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Powerless (Daniel Corrigan #1)

3.99 of 5 stars 3.99  ·  rating details  ·  2,539 ratings  ·  356 reviews
Superheroes soar in this promising debut—and they’re kids!

Twelve-year-old Daniel, the new kid in town, soon learns the truth about his nice—but odd—new friends: one can fly, another can turn invisible, yet another controls electricity. Incredible. The superkids use their powers to secretly do good in the town, but they’re haunted by the fact that the moment they turn thirt
Kindle Edition, 290 pages
Published October 27th 2009 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2009)
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Jennifer Wardrip
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Daniel can't help noticing some of the kids in his new town are a little... unusual. The girl across the street sometimes moves faster than he can see. The school bully can throw kids twelve feet in the air. And his classmate, Eric, always seems to know where there's trouble.

After a near fatal fall, Daniel's friends let him in on their secret - they have superpowers. It's been happening in the town for generations, a fact carefully kept secret thanks to
Sonya Wolfe
The following is a Book Review that my 5th grade class helped me write:

It’s difficult enough moving to a new town! However, moving to a new town filled with mysterious kids, who are trying to hide superpowers, is exceptionally difficult!! Powerless is a science fiction story set in the town of Noble’s Green, the safest place on earth. It is written by Matthew Cody, and it pulls you into a mystery where you are always wondering - what will happen next?
The main character in this story is Daniel.
Aidan Hardekopf
How would it be to have a superpower? Flying would sure be pretty cool, right? In Powerless by Matthew Cody, I'd recommend flying past this bland, predictable fiction text.

This book, set in modern-day, follows the normal Daniel Corrigan and his move to the town of Noble Green, "The Safest Town on Earth." When Daniel's younger brother, Georgie, is stuck in a road, Daniel is left surprised when enighbor Mollie Lee was able to rescue Georgie in a heartbeat. It's not long until he notices how pow
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Chris’s Rating: 4 Stars
Daniel family moves to Noble’s Green to take care of his ailing grandmother. What awaits Daniel is nothing he could have expected. Being a logical Sherlockonian, he has a hard time accepting that the kids of Noble Green all seem to have superpowers…even with all of the evidence before him. But along with these powers come a set of strict rules, including the rule that powers end at age thirteen. On their thirteenth birthday those with powers completely f
Edward Wohlt
This book was about a family who had just moved to noble Green to take care of their sick grandmother. The main character is Daniel, who is 12, and he meets some new friends at school and later finds out that they are some kind of superheroes. They each have different ability’s like controlling electricity, controlling water, and flying. However, they also loose there super powers when they change 13. So there new friend Daniel he helps them to take down the villain who steels there powers. Also ...more
Pamela Kramer
"Powerless" by Matthew Cody is an easy book to overlook. Superheroes -- been done before, especially for middle grade readers. But to overlook this little gem would be a mistake. Cody really takes what is not a novel idea and makes it his own.

Perhaps what makes the story so compelling to read is that the main character, Daniel, has no superpowers. He moves to a town where many of the kids his age (twelve) have really cool powers. Some can fly. Others are really strong. Some of the kids are good,
Superhero chapter books for kids. They're out there. Sure they are. Still, I kind of feel like the wizarding trend Harry Potter started sort of took the steam out of any superhero tales we might have been privy to. Generally speaking, if a kid has magical powers in a book then there's a lot of mysticism or magic surrounding the discovery. The plain old I-woke-up-and-could-lift-a-bus method of everyday powers is more popular in comics, but not so hot in written literature for young `uns. I do won ...more
Weller C.
Grade?interest lv: 3rd+
Genre: Fiction
Lexile: 640
Settings: Mt. Nobel/Witch Fire Mountain, school, observitory, treehouse.
Main Characters: Louisa, Rose, Eric, Bud, Clay, Mollie, Simon, Rohan.
POV: 3rd person

Daniel moves to the town of Noble's Green. He starts to notice some of the kids there are way stronger than they should be or faster. He catches on to their secret and before longs has befriended a group of super-children. But is the sinister secret of rule #3 even more dangerous than being supe
Nathan Ruhde
I thought at first the book was a little confusing with it's indirect characterization on Michael. After that, the story settles in to be pretty good. I had a Skype session with the author of this bok, Matthew Cody, and he said when asked of if a sequel was to arise, he said, "I'm going to let you in on a secret. I just finished the manuscript for the sequel, Super, the other day and my editor e-mailed me a picture of the cover. It is to come out in Fall 2012, so stick around to read the sequel. ...more
Recommended by 13-year-old Brennan, who rightfully says I should read it since I work with the author!
Kids' book club book. I actually liked it better after discussion. The children of certain descendents in Noble's Green, PA have super powers -- some can fly, some have super-strength, some can become invisible. Most of them delight in these powers and use them for "good" as the official rules handed down by generations require them to do. However, these powers disappear when they turn 13 and they have no recollection of them and fade into the "normal" ordinary population of the town. When 12-yr ...more
I read Powerless by Matthew Cody. What happened in the book is, Daniel moved to a new town called Nobel's Green. He went to the local school and noticed very strange things about the kids in his new town. One day he went on a field trip with his class and found out what the kids were trying to hide! He was immediately added in their "super" group and tried to help them with their biggest problem. He tried to help the kids but he got caught in a lot of trouble!
The most exciting and suspenseful
Marit Thostenson
Jul 19, 2014 Marit Thostenson rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Superhereos, Superhero fans, tweens, mature older elementary readers, middle schoolers
Recommended to Marit by: Sara Lundeen
Shelves: favorites, fantasy
Children who are secret super heroes, meet a normal, twelve year old kid.

Daniel and his family move to Noble's Green into his grandmother's house. Daniel is less than enthusiastic and just wants to go back to Philadelphia, but Gram needs family to support her during her chemo.
His whole start in a new town is anything but great when he almost lets his little brother get hit by a car when the neighbor girl comes to the rescue. Or did she? Where did she come from? Before he knows it, Daniel's whole
Yet another reminder to appreciate what you have while you have it. This novel combines mystery with fantasy in a somewhat suspenseful story of how Daniel, the protagonist, is powerless in a community of kids with super powers. After wishing he were more like them, he comes to realize that he is the only one who can help them discover why they are losing their super powers. The characters are solid and the story moves quickly enough that I think kids will like it.
Colby L
This book kept me wanting to read more and more of it. But I wish it had a better ending. This book is about a normal boy, who comes to live with his grandma, in normal town. Or so he thought. It turns out that a few kids in his "normal" neighborhood have superpowers. But once they turn 13 they lose their superpowers, and have no memories of ever having superpowers. This is a really good book and I would recommend Powerless to anyone who likes mysteries.
Denise Weintraut
I had low expectations for this book, given the juvenile cover art, but this one proved that you can't judge a book by its cover! Inside, I found an engaging tale that twisted standard superhero tropes into a new outlook of what it means to be powerful. Combined with an emphasis on mystery-solving, much like the protagonist's fondness for Sherlock Holmes, the tale unwound in an appropriately suspenseful manner, with surprises at every turn.

Daniel moves to "The Safest Town on Earth" and finds ne
Heather Lawson
Daniel Corrigan is an ordinary boy who likes mysteries. When his family moves to Noble's Green to help care for his sickly Gram, Daniel's life changes forever when he discovers that some of the kids in Noble's Green have superpowers.

First of all, I have to admit that I haven't actually read a lot of MG stories since I was a teenager. So this was a refreshing change of pace from the older stories I read these days. I thought that Powerless was a great story, very gripping. I picked the book up a
Teri Smith
On a recommendation of a friend, my husband read this book, then passed it to my son, who devoured it in two evenings. They both enjoyed it, and I wanted in on the fun. I quickly became invested in the characters' struggles and couldn't wait to see what happened next. I'm looking forward to the sequel, once Jesse is done with it!
Jan 11, 2015 Linden rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fifth grade and up
Recommended to Linden by: A BookMooch reviewer

It is unavoidable that in moving to anew school, a seventh grader will have to deal with fitting in. Daniel, however, has a harder time of that than most. He discovers that the reason the classmates in his new school in Noble's Green ("The Safest Town on Earth") are a bit odd is that they are young superheroes in training. Fitting in is certainly difficult if you are just a regular teen.

Daniel does have talents, though not like those of his friends. He loves solving mysteries. And it seems that
Margaret Puskar-Pasewicz
Really enjoyed reading this book to Dominick. Great pick by Kelley for Dom for Christmas.
Andy Leonard
Matthew Cody
This book is about Daniel who finds out that his friends all have superpowers. One can Fly, one can turn invisible. But something is taking away their powers right when they turn 13. Daniel has to solve the mystery before all his friends turn powerless.
I thought that this book was very suspenseful and fun. This book was Startling when Daniel was saved by one of his friends, Erik from falling off of Mount Noble. "Then he was no longer falling. Somebody had a hold of him, and
Rj Matney
The book "Powerless" by Matthew Cody is a great book that you can't put down. "A fantastic story, thrillingly told. This book has a superpower- you can't put it down." I agree with that! The book is about a kid named Daniel Corrigan and he is moving to a little town called Noble's Green. He meets a group of kids and one tells him to meet him outside at 9 p.m. on the first day for Daniel. The kids he met were very nice but had a secret. Daniel was going to be the first one they have ever told. Er ...more
My nine-year-old finished this book and begged me to read it; and I am certainly glad I took his advice. This is an excellent story. It contains great characters and lots of action but, more importantly, there was an underlying message that people should always strive to be the best version of themselves and take responsibility for their own actions. I am giving it five stars because of my son's response to it.

I was surprised that it wasn't rated higher in GR, but after reading some of the revie
Powerless is amazing. What really annoys me in books that are about people with magical powers is hat the people like NEVER use their powers. What's cool about Powerless is that the kids have fun with their powers and use them for leisure every day.
Young adult book about a town of kids with super powers that they lose on their 13th birthday. I liked this book because it is different. In a sea of so many predictable books written for young adults, this one is definitely one that stands out.
Apr 06, 2014 Connie marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Powerless, by Matthew Cody, is a Virginia Readers' Choice award winner. It is also a modern fantasy genre since the characters in the town of Nobel's Green under the age of 13 all have super powers. Daniel Corrigan and his family moved to Nobel Green to be with his dying grandmother. Only problem is that when they turn 13, all super powers end and they have no memory of what happened during their childhood. It is a foggy memory. The major themes in this story are making friends and friendship, c ...more
Jesse Smith
This is one of the best books that I have read this year. After reading it, I passed it to my son who read it, and then my wife read it. We all thought that it was a great read. Full of suspense, plot twists and just plain fun.
In the small town of Noble's Green some of the kids are born with superpowers. These "Supers" have been around for generations teaching each other the rules of being a Super. One of the rules: It ends at 13. For some reason on the morning of a Super's 13th birthday they wake up without powers or even the memory of having powers. Most of their childhood is a foggy memory and their former friends not thought of any more. Into this mysterious magical mix steps Daniel, a kid without superpowers but ...more
I really was hoping for all of the characters to just die off at the end, I got really sick of them, but I enjoyed the premise of the book a lot.
weakest part was cover... a little predictable but a great superhero fantasy with an interesting twist or two...
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Originally from the Midwest, Matthew Cody now lives in New York City with his wife and son. When not writing books or goofing off with his family, he teaches creative writing to kids of all ages.
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