by Matthew Cody
Knopf Books for Young Readers, $15.99
Recommended for: kids who love comics, or mystery, or fantasy
Review copy provided by: the author
Heroes come in all colors, shapes and sizes. With a multicultural cast of kid superheroes, Cody's debut novel, Powerless, reminds us of that fact.
Noble's Green is a town where all of the kids have super powers. All the kids except Daniel Corrigan. He can't fly or become invisible, but when he learns that the "Supers" mysteriously lose their powers on their thirteenth birthday, his Sherlock Holmes inspired detective skills just might save the day.
Part mystery, part comic-book-fantasy, and part just plain fun. Give Powerless to any tween, but especially one who might need to be reminded how "super" they are every now and again.
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