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Powerless by Matthew  Cody
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Cody, Matthew POWERLESS R 5-8

Not only is 12-year old Daniel the new kid in town, trying to fit in, but he soon discovers that his new friends have secret superpowers such as superhuman strength, senses, and the ability to turn invisible or fly. Is there any use for Daniel’s normal, human talents? An avid Sherlock Holmes fan, he soon finds himself investigating why the “supers” lose their powers, and any memory of them, when they turn thirteen. Inspired by classic superhero comics, the plot includes a meteor strike, a 1940s comic series, and a sinister villain. The author creates a classic good vs. evil story, but he also takes us into the head of the villain, allowing insight into his motivations. We see that the world is not always black and white and that it is often hard to be a good guy, especially if you have no superpowers. Daniel’s bravado is inspiring: he acts brave or clever, and that helps him to be brave or clever. Plus he’s the normal kid who may have to save the day. Toward the end, the book becomes a page-turner. The ending is satisfying but definitely set up for a sequel.

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