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Almost Super (Almost Super #1)

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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
Jan 21, 2014 Cory Webb rated it it was amazing
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 it was amazing
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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Bridget Stout
Sep 21, 2015 Bridget Stout rated it it was amazing
This book was really fun to read and it is really funny! This book is about how the Bailey family gets super powers after they turn twelve on leap day. Some of them got special powers to make them so that they could fly, have super strength, super speed, or were extremely smart. There were a lot of other powers too. You would not need super hero's without super villains, so that also meant that the super villains the Johnson's did also. Then one leap day, Rafter and his younger brother Benny wer ...more
Yifeng Zhang
Jul 19, 2015 Yifeng Zhang rated it really liked it
Almost SuperAlmost Super by Marion Jensen

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


When you think about it this book is crazy.
But its still great.
This book is about a young group of three kids who get faulty powers whose family's are supposed to get awesome powers. They soon find out someone named October Jones has been tricking their families into fighting to distract them so he could eventually take away their powers and then he could rise and become the superhero of the world. Will he succeed or will these three kids and
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Rosalyn Eves
Feb 16, 2015 Rosalyn Eves rated it really liked it
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
Apr 04, 2014 Erik This Kid Reviews Books rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 28, 2014 Sofia rated it really liked it
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
Nov 30, 2014 Debra rated it really liked it
Shelves: juvenile, humor, fiction
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
Jan 26, 2015 Angus Manion rated it really liked it
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
May 19, 2014 Sarah rated it really liked it
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
Feb 27, 2014 Kate M rated it really liked it
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!
Virginia

Everyone in the Bailey family is a "Super", as in "Superhero". Every 4 years on Leap Day, the family members who have passed the magic age of twelve in the past four years magically receive their super power at 4:23 p.m. It is finally time for Rafter Bailey (age 13) and Benny Bailey (age 12) to receive their powers. Of course this is a moment of great excitement and expectation...until it happens. Much to Rafter's and Benny's horror, the "super" powers they receive are anything but super. Not on

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Brandy Painter
Nov 01, 2014 Brandy Painter rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, middle-grade
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
Jan 28, 2015 Carissa rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 14, 2014 Tami rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy-scifi, humor
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
Mar 10, 2015 Lauren rated it liked it
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
Jan 15, 2014 Christy rated it it was amazing
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
...more
Yapha
Oct 02, 2015 Yapha rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, children-s
Rafter and his younger brother Benny have been waiting years to receive their superpowers, just like all Baileys receive on the leap day after their twelfth birthday. But when they finally come, it is nothing but a huge disappointment. Unable to take their rightful part in their crime-fighting superfamily, Rafter and Benny set out to find answers. But first they must protect themselves from their middle school classmate, Juanita Johnson, part of the supervillianous Johnson family. It is while ta ...more
Kim McGee
Jan 27, 2014 Kim McGee rated it really liked it
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
Jan 14, 2014 Margot rated it it was amazing
Funny, action-packed, and smart. Boys and girls will both love Almost Super.
Anna
Jan 13, 2014 Anna rated it really liked it
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
Mar 03, 2014 Karen Arendt rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 23, 2014 Ms. Yingling rated it liked it
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
Apr 05, 2015 Diane rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
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
May 14, 2015 Emily rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, juvenile
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
Jun 22, 2014 Christiane rated it really liked it
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.
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