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The Hero Revealed

(The Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Boy #1)

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In Superopolis everyone has a superpower! Well…almost everyone. Meet Ordinary Boy.

In a town where everyone is a superhero, what if you were the only person with no superpowers at all?

Welcome to the life of Ordinary Boy. He’s...well, he’s pretty much exactly as his name suggests. But things are not so super in Superopolis these days, with the evil Professor Brain-Drain on t
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published May 30th 2006 by HarperCollins
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Chris
May 08, 2008 rated it liked it
I wasn’t that impressed with the first one, The Hero Revealed, but it was good enough that I read the second one. I thought The Return of Meteor Boy? had a stronger, more interesting plot and enjoyed it quite a bit. Ordinary Boy lives in Superopolis, a city where everyone is born with a super power. Well, everyone but him. But since most of the super powers are fairly worthless and most of the citizens are fairly dense, Ordinary Boy holds his own quite well and makes for a good protagonist. He d ...more
Marina
Jun 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Just finished this book with my 8 year old son. Any book that engages my kid as much as this one did deserves 5 stars. I do rate books I read for myself quite differently. He is a strong reader but this book mostly I read to him. It would not be to challenging for him, but I guess he wanted it to be our joint road trip. It is a solid chapter book with quite a few illustrations. The plot is fast and engaging. Any child likes superheroes and this book is loaded with them. The nice part I think is ...more
holliehocks
Dec 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Actual rating: 4.25
Link to full review here.

As this is a children's book, I'm not going to touch on the synopsis here since it's pretty straightforward (and also done on the review linked above). However, I do want to mention that this was my second time reading this book. I am now beyond the age that this book was intended for, but I did read this book in elementary school. Even looking on it now though, I understand why I enjoyed this book so much as a kid. It's fast-paced, filled with humor t
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Deechjp
Dec 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
My 8-year old (he is an advanced reader) read this book and LOVED it. I had a look myself, and now I'm hooked as well. My son is almost finished with book 2, which he said is even better. My son prefers humorous books. His favorites are the Bone series by Jeff Smith and the Big Nate series by Lincoln Peirce. He tends to be picky about what he reads, and it's difficult to find something that will excite him. He became very enthusiastic about this series. It's well-paced and exciting. The humor is ...more
Betsy
Dec 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Perhaps super hero fans would emit this book. It was cute but I didn’t really get into it
Leslie George
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great kids book!
Ellen
Nov 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
Superheroes, crime fighting, action, adventure, plot driven, illustrations throughout
John Barclay
Apr 16, 2018 rated it liked it
A fun little book. A bit too much of a goofy premise, but fun for what it's about. I liked the fact that the protagonist is clearly brilliant and a natural leader but not recognized for it.
Chris
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: boy-book, fantasy, humor, illbs
Ordinary Boy is the only resident of Superopolis, a city of heroes, who doesn't have superpowers. He is part of the Junior Leaguers team that includes Halogen Boy, whose glowing ability depends on his consumption of apple juice; Plasma Girl, who can transform into a jellylike substance; and Stench, notable for passing overpowering gas. Ordinary Boy's personal hero is the Amazing Indestructo, the self-proclaimed greatest hero of Superopolis, who is the leader of the League of Ultimate Goodness. W ...more
Alan Figueroa
***SPOILER ALERT*** In Superopolis everyone has a power. Everyone except one kid. I really like this book. This book is about a boy that is different from everyone else. He does not have a super power. The genre is adventure and humorous.

This book takes place in Superopolis City. In this city everyone has a unique super power. This kid named Ordinary Boy (O Boy) has no power. He thinks it's because his dad Thermo is fire and his mother is ice they canceled each other out and he was left with no
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Mary
Feb 24, 2017 added it
Shelves: edu245
Boniface, William. The Hero Revealed: The Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Boy #1. Illus. Stephen Gilpin. Harper Collins, 2006.

This is a novel-length story with added visual elements, which would appeal to its intended audience: middle grade and tween readers who are interested in superhero adventure stories. Boniface plays with and subverts superhero tropes to create an enjoyable narrative, and the liberal use of illustrations, excerpts from the "Little Hero's Handbook," and cliffhanger cha
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Heidi
Jun 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Grades 3rd-5th
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Jackie
Jan 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
The classic good vs. evil story, except this time the whole town is full of superheroes...that is, of course, all but Ordinary Boy. The Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Boy, Book 1: The Hero Revealed is full of good old-fashioned fight-to-the-finish, rescues-just-in-the-nick-of-time kind of adventures. Ordinary Boy is just that...ordinary, yet he does have some powers, although they aren't recognized as such by his parents and himself. He thinks things through, logically puts them in order, ...more
Erica
Apr 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
This is a great juvenile fiction book for all those young boys into super hero comics or just looking for a good, humorous read. Ordinary boy is the only person in Superopolis without a super power, but that doesn't stop him from forming a junior crime-fighting league with his friends. What I love about this book is that even though he's the only one without super-powers he ends up being the de-facto leader of the group and gets them out of many sticky situations by using his intelligence. They ...more
Johnd014
Nov 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2nd-trimester
The book Ordinary boy is a great book. It is about this kid named Ordinary boy who is trying to find the 3 professor brain drain cards. The reason why Ordinary boy got his name is because his father Thermo makes fire and his mom snowflake makes ice, so their powers must have cancelled each other out. So Ordinary boy and his friends Stench, Halogen,Plasma girl, and Tadpole are finding the Professor brain drain cards. Well first they thought it was just a gimmick because the person who comes up wi ...more
Chak
Jan 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kid
Great book for a 10 -14 year old (we read it to our 7 year old). Ordinary boy is the only person in Superopolis who doesn't have a super power, but he manages to tie all the pieces together to solve a mystery and thwart a bad guy. PLOT BONUS: there's a great lesson in supply and demand in the story!

NOTE: I originally had the ages of 7-12 for this book, but I changed it after reading the next book in this series (Book 2: The Return of Meteor Boy?). Not to reveal any spoilers, but there are scien
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babyhippoface
Aug 15, 2007 rated it it was amazing
In a town full of superheroes--literally--O.B. (short for “Ordinary Boy”, since he is the only person in town without some sort of superpower) displays plenty of brain power as he, his friends, and his personal hero, The Amazing Indestructo, work to uncover the evil Professor Brain Drain’s plot to destroy the city. Everything about this novel is appealing, from the gray-scale cartoon illustrations to the action- and humor-packed plot. The tantalizing opportunity to look inside a town full of peo ...more
Camille Stanford
May 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
A city where all the citizens have super powers and wearing costumes around town is a regular occurance. This is Superopolis, home to the Amazing Indestructo and the League of Ultimate Goodness.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book,and though in the beginning I was annoyed at times by the comic book atmosphere (Cheesy clique lines get to me especially in the superhero genre), I loved the characters. The point of view is from a boy named Ordinary Boy (in Superopolis it is common for everyone to have a
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Justin G
May 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My character report is about Ordinary Boy, and yes that's his real name. In a world of superheroes he has no powers but is very keen in intelligence. He is a brown haired kid that has a sense of adventure and always wants a super power. Also, he carries a little book around called The Little Heroes Handbook that has all the secrets of Superopolis.

Ordinary Boy is having a very interesting time because at first he is trying to collect a rare collector card of a villain. Later in the story the vill
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Medford Children's Library
May 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
SPECIAL REVIEWER: ALEX SANTOS

The Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Boy is a great book for anyone who likes to read about a smart kid facing a lot of problems. This book is also great for kids who like to read about superheroes.
The Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Boy is about a kid named Ordinary Boy and he lives in a town where everyone has superpowers, and nobody knows why. But the problem for Ordinary Boy is that everybody has superpowers except him. Ordinary Boy thinks that the best
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Corinna
Feb 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Corinna by: Maud Hart Lovelace Award Nominee
This is a Maud Hart Lovelace Division 1 nominee, and I read it aloud at bedtime. We loved this book. It's fun and a little bit different. The illustrations and style add a lot, and my kids thought it was interesting having a city in which everyone has a superpower. This book deals with some surprising ideas such as supply and demand, breach of contract and the underhanded things a hero might do to protect his image. There is a good measure of silliness thrown in as well - the main villain wears ...more
Alex Cybulski
Jul 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was a real fun surprise. Ordinary Boy (OB) is the only person without a power in a city full of people who all have superpowers. In fact, having a power is so central to their identities that they are named for them (Snowflake, Thermal, the Amazing Indestructo, Stench, etc...). Not all the powers are impressive or useful (such as Spaghetti Man's amazing power to create cooked noodles) but they are still powers.

The actual plot centers around the release of a set of trading cards featuring Th
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Anubhav
Nov 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book is fiction. I stumbled upon it as I was bored and wanted something to read. It was a good book. Though it was a little childish it was still entertaining. The book is about a kid in a town called Superpolis. Everybody has superpowers except him in the whole city. Everybody has their own tights and suit with their logo on it. Him and his group of friends love the best crime fighting league in the town, The League of Ultimate Goodness. Al, the league's leader is indestructible. He just m ...more
YouthServices MattesonPublicLibrary
Jun 30, 2011 added it
Recommended to YouthServices by: T.J. Whitfield
Some of the things I find interesting about it is that it gives the facts on some of the heroes in the novel, it has a great plot, and the main character is ordinary, but the book is certainly opposite. I also recommend the second and third one, The Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Boy, Book 2: The Return of Meteor Boy? and Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Boy, Book 3: The Great Powers Outage.
Collin Kiesow
Oct 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
'The Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Boy' is a childhood favorite of mine. It's filled with humor and adventure as the one boy with no superpowers narrates his life living in a world where everyone else has superpowers. The characters were funny and most importantly flawed. Even though the main characters have "sidekick-level" superpowers, each of them are special in their own right. The book explores the life of a kid who feels literally powerless, but his friends are always there to help ...more
Jennifer Priester
I wasn't sure about this book at first because I really like stories about superheroes but this book isn't focused on the superheros in this book, instead it focuses on an ordinary kid with no superpowers. I ended up really enjoying this book and since then have gone on to read the next two in this series. Because I did this I feel I should warn in my review that this series should be read in order, otherwise you will read too many spoilers of the previous book in the next ones. For example: boo ...more
Sherry
Good pacing for readers who are not used to reading large novels - slow, then builds. It's a little like a comic book in that it uses full page illustrations, sans color, to introduce characters' bios. Not a complicated plot by any means, but a fun, light read for reluctant readers, despite the number of pages. Boys will take to this immediately. I wish it didn't glorify junk food (the potato chip diet they all adhere to), and OB's dad is not quite smart enough to make him a competent dad - if t ...more
Donna
This series is kind of, sort of brilliant.

William Boniface tells a story that is a combination of mundane childhood adventures, cartoony humor, mystery, intrigue, and silly super hero action; all while teaching practical lessons (such as the concept of "supply and demand") in a fun and entertaining way!
He also manages to write a novel series that feels like a cartoon (without using a "Wimpy Kid"-esque style), which is something that I as a writer always consider quite a feat.

The only reason I'm
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John Pristina801
Oct 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
Have you felt different, unwanted, yet loved?

Have you ever had to just give up your hopes and just go with reality?

Ordinary Boy was alone yet had friends

Yet when it came to save the day, being ordinary yet smart was what saved everyone.

This is the meaning of you don't need super powers to be a hero.

Sometimes just using your brain to its fullest is all you can do.

But if he would of just sat there sad that he didnt have powers and was jealous of everyone,

Then he really would of been the wo
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Judy
Feb 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Chldren in grades 3 through 6
In Superopolis, where everyone has one, and only one, unique superpower, Ordinary Boy was born with no obvious superpower. He deals with this misfortune in a mature way, while at the same time trying to boost his father's ego, which is sagging as he ages. Part of the fun lies in seeing how ineffectual many of the superpowers are by themselves, while teamwork results in an unstoppable force for good. A sub-plot delves into the basic economic principle of supply vs. demand. The story would make a ...more
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William Boniface may or may not exist. Ordinary Boy, after all, tells his own story. Mr. Boniface could simply be a creation of the publisher in order to fulfill the requirement that an author be listed on the cover of this book. Given that possibility, there is no harm in revealing that Mr. Boniface has lent his name to over two dozen far less wordy children's books that were also in need of an a ...more

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The Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Boy (3 books)
  • The Return of Meteor Boy? (The Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Boy, #2)
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