oct 14, 2008 Elisabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Blue helps clear a friend's acne problem and thus improve the friend's self esteem, steps in to smooth out a potential crisis involving freedom of speech, inaugurates a peaceful solution for gun control, finds love, and discovers the secret to making a non-weeping lemon meringue pie. All this begins with his 16th birthday, which is the day David Schumacher changes his name to Blue Avenger. It has been several years since I first read the book, but I still found it to be pure joy and a highly sop ...more
Jan 11, 2009 Vicki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a really remarkable feat, this book -- it reads like a comic book, and yet it's all text. Who can pull that off?! Really cool.

Blue Avenger wants to do good in the world, and he wants to do his best by everybody. One of the book's big questions is free will -- do we have it or not? Are people destined to do good, while others are destined to do bad? It's all couched in a really fun, interesting and creative way. Blue Avenger makes himself into a superhero -- or was that his destiny all along
I picked up this book as another possible summer reading for school and found I was pleasantly surprised with it. The story follows a boy named Blue and his determination to make the world a better place. Though bits of the story are a little over the top I loved the light-hearted look at what one person can do to change the world. It is one that I will be suggesting for students to read.
Feb 15, 2009 Adam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen, light-humor
Howe introduces several subplots that slowly work themselves together and finally mesh in the very end. The main character, David (The Blue Avenger) and Omaha Brown are introduced in the outset of the novel with, at times light hearted, but powerfully sorrowful start. The plot slowly turns as David takes on a new identity and sets out to accomplish his life goals. Howe does a masterful job of not only mixing sorrow/sweet with enough action to keep even a tough guy :) like me reading, but does a ...more
Thomas Moore
Apr 08, 2009 Thomas Moore rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen-and-tween, humor
This book is a fresh look into the life of one courageous boy who decided to change his name to Blue Avenger and begin to improve the world around him. As he sets off on his quest he begins to gain more and more confidence and it is amazing what he is able to accomplish when he puts his mind to it. This book stands out for me because of its creative story, its fresh characters and that it is written in such a positive and uplifting way. Yes there is tragedy, but you get the feeling that everythi ...more
Boy loses father. Boy changes name to Blue Avenger, his own created comic book character. Boy tries to be hero whenever possible. Boy meets girl. Girl has past. Boy earns her trust and likes her anyway. I wanted to like "Blue Avenger," especially since it takes on one of my favorite themes and discussions--fate versus free will--but ultimately, the writing style left it all too superficial for my taste. The writing style is breezy and amusing, which makes it a fun and fast read, but upon finishi ...more
Aug 15, 2009 J. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
There are parts of the narrative voice that are truly inspired (mostly when she's talking about time), but Howe has no talent for dialogue, here. I got 75 pages in before I finally just had to abandon ship. And considering this is a book intimately concerned with superhero-dom (and knowing how much I love that subject), you can imagine how bad the dialogue and 2/3 of the narrative voice are. Go get "Quantum Prophecy," instead.
Jan 03, 2010 Beth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A boy who becomes the superhero character he invented is actually treated as one in his very forgiving high school. Blue saves the student newspaper, invents a perfect weepless mereguine pie, and lands the girl of his dreams in this silly-yet-sophisticated novel about free will.

In spite of the charm, humor, and willingness to discuss issues, I couldn't suspend my disbelief to believe that a teen who attends school with a towel tied around his neck wouldn't be harassed to tears by peers, but old
Oct 03, 2010 Nathan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was the most pointless book I have ever read! It had no plot and seemed to just go in random directions. It started out very uncomfortably and the main character was so girlish that I'm surprised the author didn't make him a girl. I had to read this for a book discussion group and I regretted having to. Some people have different taste and this one did not fit mine at all.
Feb 09, 2011 Isaiah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a little weird for me because it starts out with a bunch of information about sperm.. then it goes along to a simple boy changing his name to the blue avenger. but as i went along i began to notice how each character spoke was very unique and even if it was a plain story about some kid going on a road trip with his girlfriend it meant a lot more.
Apr 13, 2011 Lori rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is incredible and was one of the first books I ever read (not counting R.L. Stine). The main character is a high school boy who draws comics. He changes his life by changing his name to Blue Avenger-the subject of his comics. The tangents and parallel stories are used effectively by Howe in creating and entertaining and informative read. You will learn a lot of little bits of random trivia upon completion of this first book in a trilogy about Blue Avenger. I really adore her style, it ...more
Irvington Public Library Teens
Instead of just drawing a comic book superhero, on his 16th birthday, David decides he'll become one. He puts on dad's fishing vest (dad died) and changes his name to Blue Avenger. David isn't crazy, he just wants to feel like a superhero and save the day. If you want a fantasy book or something violent, this is not it. If you want to smile and enjoy something different, try this book for grades 8 and up. First in the Blue Avenger series. -- Steve Fondiller, Teen Librarian.
What? No one else has read this book? But... it is so awesome!
Oct 04, 2011 Sol rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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David Schumacher has always been interested in the question of free will. One day he decides--or does he?--to change his name to Blue Avenger, the name of the superhero he created as a kid, after his father died. When David becomes Blue Avenger, his life changes. He has more confidence, speaks out, and acts for the greater good, from saving the school principal from a swarm of bees to creating the perfect, weepless lemon meringue pie. Most of all, he helps newcomer Omaha Nebraska Brown, who is d ...more
Mar 31, 2013 Ali rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okay, so this is cheating a little bit because even though I read this book in 7th grade for the first time, I re-read it again today and I'm counting it in my total number of books that I've read this year.

But since I rarely re-read books anymore, I think it counts.

Also, this book is just plain awesome. Normal 16-year-old boy named David changes his name to Blue Avenger and suddenly starts to fulfill his destiny (but did he ever have a choice otherwise?, the book asks). He falls in love with Om
Stam Mustapha
Oct 05, 2012 Stam Mustapha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Macammana manusia yang kononnya indie tak suka buku ini?

I mean, seorang remaja lelaki yang tiba-tiba menyatakan hasrat kepada ibunya untuk menukar nama kepada Blue Avenger, dan selepas berjaya menukar nama secara rasmi, personaliti dan dirinya terus berubah seolah mendapat keyakinan baru,

dan goes around memakai serban,

how freaking cool is that?!

Selepas itu berjaya mendekati perempuan yang sudah lama diminati disekolah, seorang gadis yang essentrik, dengan nama Omaha Nebraska Brown, yang rinduka
Mar 24, 2013 vaugnfreech rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This genre of books is what I love lately: coming of age. Maybe because I missed so much of my life on those years (after exerting so much in academics). So I wanna relive my life by reading stories of boys at these ages.

The Adventures of the Blue Avenger is a tale of a nobody…a boy who is having delusions of being a superhero the next day by just changing his name to whatnot. It turned out that his delusions were in effect and in time made himself a local superhero.

He helped strangers along the
Ryk Stanton
This book is mostly notable for its authorial voice, which is somewhat unique, especially for YA fiction. This is the story of a teenager who changes his name to Blue Avenger and somehow become a force for goodness without actually being a superhero. The voice, however is told as if the narrator were telling the story of a superhero in a pulp-era voice narrative. You know the voice that you hear at the end of the old Batman TV series, the one that advised you to turn in to the same bat-time, sam ...more
Hannah Givens
Andromeda Stories is a three-volume manga by the author of To Terra..., Vol. 1. It's basically To Terra only good, and 300 pages shorter.

Where To Terra was a sci-fi story with fantasy workings, this is a fantasy story with sci-fi workings. The setting is the planet? star system? Andromeda, where they have dragon cavalry (awesome!) and a high-fantasy social structure, but advanced technology everywhere you might imagine magic. And where you might have an evil demon army, you have an evil army of
Willie Maes
Oct 11, 2015 Willie Maes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Norma Howe’s “The Adventures of Blue Avenger” fascinated me with its comical yet pleasing action book that allowed me to enjoy this book. A huge reason I decided to read this particular book is that I'm a huge fan of superheroes and when i found this book it was an instant read.

This book main character, David Schumacher ,is a character that I can believe is real. This book does a great job of portraying him as an adventurous kid just trying to make a difference. You can tell while you're readin
Isabella Conidi
At first, this book looks like a cute, yet somewhat odd, story about a tenagger going through changes in his life. But, really, this book is disguised as a real head scratcher when the reader is faced with the life long question " Fate vs. free will?". I am NOT crazy about this book. I get how it makes you think about fate and free will but, the story line is stupid.
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I was born in east San Jose, California, the daughter of a railroad man and an Italian immigrant. I have two brothers, one older and one younger. As a youngster I did well in school, but probably not as well as I could have. I got my first paying job at age ten, which was summertime work picking prunes and cutting apricots with my older brother in the orchards not far from our home. We were fortun
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