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3.93  ·  Rating details ·  1,932 ratings  ·  299 reviews
With not nearly enough power comes way too much responsibility.

Andrew Bean might be a part of H.E.R.O., a secret organization for the training of superhero sidekicks, but that doesn’t mean that life is all leaping tall buildings in single bounds. First, there’s Drew’s power: Possessed of super senses – his hearing, sight, taste, touch, and smell are the most powerful on t
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published June 25th 2013 by Walden Pond Press
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Experiment BL626
Superhero fictions tend to fall into two camps: campy and meta. This Middle Grade fiction fell into camp meta, and it fell flat on its bottom with a splat. Ouch.

+ the main character

I struggled to like the main character because Drew was quite nettlesome. I was aware that because he was only 13 years old I should cut him some slack, and I did. I cut him lots of slack, despite the jabbing fact that the people in charge thought he was mature enough to handle and keep chemical weapons and to go out
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Mar 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Sidekicked had me at superheroes. I can't get enough of them, at least so far, and the superhero books I've read thus far have yet to seriously let me down. Sidekicked is a great read, full of action and humor, like all the best superhero stories. Full of twists, turns, and middle school awkwardness, Sidekicked is a delightful addition to superhero fiction.

Like most superhero stories, Sidekicked takes place in a fictional city, the home to the most famous of all superheroes, Justicia. In Justici
Abby Johnson
Funny and action-packed, this is a good bet for kids who enjoy all things superhero.
Warning: MAJOR spoilers! Do not read if you have not read this book!

Super powers are the wish of many, but for Andrew, they are an reality, and they come with more then enough problems...

I loved this book! It must be a record: I read it in three days, and all three of those days were weekdays!

Very few authors do exactly what I want them to. I'm not saying this one did, but he was very close.

First of all, I was a little unclear on all of the H.E.R.O. members' powers. What was Jenna's power exactl
colleen the convivial curmudgeon

This book had a slow start, and a whiny protagonist. He spends most of the book lamenting that he doesn't have a cooler/more active power, like super strength or super speed, and, instead, has super senses - like sight, hearing, etc.

I can't blame just him, though, because even the head of the department of sidekicks (or whatever) also seems to sort of undervalue his powers. I mean, he does work on improving and expanding them, but no one really seems to know how to use them to the fullest - i
Jan 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Super Hero stories have always captured everyone’s imagination. From the very first day it was told and to the latest telling, it’s the type of story that lets us dream the impossible. John David Anderson’s Sidekicked is a super hero story that is wildly fun and uniquely twisted at the same time. Andrew Bean’s powers is that he has ultra-high senses. His sense of touch, taste, sight, smell, and hearing are super enhanced. He is also a member of his middle school’s group of students with powers, ...more
Erik This Kid Reviews Books
Aug 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Middle schooler, Andrew “Drew” Macon Bean couldn’t decide if it was good or bad to be a sidekick. His superpowers (super senses – extra good hearing, taste, touch, sight, and smell) make him super sensitive, so Drew thinks they are super lame. His Super, that he is a sidekick to (The Titan), is a super-drunk. Plus Drew is super-tired of keeping his super-secret identity super-secret. Drew thinks his Super is good for nothing, especially when The Titan doesn’t come to save him when Drew almost di ...more
Shanshad Whelan

I grew up on stories of superheroes. I think a lot of kids did, and still do. The comics, the animated cartoons that brought them to life, the movies and fans. I’m a huge fan of this world of extraordinary powers, fast-paced action and drama and serial storylines. I still love reading about superheroes. Most of these super-powered denizens of contemporary science fiction and fantasy inhabit the world of graphic novels, comic books, and spin off media books. There is, however, another subset of s
Barb Middleton
Feb 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
This novel pays homage to conventions of superhero fiction novels, as well as pokes fun at the genre. I am a newbie when it comes to reading comic books or graphic novels, but I have seen oodles of movies over the years and I did hear Stan Lee speak this summer, learning a bit more about common comic book tropes. Stan Lee created: The Fantastic Four, Captain America, Spider-man, Thor, Iron Man, to name a few. Lee was one of the creators that influenced a new type of superhero in the mid-twentiet ...more
Jul 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
Who wants to guess which two of my pet topics I'm going to rant about with this book?

If you guessed morality and feminism, you guessed correctly! Yaaaaaaay!

[So many spoilers it's not even funny. Also some swears.]

Before I get going though, let me just say that it was a good book. Or it should have been, is maybe a better way to say it. The concept is cool, plot is good, the writing is good, characterization and blah blah, all good. I really enjoyed reading it, and it wasn't until I got to the la
Jun 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Sidekicked is about a boy named Andrew Bean with a few special abilities, living in a world where "Supers" with superpowers are the norm. We learn pretty early on in the book that those with superpowers have many of the same problems as the rest of us in addition to ones that are unique only to them. Andrew Bean tells the story from his perspective, so we see how he deals with the world of middle school as well as the world of "Supers." The story was well written with lots of insight into both w ...more
Kailey (BooksforMKs)
I adored this book from start to finish! It surprised me, made me laugh, tugged at my heartstrings, and made me think about the meaning of good and evil. Brilliant writing, a delightful story, and a compelling and likable main character! I love it!

The story is told from Drew's perspective, who is a teen sidekick-in-training with a super that has abandoned the superhero community. As Drew tries to convince his super to come back and fight against evil, the other sidekicks are having difficulties
Amanda Thompson
Aug 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Sidekicked has a serious Sky High vibe. I loved it.

Andrew Bean, as his alter ego The Sensationalist, is a member of a secret sidekick training program through his school. With other sidekicks, he trains to hone his abilities and to learn every way a sidekick should help and not hinder his hero. It talks about the little things, too, the inconveniences that arise from having to take your m
Aug 16, 2015 rated it it was ok
Perhaps I expected too much from this book. I’ve read a lot of good texts in the superhero genre. In fact, some of the best texts I’ve read, best movies I’ve watched, and so forth are in that genre. I also read Sidekicked’s sequel/companion novel, Minion (which has nothing to do with the cute little yellow things from Despicable Me, much to my dismay), which was highly original and interesting, beforehand. That was a good book. I’ll review that one someday. It would be inaccurate to say that Sid ...more
Vincent Chen
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book had a clear understanding of what happens throughout the story. This novel to me would be considered to be more of a children's book than a teen or adult book. But the story has a good plot to it because the author includes lots of action, adventure, and a little bit of comedy in it. Some teenagers would maybe like to read this book but not all of them. The author describes the characters appearance, the setting, what happens, etc. really well because he adds good detail so it helps th ...more
Ms. Yingling
May 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Andrew possesses super powers-- but only when it comes to sensing things. He's supersensitive to anything he can taste, smell, feel or hear, which is only marginally useful. Luckily, he has Mr. Masters, who has started a H.E.R.O. group at the middle school for students with powers, thinking that if it's so obvious, no one will figure it out. Mr. Masters trains the kids, and also sets them up with Supers as their mentors. Drew's is the Titan, who took down a particularly nasty criminal, The Deale ...more
Dec 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Andrew Bean, called Drew by just about everyone he knows, has a secret that few realize. He is a member of H.E.R.O., an extracurricular club at school. Most people think it is a group of middle school students interested in protecting the environment, but in reality, they are training up to be superhero sidekicks.

Drew has extremely sensitive senses. He can smell, hear, feel, taste, and see far better than the average person. While he has none of the traditional superpowers, he is able to get a g
Alana Abbott
Jun 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Excerpted from the full review at my blog (

Sidekicked did not disappoint. The book stars Drew Bean, the Sensationalist, a sidekick who doesn't have much in the way of combat ability; instead, he's got heightened senses, which is as much a pain on meatloaf day at school as it is when Drew is hanging over a swimming pool full of acid, waiting to be rescued. (Hey, at least he can tell you what kind of acid it is, just by smell.) When a major villain, thought
Feb 17, 2014 rated it it was ok
Hmmm. Read this book yourself. Boy with power to smell/hear etc extremely good trains to be super hero. I'm left vaguely unsatisfied. I know without a doubt the target audience is young boys, and for sure they would enjoy it. However I can't shake that slight "ugh" feeling. Is it because I'm such a girl and the things that would appeal to a young man are just so opposite me? (I'm not being sexist..... Guys minds work differently and that's not a bad thing :) Good character development. Funny par ...more
May 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
So every so often you need a different book, something that is not what you usually read.
For me this book was this. It’s a middle grade and while in some places it does show. I guessed a bit of the plot, and some of the twists, however a lot of it just stuck a chord.

So yeah overall this book was perfect for me at the given time, the characters were great. A few were a bit 2D but I could gloss over it for the plot which was just so good, however it had a few patches were I knew what was coming a
Brandy Painter
Sidekicked is a fun adventurous tale of super heroes, side kicks, middle school, and figuring out the difference between right and wrong-and how very many shades of gray there are in between. I was entertained by Drew and his "power". I enjoyed all the different side kicks and their relationship with each other. In this world there are people born with super powers (think Incredibles) and they fight super villains. Drew and his friends are part of a training program for those with powers and are ...more
Sep 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
After reading a review in the NYT's Book Review, I gave this a try. There were some early attempts to draw in middle school readers with teenager talk and throughout by continued references to bad cafeteria food, but the basic plot was good. Crime-fighting "supers" have young sidekicks in training at Justicia's Highview Middle School. Drew Bean's skill as the Sensationalist is hyperacute hearing, smelling, etc., but his mentor, the Titan, is broken and ignores him. His dream girl, Jenna, is matc ...more
May 19, 2015 rated it liked it
This is a cute read and is great for fans of superheroes. Some great characters and a good ending twist. However, I was slightly underwhelmed--much of the action takes place in the last hundred pages, and I was hoping for a little more excitement in a book about middle school superheroes.
Jul 09, 2013 rated it liked it
The first half was sooooo slow, I just didn't care. Then it picked up and I read the second half in a night. If I wasn't compulsive, I wouldn't have finished...which is too bad because it got better, it just took too long.
Jaylee Rodriguez
Sep 02, 2015 rated it liked it
This is absolutely a book about a pre teen stuck between two worlds, one as Drew, a sidekick and, two Andrew Bean, a regular Middle School student, or so everybody else thinks!
Steve Siegel
Mar 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Another audiobook with the kids. Fun enough romp through comic book style novel with larger than life characters.
Shae McDaniel
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Sometimes, in moments of high emotion, my brain fritzes out, and instead of calm, rational thought, I instead get one movie line, song lyric, or GIF that repeats in a loop. This happened to me upon finishing Sidekicked. I had expected a light, somewhat silly middle grade with some cool superheroes and adventures. Upon finishing, I had one thought and one thought alone cycling through my head over and over.

I kid you not.

Sidekicked is...
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Noah Sobek
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Side kicked, by John Anderson is a superhero fiction book. The main character Andrew Bean and his friend Jenna are sidekicks. But Andrews hero the Titan is going through an identity crisis. The Titan is in the same bar every day Andrew finds him but he makes him leave almost immediately. When Andrew tries to see him again he isn't there. Then a criminal gang breaks out of prison that the titan could barely take down. They rob banks and get closer and closer and clo
Sarayu Pesala
Dec 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This story is about a boy named Andrew Bean. Andrew Bean might or might not be a part of H.E.R.O., a secret organization that trains superhero sidekicks, but that doesn’t mean that his life is all fighting and action. Drew’s power are not the most useful for fights, super senses, his hearing, sight, taste, touch, and smell are way more sensitive than others, probably the most powerful on the planet. Most sidekicks have a Super that helps train and make them stronger. Andrew's superhero mentor, a ...more
Oct 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
(this review may contain: spoilers, obscure references, squirrels, nuts, squirrels who like nuts, and obscure references about squirrels who like nuts.) Me:"So, Mr. Squirrel, do you like the plans made by the characters in this story?" Squirrel:"I like nuts!" Me:"Do you like the characters themselves?" Squirrel:"I like nuts!" Me:"Do you like the villains in this story?" Squirrel"I like nuts!" Me:"do you like nuts?" Squirrel:"I like nuts!" Me:"So, Mr. Squirrel, would you regard this book as "Nuts ...more
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John David Anderson once hit himself so hard on a dare by his sister that he literally knocked himself out of a chair and nearly blacked out. He has since translated this passion and singularity of purpose to the related arts of novel writing and pizza eating. The author of STANDARD HERO BEHAVIOR, SIDEKICKED, MI

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