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The Adventures of Blue Avenger

(Blue Avenger #1)

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  375 ratings  ·  57 reviews
On his sixteenth birthday, David Schumacher changes his name to Blue Avenger. . .

And things start to happen. Within twenty-four hours, David becomes a national hero, starts dating an extraordinary girl named Omaha Nebraska Brown, and bakes an imperfect pie. And that's not all. A tiny sow bug is injured by a lawn mower, some killer bees make their home at San Pa
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Paperback, 240 pages
Published August 8th 2000 by HarperTeen (first published 1999)
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Julie
May 24, 2009 rated it it was ok
Boy loses father. Boy changes name to Blue Avenger, his own created comic book character. Boy tries to be hero whenever possible. Boy meets girl. Girl has past. Boy earns her trust and likes her anyway. I wanted to like "Blue Avenger," especially since it takes on one of my favorite themes and discussions--fate versus free will--but ultimately, the writing style left it all too superficial for my taste. The writing style is breezy and amusing, which makes it a fun and fast read, but upon finishi ...more
Mowai
Jun 30, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Ok, so i liked this book so much, i gave it away and I bought another copy. I have not done that before. But this is a great read for teens and up. About a quirky kid and how he deals with the various things that are tossed at him. Example: His relationship with his younger bro, his mom, completion, school, social status quos, and even sex. So it's a G rated book but one that deals with issues that I thought everyone goes through. Highly enjoyed it and I still remember it as one of the most enjo ...more
Carly
Apr 07, 2007 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: those who like quirky philosophy books
This is the weirdest book ever. The writing is intriguing and unique, but not necessarily great. The characters are odd, and the book is aimless. It's a book that you finish and then your first thought is, "where's the rest?"

WEIRD WEIRD WEIRD.

Also, a little too much questioning of free will and philosophy talk for my tastes.
Rachael
What? No one else has read this book? But... it is so awesome!
John
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Read this book when I was in sixth grade and loved it. Recently re read it about 16 years later, and I like it a bit less, but it’s still interesting. The philosophy parts about whether humans have free will or not, an always an interesting debate, are well discussed, and the teenage relationships parts are well written. However, some of the ideas are sort of naive in my opinion, (mostly the gun control and bullet issue) Granted it was written for a much younger audience, but it is still a fun r ...more
Jazlyn
May 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
nearly horrid.
May
May 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fast read. Tries to deal with a good subject but the tone and the way its written just makes it hard to come across. Its an alright book
Trey Kennedy
Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels, ya
This was a fun and quirky book about a boy who decides to change his name and the bravery and heroism that follows. It also has interesting thoughts on gun control.
Willie Maes
Oct 11, 2015 rated it really liked it

Norma Howe’s “The Adventures of Blue Avenger” fascinated me with its comical yet pleasing action book that allowed me to enjoy this book. A huge reason I decided to read this particular book is that I'm a huge fan of superheroes and when i found this book it was an instant read.


This book main character, David Schumacher ,is a character that I can believe is real. This book does a great job of portraying him as an adventurous kid just trying to make a difference. You can tell while you're readin
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Hannah Givens
Andromeda Stories is a three-volume manga by the author of To Terra..., Vol. 1. It's basically To Terra only good, and 300 pages shorter.

Where To Terra was a sci-fi story with fantasy workings, this is a fantasy story with sci-fi workings. The setting is the planet? star system? Andromeda, where they have dragon cavalry (awesome!) and a high-fantasy social structure, but advanced technology everywhere you might imagine magic. And where you might have an evil demon army, you have an evi
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Rebecca
May 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
David Schumacher has always been interested in the question of free will. One day he decides--or does he?--to change his name to Blue Avenger, the name of the superhero he created as a kid, after his father died. When David becomes Blue Avenger, his life changes. He has more confidence, speaks out, and acts for the greater good, from saving the school principal from a swarm of bees to creating the perfect, weepless lemon meringue pie. Most of all, he helps newcomer Omaha Nebraska Brown, who is d ...more
Steven
Jul 20, 2008 rated it liked it
Simply put, the Adventures of Blue Avenger relates the story of a teenager who wakes up one morning and decides to change his name from the mundane to the adventurous, "Blue Avenger," of course, being his name of choice. What follows are his adventures as he find the confidence he previously lacked. Throughout the narrative, the author explores existentialism and free will by lining up extraordinary coincidences and guiding them through their outcomes. A lot of it feels similar to Douglas Adams' ...more
Adam
Feb 08, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: light-humor, teen
Howe introduces several subplots that slowly work themselves together and finally mesh in the very end. The main character, David (The Blue Avenger) and Omaha Brown are introduced in the outset of the novel with, at times light hearted, but powerfully sorrowful start. The plot slowly turns as David takes on a new identity and sets out to accomplish his life goals. Howe does a masterful job of not only mixing sorrow/sweet with enough action to keep even a tough guy :) like me reading, but does a ...more
Diane
Dec 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The day David Schumacher turns 16, he decides to ease the pain of his father's death by legally changing his name to Blue Avenger, after a comic book hero he created when he was 13. Armed with his new identity, David hopes to abolish handguns, win the love of Omaha Nebraska Brown (the new girl at school), and create the first guaranteed weepless lemon meringue pie. He also wouldn't mind discovering the answer to the mystery of all mysteries: "Are we truly the masters of our fate or merely actors on a st ...more
Ryk Stanton
Feb 06, 2014 rated it liked it
This book is mostly notable for its authorial voice, which is somewhat unique, especially for YA fiction. This is the story of a teenager who changes his name to Blue Avenger and somehow become a force for goodness without actually being a superhero. The voice, however is told as if the narrator were telling the story of a superhero in a pulp-era voice narrative. You know the voice that you hear at the end of the old Batman TV series, the one that advised you to turn in to the same bat-time, sam ...more
vaugnfreech
Mar 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
This genre of books is what I love lately: coming of age. Maybe because I missed so much of my life on those years (after exerting so much in academics). So I wanna relive my life by reading stories of boys at these ages.

The Adventures of the Blue Avenger is a tale of a nobody…a boy who is having delusions of being a superhero the next day by just changing his name to whatnot. It turned out that his delusions were in effect and in time made himself a local superhero.

He he
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Brian
Sep 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: teenagers
Recommended to Brian by: my brother
This book has a very unique theme.It is really meant for teenagers who have a intersest in complicated things.David the main character has a very complicated mind.He and this girl have always had a question they wanted 2 prove in life.They question was "Do we actually have choices in life?"Or our every thought and action the necessary result of the physical law of the universe?"At fist they barley know eachother but in the end they realize they love eachother.This story has a very interesting e ...more
Ali
Jun 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Okay, so this is cheating a little bit because even though I read this book in 7th grade for the first time, I re-read it again today and I'm counting it in my total number of books that I've read this year.

But since I rarely re-read books anymore, I think it counts.

Also, this book is just plain awesome. Normal 16-year-old boy named David changes his name to Blue Avenger and suddenly starts to fulfill his destiny (but did he ever have a choice otherwise?, the book asks).
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Elisabeth
Oct 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Blue helps clear a friend's acne problem and thus improve the friend's self esteem, steps in to smooth out a potential crisis involving freedom of speech, inaugurates a peaceful solution for gun control, finds love, and discovers the secret to making a non-weeping lemon meringue pie. All this begins with his 16th birthday, which is the day David Schumacher changes his name to Blue Avenger. It has been several years since I first read the book, but I still found it to be pure joy and a highly sop ...more
Beth
Jan 03, 2010 rated it liked it
A boy who becomes the superhero character he invented is actually treated as one in his very forgiving high school. Blue saves the student newspaper, invents a perfect weepless mereguine pie, and lands the girl of his dreams in this silly-yet-sophisticated novel about free will.

In spite of the charm, humor, and willingness to discuss issues, I couldn't suspend my disbelief to believe that a teen who attends school with a towel tied around his neck wouldn't be harassed to tears by peers, but old
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Thomas Moore
Apr 08, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen-and-tween, humor
This book is a fresh look into the life of one courageous boy who decided to change his name to Blue Avenger and begin to improve the world around him. As he sets off on his quest he begins to gain more and more confidence and it is amazing what he is able to accomplish when he puts his mind to it. This book stands out for me because of its creative story, its fresh characters and that it is written in such a positive and uplifting way. Yes there is tragedy, but you get the feeling that everythi ...more
Lori
Apr 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book is incredible and was one of the first books I ever read (not counting R.L. Stine). The main character is a high school boy who draws comics. He changes his life by changing his name to Blue Avenger-the subject of his comics. The tangents and parallel stories are used effectively by Howe in creating and entertaining and informative read. You will learn a lot of little bits of random trivia upon completion of this first book in a trilogy about Blue Avenger. I really adore her style, it ...more
Ashley
Apr 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
An excellent exploration of fate/free will, with discourses on vulgarities, gun control, and free speech... all packed into a wildly inventive story you will not want to put down. Howe's writing style is expansive, opinionated, and extremely quirky. Despite Blue Avenger's tendency to get into high-tension areas of discourse, I rarely felt preached to. There are some problems with the book (linear characters, solutions that simply don't hold universally, etc.) but the charm of Blue's philosophic ...more
Vicki
Jan 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
It's a really remarkable feat, this book -- it reads like a comic book, and yet it's all text. Who can pull that off?! Really cool.

Blue Avenger wants to do good in the world, and he wants to do his best by everybody. One of the book's big questions is free will -- do we have it or not? Are people destined to do good, while others are destined to do bad? It's all couched in a really fun, interesting and creative way. Blue Avenger makes himself into a superhero -- or was that his desti
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Sol
Sep 26, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Irvington Public Library Teens
Instead of just drawing a comic book superhero, on his 16th birthday, David decides he'll become one. He puts on dad's fishing vest (dad died) and changes his name to Blue Avenger. David isn't crazy, he just wants to feel like a superhero and save the day. If you want a fantasy book or something violent, this is not it. If you want to smile and enjoy something different, try this book for grades 8 and up. First in the Blue Avenger series. -- Steve Fondiller, Teen Librarian.
J.
Jul 21, 2009 rated it it was ok
There are parts of the narrative voice that are truly inspired (mostly when she's talking about time), but Howe has no talent for dialogue, here. I got 75 pages in before I finally just had to abandon ship. And considering this is a book intimately concerned with superhero-dom (and knowing how much I love that subject), you can imagine how bad the dialogue and 2/3 of the narrative voice are. Go get "Quantum Prophecy," instead.
Kevin Lai
Nov 08, 2007 rated it really liked it
It wasn't bad but it wasn't so great as well. The language used makes light of the situations which range from drugs and alcohol to sex and language. Although the book was written to humor the reader, the underlying theme of dealing with the problems of being a teenager makes itself clear throughout the text.
Isaiah
Feb 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book was a little weird for me because it starts out with a bunch of information about sperm.. then it goes along to a simple boy changing his name to the blue avenger. but as i went along i began to notice how each character spoke was very unique and even if it was a plain story about some kid going on a road trip with his girlfriend it meant a lot more.
Heather Rindlisbacher
Sep 29, 2008 rated it it was ok
I gave this book two stars, simply because the underlying theme of freedom vs. fate is worth consideration. Unfortunately, the story line was overwhelming and there was no sense of flow whatsoever. The book also was excessively crude, there are ways to relate to teens without constantly using references to sex and vulgarities. Not one I would suggest as a top teen read.
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