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Batman has Robin, Wonder Woman has Wonder Girl, and Phantom Justice has Bright Boy, a.k.a. Scott Hutchinson, an ordinary schoolkid by day and a superfast, superstrong sidekick by night, fighting loyally next to his hero.

But after an embarrassing incident involving his too-tight spandex costume, plus some signs that Phantom Justice may not be the good guy he pretends to be,
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published May 1st 2011 by Harry N. Abrams
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Tommy Hancock
Jun 13, 2015 Tommy Hancock rated it it was amazing
This is my surprise love of 2015 so far(meaning something I knew nothing about and had low hopes for), and I doubt if that will change by New Years.

I expected a fun superhero read: I got that.
I expected something lighthearted and kid friendly: I got about 30% of that.

If I had to criticize anything about the book it's be the cover. Not because I dislike it. I love it, as far as art goes. But I think a lot of the people who would love this story will pass it over thinking it's going to be too kidd
Nov 28, 2015 Fabi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, pnr-uf, ya
I loved it! I don't read too many books intended for the under 12 audience. I would never have heard of this one, much less picked it up to read, if not for a fellow GR reader review that caught my attention.

I would categorize this as YA PNR since I know the middle school crowd reads those as well. That way, adults might also take an interest. I barely put the book down once I started reading it. It grabbed me from the very beginning and took me on a whirlwind of action, teenage angst, and betra
Leigh Collazo
Mar 20, 2011 Leigh Collazo rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
6-word summary: Shy teen superhero falls for archnemesis.

Summary:After an embarrassing super-sidekick wardrobe malfunction, Bright Boy (a.k.a. student Scott Hutchinson) begins to question the motives of his superhero partner, rethinks an old enemy, and prepares to step out on his own.

The Good: I definitely think the tween set will like this one. It has numerous martial arts fight scenes, criminal masterminds, betrayal, secret identities, and first love. It is easy to read and moves fairly quickl
Jan 01, 2012 Becky rated it really liked it
I put off reading this book because, being about superheroes, I suspected that it was totally a GUY book. Fantasy is not my favorite genre either, but my Mock Newbery guys loved it so much (and the girls are starting to weigh in positively too) that I knew I HAD to read it. WOW!! I was immediately drawn into this amazing adventure of modern kids, Scott and Allison, who are typical middle schoolers by day and Bright Boy and Monkeywrench, sidekicks of the warring Phantom Justice and Doctor Chaotic ...more
Jun 14, 2011 Gatorgal21 rated it really liked it
My sister and I just recently picked up some arcs, and Sidekicks was one of them. Masked by a couple young adult novels, I definitely was expecting it to be more of a sidekick (no pun intended) to what I thought would the "better" books. I was so wrong. I picked it up after one of said "better" books disgusted me so much I had to put it down (Misfit, see my review).Thinking I'd just start it quickly and then go to bed, I was totally unprepared for the kick Sidekicks had. It was amazing! The main ...more
Preston Norton
Jun 02, 2013 Preston Norton rated it really liked it
Jack D. Farraiolo is a fantastic writer. Let me start off with that. The voice that he captures for his protagonist is perfect. His characters are engaging--heroes and villains alike--and I was sucked into the chain of events that followed. The tone has a fun, campy noir vibe to it with plenty of humor to make you laugh out loud and make strangers look at you funny. My complaints are small compared to how much I enjoyed this book. I feel that Farraiolo gave away too much early on (stuff that we ...more
May 01, 2011 Reader rated it liked it
Why is it so difficult to write a good superhero novel? There must be dozens out there but most of them are like Ferraiolo's Sidekicks. Which is it to say, they don't quite make the grade. Scott Hutchinson has been a plus/plus (super speed and super strength) for years. Posing as Bright Boy, the sidekick to Phantom Justice, Scott's never had a problem with his job or his employer until an embarrassing moment with his yellow tights and a pretty lady end up on all the news channels. Determined to ...more
Jan 11, 2012 Cara rated it really liked it
Do you think being a sidekick to a superhero sounds like the best job ever? If you answered the question (any answer will do), then this book is for you. Scott aka “Bright Boy” has been a sidekick for Phantom Justice aka Trent (his mentor and adopted dad) since he was 7. Unfortunately Scott is starting to outgrow his sidekick status, and he has definitely outgrown his tights. Since an awkward incident involving the aforementioned tights made ‘Bright Boy’ a laughingstock, Scott has started to ret ...more
Jun 27, 2011 Joshua rated it really liked it
Tough book to review. Very wellwritten just like The Big Splash, fun, dark and twisty, managing to surprise me a couple of times which is not always easy...

However, be warned that nearly the first 100 pages are preoccupied with the feelings of the main character about being caught on video "standing at attention" in his costume (guys you know what I mean)... While this is handled humorously, and does play into guys worst nightmares, it makes the book skew more for upper middle, and pretty neatly
Gabi Lee
May 25, 2016 Gabi Lee rated it did not like it
I started on page 1, and gave up on page 16. It starts with the teenage sidekick popping a boner for capturing an attractive woman. I'm someone who hates unnecessary sexual stuff added to anything, so having a book with a promising plot line start off with that? I'm immediately turned off. But I push through (no, that's not a pun)--with an entire chapter dedicated to this kid getting horny, having this attractive woman praising him and seemingly seducing him (like THATS accurate), and making the ...more
Michael S
Nov 20, 2015 Michael S rated it it was amazing
The book Sidekicks by Jack D. Ferraiolo is about a kid named Scott Hutchinson, a normal teenager, except for the fact that he is the sidekick of the superhero Phantom Justice. Scott’s sidekick name is Bright Boy, shown by his colorful attire. They fight evil doers that live in their city. After an incident with his tights, Scott begins to question his life, and when Phantom starts acting weird, Bright Boy takes action. The plot in this book twists and turns constantly, keeping readers off balanc ...more
Jul 07, 2015 Jonathon rated it liked it
I really want this to be a four. It has all the elements of an awesome superhero story, and it executes them really well. But it's just too cheesy. If you're looking for a somewhat serious plot with a few nice twists and a sappy romance then this is for you. It has great taste, just a shallow depth of originality.
The characters are really cool, Allison especially. She seems just like the tough yet sweet kind of girl that would work really well as an anti-hero. Scott is actually a cool guy who
S.N. Arly
If a long running gag about an ill-timed, inappropriate erection is problematic for you, this is probably going to be a good fit for you.

Strengths - Well developed characters, competently written prose, humor that works for kids and adults (I seriously laughed out loud several times), engaging plot, strong and interesting female and male characters, emotionally complex female and male characters, interesting world, decent description, and a consistent voice that really works for the main charact
4.5 stars!

SIDEKICKS is a YA romance/adventure about Scott Hutchinson, a super strong/super fast teen boy whose alter ego is Bright Boy. He is sidekick to the world's greatest superhero--Phantom Justice. And, man is his world crumbling beneath his feet! Like many combat veterans, Scott's a hero, who doesn't show it.

Scott/Bright Boy has reached the Age of Awareness. Though he's been a sidekick for seven years, he's just now into puberty. And, well, his uniform tights...they are TIGHT! One night, h
Jun 09, 2014 Angela rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I felt like my knowledge of the younger end of YA fiction has been lacking of late, so I snagged this book, thinking it might fit the bill.

What was that about never judging a book by the cover...? The brightly-colored cartoon of the jacket made me think "young tween"; the opening incident involving a pretty girl and the dangers of tight tights on a young man made me re-evaluate that pretty quickly!

That's not a knock against the book - though it did feel like the joke was dragged on for far too
Mar 23, 2014 Laura rated it really liked it
This book has caught my eye a couple of times in the school library. For the first time, though, I found it on the return shelf which meant it was fair game!

I can't believe I read two separate books titled Sidekicks. I thought this Sidekicks was the non-graphic novel version of the other Sidekicks. I was wrong.

Because the two books deal with the same idea, sidekicks, there was some overlap of ideas. This one did just fine on its own.

I read the book silently in with my students and there were tim
Shazza Maddog
Jul 29, 2014 Shazza Maddog rated it really liked it
Scott is a plus/plus - a genetic mutant who is faster and stronger than the average human. He's also ward to Trent, who fights evildoers as the Phantom Justice. Scott is his sidekick, Bright Boy, but, as he's a teenager, things are definitely changing, one of them being his bright orange costume doesn't exactly hide stuff that teenage boys are known for. When his...outfit...makes an appearance in the news and Bright Boy becomes a laughing stock for pretty much everything, Scott wants to make cha ...more
Jun 13, 2014 Aisha rated it it was ok
The author takes the “costumed superheroes” genre out for a joyride, and anyone who comes along will never read comics the same way again. Six years as Bright Boy, sidekick to crime-fighting superhero Phantom Justice, has left Scott a teenager with no life, no friends and revealing yellow tights that show the news cameras every bit of the involuntary hard-on he gets after heroically rescuing a beautiful victim.

Another seemingly devastating protagonist face both inner conflicts and a Dark Knight
Sep 19, 2014 Brandon rated it really liked it
The book Sidekicks is about a child with an undefined destiny trying to find his way in a world of lies and mysteries. It is located in the near future. I would recommend this book to all people who like si-fi action books with a dash of romance. The only problem I found with the book is it has a slow start and complicated plot but, soon explains it's self near the end of the book. That is why I gave the book four stars.
Apr 25, 2014 Mfly rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
The author's gift for dialogue was there again this time but I think the(very cool)cover did a disservice to the book. The audience seemed to be around an 8th grade reader but the cover looked more 4th grade. I bought it for my 11-yr-old nephew, thinking it would be the same audience as The Big Splash bad. Great ideas in here, gotta say it, but it seemed rushed in spots. Regardless, I'm keeping my eye on Ferraiolo.
Lori S.
3.5 stars
Edging into silliness at times and jaw clenching at others, this story is well worth listening to, once you get past the wardrobe malfunction at the beginning of the book. While the joke got carried a little too far, it is a good launching point for Scott's coming of age story, a point of contention between him and his mentor and starts the ball rolling toward the big show down towards the end. In the mean time, Scott discovers the real world ego of his biggest adversary, Monkeywrench,
Nathan Martinson
Sep 20, 2015 Nathan Martinson rated it did not like it
Don't judge this book by it's cover. This book is only good as a fire starter. This book was in the children's section so I thought it was going to be safe to read, but boy was I wrong. In the first 10 pages is has sexual innuendo's that made me feel uncomfortable.

Starting on page 8 is says "The woman nuzzles her face into my neck. She's breathing heavily, and each breath sends a fresh set of shivers across my skin. Her blouse is torn and disheveled, and I can see the top of her bra: pink lace.
Jun 17, 2015 Christina rated it it was amazing
A fun spoof of superheroes and a coming-of-age story at the same time, Sidekicks is the story of a sidekick, "Bright Boy," who's an obvious Robin-type boy wonder to the Batman-like "Phantom Justice" superhero. Scott, Bright Boy's real persona, has an embarrassing anatomical gaffe, clearly visible in his too-tight tights, while rescuing a sexy damsel in distress; he's a growing young man after all. And the resulting public humiliation--the newscrew chopper films it live!--adds to his turmoil over ...more
Dec 03, 2015 Nathangodfrey rated it it was amazing
The author of the book Sidekicks is Jack D. Ferraiolo. The genre is action fiction because it’s not like a superhero would be flying around outside right now. it takes place in a fictional city in the united states. The major characters are phantom justice who is the bad guy of the novel although it not found out about until near the end of the story. Another character is bright boy who is one of the heroes who has to fight against his mentor phantom justice.
The conflict of this story is Brig
Ethan Williamson
Mar 04, 2015 Ethan Williamson rated it it was amazing
THis book is a great boook! First off i'd like to say that i am not a big fan of reading,but this book made me appreciate reading. This book is more for teenage audiences,becuase there is quiet a bit of romance.The main character in this story is scott (a.k.a Bright Boy). Scott is the sidekick to the superhero phantom justice. He is a everyday teenager in New York ,except he has no friends and he has super powers. He ends up in a battle with his archenemises half way through the book and fins ou ...more
Christian Valdovinos
Mar 22, 2015 Christian Valdovinos rated it really liked it
Sidekicks by Jack D. Ferraiolo is a very good book. I liked this book due to all of the action and drama. The writing in this book was very dramatic and powerful. It used short sentence to give you the full feeling and emotion. This book has many strengths including its action-packed fights. When the characters are fighting, they taunt each other and try to get in their opponent's head making you interested and wanting to keep reading more. The book although, does have its weaknesses. There are ...more
Jun 18, 2014 Chris rated it really liked it
Sidekicks examines the world of superheroes from the point of view of a sidekick - one who is currently going through puberty. The tight spandex shorts aren't helping much. The story is fast paced and the twists that come when the narration shifts are unexpected. Shades of Mystery Men creep into the story realistically as corporate branding and superheroes blend. While the story was exciting, the ending felt slightly rushed and had the odd "wait -huh?" moment as additional details about characte ...more
Mar 28, 2015 Joanne rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult-lit
Scott is an orphan and a sidekick to Phantom Justice, is sort of a Batman-like hero, dark and foreboding. Scott's outgrown his tights, as is too evident when his adolescent body reacts to saving females and he's nationally embarrassed. Phantom doesn't care. Scott's trying to grow up. Meanwhile, there's a complicated plot with Phantom's nemesis, and his sidekick, who becomes Scott's friend, and and and....

It's okay. Cartoon violence and lots of cussing. Wouldn't be surprised if it becomes a movie
Goodwin Lu
Nov 03, 2014 Goodwin Lu rated it really liked it
This is a book best read in one go, and only re-reading in the confusing "Dark Chapters" a bit deeper.
The big benefit of reading it quickly or even in a slow-paced fashion extends the humor quite a bit, and the badness of the sidekick's life is extended further, setting up for the transformation, as the arch nemesis of our main character fall in love with each other, and they help each other out, as Allison transforms from being annoyed, to criticizing a little bit, and finally helpful. It mi
Jamie ☕
Apr 22, 2016 Jamie ☕ rated it it was amazing
Hilarious!! Very amazing!! Just the book I was looking for! Full of action and humor and romance! I laughed at almost every chapter! The problem is though, since I have read this book and I'm ready for another book to read, I can't find a book as good as this one!
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Hi...I'm Jack... I've been editing and writing for tv animation for about ten years now, working on such shows as Squigglevision (ABC), Home Movies (Adult Swim), and O'Grady (The N). I also developed and currently write for WordGirl on PBS, for which I won an Emmy. My first novel, The Big Splash, is like Raymond Chandler meets Goodfellas set in a middle school. Here's a couple of reviews:

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