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(Supers of Noble's Green #1)

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Superheroes soar in this promising debut—and they’re kids!

Twelve-year-old Daniel, the new kid in town, soon learns the truth about his nice—but odd—new friends: one can fly, another can turn invisible, yet another controls electricity. Incredible. The superkids use their powers to secretly do good in the town, but they’re haunted by the fact that the moment they turn thirt
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Hardcover, 277 pages
Published October 27th 2009 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2009)
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Lynn Crow for TeensReadToo.com

Daniel can't help noticing some of the kids in his new town are a little... unusual. The girl across the street sometimes moves faster than he can see. The school bully can throw kids twelve feet in the air. And his classmate, Eric, always seems to know where there's trouble.

After a near fatal fall, Daniel's friends let him in on their secret - they have superpowers. It's been happening in the town for generations, a fact carefully kept secret thanks to
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mRose
Oct 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone, bonne nagle :)
I absolutely loved this book. The prologue is a bit throwing, seems like the descriptive language got out of hand. Maybe a bit overboard, but once I got through it the writing was marvelous and very drawing. Even as an adult I found myself (my husband too) trying to figure out the mystery. My children 5 and 7 were quite intrigued by the story (although probably more appropriate for 9-13 yr olds). There are many twists that kept us engaged. Listened to this (audiobook) for quite a few hours while ...more
Sonya Wolfe
Dec 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The following is a Book Review that my 5th grade class helped me write:

It’s difficult enough moving to a new town! However, moving to a new town filled with mysterious kids, who are trying to hide superpowers, is exceptionally difficult!! Powerless is a science fiction story set in the town of Noble’s Green, the safest place on earth. It is written by Matthew Cody, and it pulls you into a mystery where you are always wondering - what will happen next?
The main character in this story is Daniel.
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Peter
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Of all the books I read in the year of 2017, the best book I read was Powerless by Matthew Cody. There were many other great books, like All the Answers by Kate Messner, The Maze Runner by James Dashner, Framed by James Ponti, and so many others. However, Powerless alone stood out to me.

The book Powerless by Matthew Cody is about a 12 year old boy, Daniel, who just into Noble's Green. Rather than being a perfectly normal town, Noble's Green turned out to hold people all under the age of 13 who
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Betsy
Dec 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
Superhero chapter books for kids. They're out there. Sure they are. Still, I kind of feel like the wizarding trend Harry Potter started sort of took the steam out of any superhero tales we might have been privy to. Generally speaking, if a kid has magical powers in a book then there's a lot of mysticism or magic surrounding the discovery. The plain old I-woke-up-and-could-lift-a-bus method of everyday powers is more popular in comics, but not so hot in written literature for young `uns. I do won ...more
Alexander E
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: third-nine-weeks
When Daniel Corrigan moves to Noble's Green, the "Safest Town on Earth" he finds out why it's the "Safest Town on Earth." Children, the "Supers of Noble's Green" protect the town. Wen the third rule, it all end at thirteen troubles Daniel, he uses his detective skills to uncover the secrets of how the kids of Noble's Green get powers, and how he can stop the Shroud from enforcing the third rule on his friends. Daniel learns that you don't have to have powers to be a hero. I liked this book becau ...more
Kay
4.5 This was so enjoyable and fun.

Yes, I'm a little bit of a sucker for superheroes, but this was especially novel since the main character Daniel is the only non-super in the book. The characters reminded me very much of Nightmares!, with the same formula for the smart but allergy ridden best friend, and tough and also smart girl best friend.

I'm interested to see how the kids will handle the responsibility of their powers, and learn more about/solve the mystery of Johnny Noble. I like Daniel
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Ken
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Pretty good. The idea of losing your memory along with your powers was pretty interesting.

Also, to future me: Since I finished this book, I finished all the BOB books!
It was very painful reading boring all the BOB books, but I made it. Now I can finally read what I want to read...
The entire list took me 4 months.
BluePhoenix
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
A decent detective story. There were a few good red herrings and plot twists.
Mrs.Shields
Nov 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Super hero enthusiasts will like this middle grade good vs evil book. My sons loved it. I was a little less enthralled.
Harrison Winslow
This is probably one of my favorite books. I loved how it was action packed and also a mystery. I also like the sense of humor in this book. This book does a good job keeping you on the edge of your seat. I would find myself wanting to read more and more trying to figure out who the bad guy is. I do think they could have ended it better though. The different twists in the story line are really well wrote. It´s also a cool story because you never really get a superhero story from the view of a pe ...more
Mason Delgado
Jan 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I just got done reading Powerless by Matthew Cody, which is a realistic fiction book. It was published in 2009. My protagonist name is Daniel he is twelve him and his family just moved to live with his grandma that isn't doing so well. In Daniels new school he meets some new friends, now these new friends aren't really normal. These friends have powers one flies one controls electricity and the other can go invisible. Daniel ends up getting powers but the twist is when you turn thirteen you lose ...more
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Chris’s Rating: 4 Stars
Daniel family moves to Noble’s Green to take care of his ailing grandmother. What awaits Daniel is nothing he could have expected. Being a logical Sherlockonian, he has a hard time accepting that the kids of Noble Green all seem to have superpowers…even with all of the evidence before him. But along with these powers come a set of strict rules, including the rule that powers end at age thirteen. On their thirteenth birthday those with powers completely f
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Pamela Kramer
Dec 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"Powerless" by Matthew Cody is an easy book to overlook. Superheroes -- been done before, especially for middle grade readers. But to overlook this little gem would be a mistake. Cody really takes what is not a novel idea and makes it his own.

Perhaps what makes the story so compelling to read is that the main character, Daniel, has no superpowers. He moves to a town where many of the kids his age (twelve) have really cool powers. Some can fly. Others are really strong. Some of the kids are good,
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Edward Wohlt
May 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was about a family who had just moved to noble Green to take care of their sick grandmother. The main character is Daniel, who is 12, and he meets some new friends at school and later finds out that they are some kind of superheroes. They each have different ability’s like controlling electricity, controlling water, and flying. However, they also loose there super powers when they change 13. So there new friend Daniel he helps them to take down the villain who steels there powers. Also ...more
Luke
Oct 06, 2015 added it
Tittle: Powerless

Author: Matthew Cody

Summary: New kid Daniel is moving to a new neighborhood. He has met a big group that he is now friends with. HE discovered that these kids of secret super powers. Daniel is not like them so he is trying to help them figure out why they lose their powers when they are 13. Will Daniel figure out and save the hero?

2 Characters: Daniel is very risk taking. He has been in a few battle with the super hero's. He has got injured once by break his arm after falling of
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Robert  Nochez
Feb 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"Powerless" by Matthew Cody, tells a story of an ordinary boy named Daniel in a whole new world. Since he is new to the town this adds excitement to the story, as he discovers basically everything. The biggest discovery he finds, is that each and every one of his friends has a super power. But even though they have things that people dream of, they can't keep them forever, as each person looses their power on their thirteenth birthday. Though everyone knows about this, they all do not know how i ...more
Jamie Lau
Feb 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
The book Powerless by Matthew Cody was recommended to me by a friend of mine, who thoroughly enjoyed it. I don't normally like to take recommendations, but I thought I would give this book the benefit of the doubt. I am glad that I did, since the story was actually really well written. The story starts off with a 12 year old named Daniel, who moves into a new town. Although everyone is generally nice and treats him well, Daniel knows that there is something off about his new home. Matthew Cody w ...more
Nathan Ruhde
Nov 03, 2011 rated it liked it
I thought at first the book was a little confusing with it's indirect characterization on Michael. After that, the story settles in to be pretty good. I had a Skype session with the author of this bok, Matthew Cody, and he said when asked of if a sequel was to arise, he said, "I'm going to let you in on a secret. I just finished the manuscript for the sequel, Super, the other day and my editor e-mailed me a picture of the cover. It is to come out in Fall 2012, so stick around to read the sequel. ...more
Michele Knott
What a fantastic read! I think kids of all ages will enjoy this book, but particularly boys.
Daniel has just moved to Noble's Green and very quickly he finds his new friends all have special super powers. But before he can get used to them having these powers, he discovers that his friends all lose their powers on their 13th birthdays. Why does this happen? They set up a plan to find the answer but then discover they are up against something that is so much powerful - The Shroud!
This is a great b
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Weller C.
Jan 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Grade?interest lv: 3rd+
Genre: Fiction
Lexile: 640
Settings: Mt. Nobel/Witch Fire Mountain, school, observitory, treehouse.
Main Characters: Louisa, Rose, Eric, Bud, Clay, Mollie, Simon, Rohan.
POV: 3rd person

Daniel moves to the town of Noble's Green. He starts to notice some of the kids there are way stronger than they should be or faster. He catches on to their secret and before longs has befriended a group of super-children. But is the sinister secret of rule #3 even more dangerous than being supe
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Shaeley Santiago
Engaging story about kids with super powers that they lose at age 13. When the "New Kid" comes to town, he uses his "Sherlock-Holmes-style detective powers" to help them figure out how to keep their powers beyond their 13th birthdays.

Some similarities between this book and Michael Carroll's The Awakening, although Powerless is better suited for younger readers.
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Laura
May 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Yet another reminder to appreciate what you have while you have it. This novel combines mystery with fantasy in a somewhat suspenseful story of how Daniel, the protagonist, is powerless in a community of kids with super powers. After wishing he were more like them, he comes to realize that he is the only one who can help them discover why they are losing their super powers. The characters are solid and the story moves quickly enough that I think kids will like it.
Colby L
Oct 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book kept me wanting to read more and more of it. But I wish it had a better ending. This book is about a normal boy, who comes to live with his grandma, in normal town. Or so he thought. It turns out that a few kids in his "normal" neighborhood have superpowers. But once they turn 13 they lose their superpowers, and have no memories of ever having superpowers. This is a really good book and I would recommend Powerless to anyone who likes mysteries. ...more
Teri Smith
Aug 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
On a recommendation of a friend, my husband read this book, then passed it to my son, who devoured it in two evenings. They both enjoyed it, and I wanted in on the fun. I quickly became invested in the characters' struggles and couldn't wait to see what happened next. I'm looking forward to the sequel, once Jesse is done with it! ...more
Cherie
Jul 27, 2012 rated it liked it
Young adult book about a town of kids with super powers that they lose on their 13th birthday. I liked this book because it is different. In a sea of so many predictable books written for young adults, this one is definitely one that stands out.
Jesse Smith
May 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best books that I have read this year. After reading it, I passed it to my son who read it, and then my wife read it. We all thought that it was a great read. Full of suspense, plot twists and just plain fun.
noelle
Sep 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Powerless is amazing. What really annoys me in books that are about people with magical powers is hat the people like NEVER use their powers. What's cool about Powerless is that the kids have fun with their powers and use them for leisure every day. ...more
Kimberly
Mar 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids, scifi
Josh and Brianna had read this series and really loved it so I decided to join them in the fun. I love being able to discuss the things they are reading with them. This was a cute book where the new kid in town is the only one of his new friends that doesn't have powers. ...more
Josh Newhouse
Jan 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
weakest part was cover... a little predictable but a great superhero fantasy with an interesting twist or two...
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Originally from the Midwest, Matthew Cody now lives in New York City with his wife and son. When not writing books or goofing off with his family, he teaches creative writing to kids of all ages.

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