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4.03  ·  Rating details ·  1,250 ratings  ·  224 reviews
Batman has Robin, Wonder Woman has Wonder Girl, and Phantom Justice has Bright Boy, a.k.a. Scott Hutchinson, an ordinary schoolkid by day and a superfast, superstrong sidekick by night, fighting loyally next to his hero. 

But after an embarrassing incident involving his too-tight spandex costume, plus some signs that Phantom Justice may not be the good guy he pretends to be
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published May 1st 2011 by Harry N. Abrams
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Tommy Hancock
Jun 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is my surprise love of 2015 so far(meaning something I knew nothing about and had low hopes for), and I doubt if that will change by New Years.

I expected a fun superhero read: I got that.
I expected something lighthearted and kid friendly: I got about 30% of that.

If I had to criticize anything about the book it's be the cover. Not because I dislike it. I love it, as far as art goes. But I think a lot of the people who would love this story will pass it over thinking it's going to be too kidd
I loved it! I don't read too many books intended for the under 12 audience. I would never have heard of this one, much less picked it up to read, if not for a fellow GR reader review that caught my attention.

I would categorize this as YA PNR since I know the middle school crowd reads those as well. That way, adults might also take an interest. I barely put the book down once I started reading it. It grabbed me from the very beginning and took me on a whirlwind of action, teenage angst, and betra
Leigh Collazo
Mar 18, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
6-word summary: Shy teen superhero falls for archnemesis.

Summary:After an embarrassing super-sidekick wardrobe malfunction, Bright Boy (a.k.a. student Scott Hutchinson) begins to question the motives of his superhero partner, rethinks an old enemy, and prepares to step out on his own.

The Good: I definitely think the tween set will like this one. It has numerous martial arts fight scenes, criminal masterminds, betrayal, secret identities, and first love. It is easy to read and moves fairly quickl
Sean Ryan
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The theme of this book is to trust others. If Scott hadn't trusted other people throughout this book he would have died. If Scott hadn't listened to Jake and ran away from Phantom Justice when they were fighting, Scott would have died. If Scott hadn't trusted Monkey Wrench they would never have become allies and they would never have exposed Phantom Justices plan to the public.
Jun 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
My sister and I just recently picked up some arcs, and Sidekicks was one of them. Masked by a couple young adult novels, I definitely was expecting it to be more of a sidekick (no pun intended) to what I thought would the "better" books. I was so wrong. I picked it up after one of said "better" books disgusted me so much I had to put it down (Misfit, see my review).Thinking I'd just start it quickly and then go to bed, I was totally unprepared for the kick Sidekicks had. It was amazing! The main ...more
Nov 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
I put off reading this book because, being about superheroes, I suspected that it was totally a GUY book. Fantasy is not my favorite genre either, but my Mock Newbery guys loved it so much (and the girls are starting to weigh in positively too) that I knew I HAD to read it. WOW!! I was immediately drawn into this amazing adventure of modern kids, Scott and Allison, who are typical middle schoolers by day and Bright Boy and Monkeywrench, sidekicks of the warring Phantom Justice and Doctor Chaotic ...more
May 01, 2011 rated it liked it
Why is it so difficult to write a good superhero novel? There must be dozens out there but most of them are like Ferraiolo's Sidekicks. Which is it to say, they don't quite make the grade. Scott Hutchinson has been a plus/plus (super speed and super strength) for years. Posing as Bright Boy, the sidekick to Phantom Justice, Scott's never had a problem with his job or his employer until an embarrassing moment with his yellow tights and a pretty lady end up on all the news channels. Determined to ...more
Jul 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Do you think being a sidekick to a superhero sounds like the best job ever? If you answered the question (any answer will do), then this book is for you. Scott aka “Bright Boy” has been a sidekick for Phantom Justice aka Trent (his mentor and adopted dad) since he was 7. Unfortunately Scott is starting to outgrow his sidekick status, and he has definitely outgrown his tights. Since an awkward incident involving the aforementioned tights made ‘Bright Boy’ a laughingstock, Scott has started to ret ...more
Josh Newhouse
Apr 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Tough book to review. Very wellwritten just like The Big Splash, fun, dark and twisty, managing to surprise me a couple of times which is not always easy...

However, be warned that nearly the first 100 pages are preoccupied with the feelings of the main character about being caught on video "standing at attention" in his costume (guys you know what I mean)... While this is handled humorously, and does play into guys worst nightmares, it makes the book skew more for upper middle, and pretty neatly
Apr 28, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
The author's gift for dialogue was there again this time but I think the(very cool)cover did a disservice to the book. The audience seemed to be around an 8th grade reader but the cover looked more 4th grade. I bought it for my 11-yr-old nephew, thinking it would be the same audience as The Big Splash bad. Great ideas in here, gotta say it, but it seemed rushed in spots. Regardless, I'm keeping my eye on Ferraiolo.
Aug 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
The book Sidekicks is about a child with an undefined destiny trying to find his way in a world of lies and mysteries. It is located in the near future. I would recommend this book to all people who like si-fi action books with a dash of romance. The only problem I found with the book is it has a slow start and complicated plot but, soon explains it's self near the end of the book. That is why I gave the book four stars.
Goodwin Lu
Sep 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Stacey Adams
Aug 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fun, interesting story about hiding your identity as a super heroes sidekick. Phantom Justice's sidekick/assistant/trainee is Bright Boy aka Scott, who hates his Bright Boy costume especially after an exceptionally embarrassing situation has the whole school talking....luckily his identity is hidden and no one knows they're laughing at Scott. But it's still a lot to bear. As if school wasn't hard enough to begin with Scott has to act like a wuss when being picked on by Jake and his hard headed g ...more
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Alamdar Meghani
Jan 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a great book. An amazing job by Jack D Ferraiolo. The book was nothing like i thought it would be like, it was full of twist and turns that i personally did not expect at all. It is about a boy, Scott Hutchinson, a.k.a. Bright Boy that is having ;its of problems. In school their is this girl that happens to be his nemesis, Monkey Wrench. He is also having trouble at home with Phantom Justice. He hates his costume, which is very tight and small. Phantom Justice is his guardian and his s ...more
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sidekicks 5/5 Stars!

This novel was a really big surprise for me! When I picked it up from the library, I figured it'd be a fun read but didn't except much from it. I was wrong though! I found the world, and the characters in it to hook you in and made you want to read more. At first (I'd say the first few chapters), it was kinda the run of the mill YA book, but after that I was kept turning pages and wondering what was coming next.

I love that this is a standalone novel, so I won't be let down b
Ben Werchowsky
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Sidekicks by Jack D. Ferraiolo, 310 pages,2011, science fiction.
This book is about a boy named Scott Hutchinson whose dad is a superhero and has a butler who is good at fighting. Trent his father teaches Scott how to be a hero and gives him the name bright boy. Bright boy and Phantom Justice (Trent) fight many villains with their superpowers like super speed and strength. He finds out that one of the villains he is facing actually goes to his school. He find
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a fun book with some serious overtones for young adults! This is the story of a couple of super heroes who are still in high school. They end up learning each other's secret identity and Bright Boy in the yellow tights will never be the same. He is a side kick, but who is the main super hero and what is his issue? Even in Super Hero Land, the same issues of power and control persist. We listened to this book, and it was much fun!
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The cover of this book is awesome, and I was expecting an overly fluffy superhero sidekick lament. But I was pleasantly surprised to feel really engaged and interested through the book. Good pacing, good fights, realistic school concerns of kids, and good consideration of "real world" super hero problems.

I think this book suits well for young adult, but might have some mature things best suited for middle school over elementary school. Also reads well for Buffy-loving adults.
This was a fun random book I picked up at my local bookstore one day. I felt so bad for Scott, he is a young man after all and is forced wear tight yellow tights, not to mention he had a little "incident" that made him a laughing stock. I couldn't help but feel a little pissed that no one would take his concerns seriously. The plot was kinda predictable to me, but still a lot of fun. Great for young readers, especially boys!
Dan Oldermusicgeek
Dec 04, 2016 rated it liked it
A fun and entertaining book, if not breaking any new grounds. This kind of stuff has been told in comic books since the 90s.

But it was interesting getting in the head of a Silver Age type sidekick.

The book, though, took too many twists and turns at the end to produce a happy ending for my liking.
The Angry Lawn Gnome
Honestly nothing beyond pure entertainment. But on that level, wow did this book work.
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
amazing make more a.s.a.p.
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: aмерика, sf, ya
ostensibly a ya novel about a superhero named "phantom justice" & his teen sidekick bright boy.... actually an excuse to ruthlessly mock/deconstruct batman ... i loved it ...more
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a great middle school book. Sidekick Scott aka Bright Boy is struggling in his role now that he's an adolescent. Then he finds out the sidekick of his arch nemesis is one of his classmates.
Austin Poulsen
Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Entertaining. This was in the kids section of my overdrive library, so I was surprised by how adult some of the themes are. Wouldn’t recommend to someone younger than 12ish
Alex Kazimirov
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Phenomenal book for teens/young adults. Story is very deep but not convoluted and easy to get lost in.
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