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Savvy meets The Incredibles in this fresh, funny middle-grade debut about two brothers in a family of superheroes who must find a way to be heroic despite receiving powers that are total duds.

Each leap year, on February 29th, at 4:23 p.m., every member of the Bailey family over the age of twelve gets a superpower. No one knows why, and no one questions it. All the Baileys
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Hardcover, 256 pages
Published January 21st 2014 by HarperCollins (first published January 1st 2014)
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Debra Yes. How can you be a superhero when you have worthless powers? It isn't some special power that makes you special, it is who you are and what you do…moreYes. How can you be a superhero when you have worthless powers? It isn't some special power that makes you special, it is who you are and what you do with your everyday character. Story of friendship between feuding families. Lots of laughs.(less)
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Faye, la Patata
This was a really, really cute read. It may look simple on the outside, but there are layers and layers underneath full of values that teach about love, understanding, trust, and forgiveness. It's a MG book, but it's something people of all ages can enjoy, especially those who are fans of superheroes, comics, and the like.

So basically, Rafter and Benny are in a family of superheroes who were "chosen by the universe" to save the world from evil. Their dad can fly, their grandfather has superstren
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Cory Webb
I love Almost Super. The Baileys are everything a superhero family should be--eccentric, courageous, funny, and above all, full of heart. But when Rafter Bailey and his little brother Benny get their superpowers, they're crushed to find that their "super" powers aren't super at all. The Baileys think they protect their city from the evil Johnson family. But Rafter and Benny soon learn a shocking truth from their classmate and nemesis, Juanita Johnson, that forces the brothers to question everyth ...more
Sandie
Aug 14, 2014 Sandie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Sandie by: Marion Jensen
I have read many children/young adult books over the years. Some bring great imagery with little story. Some bring a great story with foul language. This story was able to bring together great characters, incredibly described scenes, a fun and captivating story, and clean language. I love the lessons learned throughout the book. It taught about love, forgiveness, realizing your full potential, and being the best you that you can be! I enjoyed this book as I know that my kids will. I suggest this ...more
Sara Grochowski
Rafter and Benny Bailey have been waiting for this day, February 29th, since the moment they learned their family was made up of superheroes. The moment the clock hits 4:23pm, Benny and Rafter's lives will forever change as they inherit the superpowers that will allow them to protect their city from the villainous Johnsons. their dreams take a nosedive, however, when the boys end up with rather useless powers, crushing their dreams of supersuits and heroics.

After an encounter with classmate and
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Rosalyn Eves
My 9 year-old-son read Marion Jensen's Almost Super a few weeks ago--and reread it again the next day he liked it so much. So I figured I should probably see what the appeal was, and after reading, I have to say I get it.

Almost SuperJensen's book has a lot of humor, heart, and action, and if not everything is plausible, well, it's a super hero story.

In the Bailey family, everyone over the age of twelve gets their super power on February 29th at 4:23 p.m. So Rafter and Benny are eagerly awaiti
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Sara
An excellent concept. Perfect for book-talking. AA++ will definitely be book-talking for 3rd-5th graders for summer reading.

I really like the idea that just because you see yourself as a hero, other people might not. And that you should probably (view spoiler)

Cute, funny, fast-paced, surprising twists -- just over all entertaining and well done.
Erik This Kid Reviews Books
Every February 29th, members of the Bailey family (if you are legally part of the family (adopted, marriage, etc.), it counts too!) 12-years-old and older go through an amazing transformation. This year, at exactly 4:23PM (as always) on February 29th 13-year-old Rafter Bailey and his little brother, 12-year-old Benny Bailey will get their SUPER POWERS! You see the Baileys are a family of superheros. Rafter and Benny are excited to see what super powers they get. Will they fly like their dad? Be ...more
Sofia
Every February 29th, members of the Bailey family (if you are legally part of the family (adopted, marriage, etc.), it counts too!) 12-years-old and older go through an amazing transformation. This year, at exactly 4:23PM (as always) on February 29th 13-year-old Rafter Bailey and his little brother, 12-year-old Benny Bailey will get their SUPER POWERS! You see the Baileys are a family of superheros. Rafter and Benny are excited to see what super powers they get. Will they fly like their dad? Be ...more
Debra
I needed the lift and laughs in Almost Super. The Bailey are a superhero family - funny, loving and courageous. Rafter Bailey and his little brother Benny have been waiting for the day when they will get their superpowers, but their super powers aren't super at all, they are worthless.
The superhero Baileys think they defend their city from the villianous Johnson family. But Rafter has a nagging thought that something is not right. An encounter with Juanita of the Johnson family forces the bro
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Angus Manion
I read Almost super by marion Jensen. Almost super is about 2 families of superheros who both think that they are the good guys and there are 3 kids who are about to get their powers but the dont get real powers they get useless powers. And those kids are Rafter and Benny Bailey. The 3rd kid is part of the Johnson family and she also gets a useless power and that is Juanita and the 3 kids go on a mission to find out why they got useless powers and who is behind all of it. They will try to stop t ...more
Sarah
This book had me laughing all the way through! While it is absolutely hilarious, it also teaches a valuable lesson. I definitely recommend it as a teaching tool for children because it teaches about predjudice.
The Bailey's and the Johnson's both think that the other is a family of evil villains. They feud and do a lot of damage not only to each other, but also to their community, even destroying a priceless national treasure during a free-for-all! This shows how just much prejudice can hurt our
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Kate M
This was a great book! While I was reading it my love for "Almost Super" was as everlasting as the war between the Johnsons *shakes fist* and the Baileys *spit* right until the end!
Brandy Painter
Originally posted here at Random Musings of a Bibliophile.

Super hero books are always a lot of fun, and Almost Super by Marion Jensen is no exception.

Every Leap Year any Bailey that has turned 12 since the last Leap Year gets their super power. Because the Baileys are a family of Supers. This time its Rafter and his brother Benny's turn. On the much anticipated day, disaster strikes. Instead of getting amazing powers to help their family of supers fight crime, Rafter and Benny get silly ridiculo
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Carissa
I read this one to myself (really enjoyed it!) and then my son (4 years old) asked me to read it to him. I wasn't sure how much he'd enjoy it since there are no pictures and we haven't tried long chapter books with no pictures before, but it went surprisingly well! He begged me to read more each night (I usually agreed to three chapters and then my voice was too tired to continue... plus it was BEDTIME!), he laughed out loud at all the appropriate places, he talked about the story at other point ...more
Tami
I was excited to read Almost Super because I had read favorable reviews and it has a great premise: superhero family battling super villain family (although usually no one gets hurt because he superhero code is to defeat the villains--not injure or kill them) over generations. Then the newest generation (including our main character,Rafter Bailey) receives their powers...and they are "worthless." Hoping for super strength or speed the youngest generation receives abilities to unclog toilets and ...more
Hoover Public Library Kids and Teens
What makes a superhero? Is it the superpowers, or is it something greater?
Lauren
Tons of potential, mildly entertaining, and an ending that has some closure but is mostly set up for a sequel.

Rafter Bailey comes from a family of superheroes. He’s eagerly waited for the day when he’ll receive his own power and join the family business. When he does, it’s a total bust. In fact, all of the new “superheroes” have near useless powers. Rafter decides that the Bailey family’s arch nemeses, the villainous Johnson family, are behind this. So he begins to track fellow student Juanita J
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Christy
This is a wonderfully rollicking middle grade read is fresh, funny, and fast paced. I highly recommend it to kids and adults alike. It's a fun family read.

Savvy meets The Incredibles in this fresh, funny middle-grade debut about two brothers in a family of superheroes who must find a way to be heroic despite receiving powers that are total duds.

Each leap year, on February 29th, at 4:23 p.m., every member of the Bailey family over the age of twelve gets a superpower. No one knows why, and no one
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Kim McGee
The Not so Incredibles meets the Not so Incredibles in this superpowered adventure. Rafter Bailey and his younger brother have been waiting for the day when their superpowers are handed out and they can join the ranks of their superpower crime fighting family. That day comes and surprise! - they are given a dud power. Something is not right here and as they discover, the evil supervillian Johnson, might not be so bad after all. Together with the youngest Johnson, the three will find out what is ...more
Margot
Funny, action-packed, and smart. Boys and girls will both love Almost Super.
Anna
This book is perfect if you have an elementary-aged reluctant reader, particularly if they're a boy. As soon as my son heard one of the superpowers was the ability to turn an innie into an outie, he wanted to read it. The Baileys, a family of superheroes, have been fighting the Johnsons, the local supervillains, for as long as anyone can remember. Every leap day, anyone in either of the families over the age of 12 receives their powers. The story starts with brothers Rafter and Benny waiting to ...more
Karen Arendt
I really liked this book! The story kept me thinking and guessing! Rafter and Benny Bailey will come into their superpower on Feb. 29, and they are eager to know what it will be. Turns to to be a dud! As they cope with wimpy superpowers, they dissever that their arch-enemy, Juanita Johnson, seems to have all the superpowers! The Bailey's are committed to fighting evil, which means they are committed to fighting the Johnson's- the most villainous family in town. But, what if Rafter and Bailey wer ...more
Ms. Yingling
Benny and Rafter Bailey are all set to get their super powers on 29 Feburary, the day when their family always gets a power. They are especially happy, because the daughter of the rival family, the Johnsons, is making their lives at school hard. Unfortunately, they get really lame powers, but no one knows why. Both families claim to be the good side, and claim that the other side is the villianous one, but it's never clear who is correct. It turns out that Juanita has also gotten a lame power (s ...more
Diane
Rafter has visions of one day saving the day, of being a hero. And why not? He's a Bailey. And on every leap year at 4:23 pm, all Baileys who have turned twelve receive a super power. He and brother Benny are waiting for that fateful moment to arrive with family gathered around. But when the time finally comes, their powers aren't what they thought they would be. Benny discovers that his power is that he can change his belly button from and innie to and outie. And Rafter's power is the ability t ...more
Emily
Almost Super is Marion Jensen's debut novel. (A sequel is also already out.) And a worthy first novel it is. It's even up for a Whitney Award this year in the middle grade category!

Two families with superpowers, the Baileys and the Johnsons, live in the same town. The Baileys are the superheroes, defending all that is good and right and true. The Johnsons are the supervillians, constantly searching for ways to undermine the Baileys and all they stand for.

Or are they?

Almost Super focuses on broth
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Christiane
Rafter and his brother Benny are looking forward to the best night of their lives: they are about to get their superpowers and join their family in battling evil. Instead, they end up with the world’s worst “powers” and are determined to find out what has gone wrong, even when that means teaming up with the villainous daughter of their arch-enemies. This book is funny and full of action, but what I really liked is how it examines what it means to do the right thing, even when you are powerless.
Kristen
Rafter Bailey wants nothing more to be a super hero like the rest of his family, so when his super power is a super dud, he's disappointed that he's only Almost Super. Even more confusing is that the villainous Juanita Johnson swears she is a super hero too, not a villain. Rafter knows something is going on, he doesn't quite trust Juanita, but he may have to in order to figure out what is happening to his family. When both families lose their powers for more ridiculous ones, it's obvious there i ...more
Diamond
Thank you to Harper Collins for providing me an advanced reader copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review.

This was one of the best middle-grade books I've read in a long time. It was surprisingly funny (I wasn't expecting to laugh so hard!) and also just a really good story.

Almost Super starts off right away by being incredibly entertaining. We meet The Bailey family, who is a superhero family. Rafter Bailey is excited because he's about to receive his very own super power at approxi
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Out_of_Bounds Reading
This book was full of great characters. It reminds me why I enjoy middle grade books so much, even though I am not considered one.

Almost Super is about two families who have been fighting each other for years…and each family member has their own unique super power. Every leap year the children of the families, that are twelve and older, get a superpower. This includes both the Johnsons and Baileys’ families. However, this year something has changed. All the Bailey children got useless powers an
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Sarah (Head Stuck In A Book)
Almost Super by Marian Jensen is an action packed story with an extremely entertaining plot and equally intriguing characters.

February 29......4.23pm

It was meant to be the best day of brothers Rafter and Benny's life, this was the day they were both to come into their superhero powers, instead what they get is far from superhero like in any way.

With their dreams shattered of aiding their family in the fight against their arch-enemies the Johnson family, whom also have super powers and are the vi
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