Apr 26, 2011

Tween Tuesday: Sidekicks by Jack D. Ferraiolo

5 super awesome frosted maple cookies.

Cove Love: Yes! Like always Amulet has done a super job of creating a reading experience with their book design.

Why I Wanted to Read This:
One of my favorite reads of the past few years was The Big Splash by Jack D. Ferraiolo. When I heard he was writing a new book I couldn't wait to get my hands on it! Here's the synopsis from Good Reads:
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, Scott begins to question his role. With the help of a fellow sidekick, once his nemesis, Scott must decide if growing up means being loyal or stepping boldly to the center of things.

I Kept Reading Because: I couldn't put it down!

Romance?: Yes, an adorable young teen romance--I loved it!

What I Liked (& Didn't):
There were so many awesome twists in this story that I am afraid that I will give something away in my review, but I am going to try really hard to not do that...

One thing I can safely talk about it Mr. Ferraiolo's writing. It is so smooth and so funny. It just goes down and before you know it you've read 100 pages. The story moves along with no glitches. Excellent!

And there is so much humor in there! It's the kind of humor that adults get pretty easily and more saavy middle schoolers will as well. Both of his books have that same kind of subtle humor. It's the kind of humor and writing that makes you smile as you read.

And Scott is a great character. He has so many insecurities and he has to live two lives.

The action in this book was non-stop and the world of these supers (or pluses) is one I want to visit again!

If There's a Sequel: There definitely could be a sequel to this book, however, it also could stay where it ended. Either was I would be satisfied. If there is a sequel I would like Scott to be more socially comfortable and able to make a few friends.

To Sum Up: There is a ton of action and so many twists and turns. It will keep middle school readers on the edge of their seat and up late at night reading. Great book!

Check out the trailer the author made here. It's hysterical and you will find yourself wanting to read this book even more after watching it.

And read the always interesting "Evolution of a Cover" from Chad Beckerman's website, about the Sidekicks book jacket.

Book requested and received from Amulet (thanks Laura)!

Tween Tuesday is hosted by Sarah the GreenBeanTeenQueen. Thanks Sarah!


  1. This sounds like a fun read! Thanks for sharing!

    (New follower - found you via Tween Tuesday!)

  2. Hi Jessi! Thanks for coming by and taking the time to comment. Welcome!

  3. This looks really good. Thanks for the review; I'm a new follower. :-)

  4. Anonymous7:23 AM

    There better be a sequel i just finished reading it and it was awesome.

  5. Wasn't it good?
    Try The Big Splash by the same author. I think it's even better. Totally different kind of story though!

  6. beefo33:28 PM

    i need questions (for my book club) for this book and if you can reply before sunday that would be awesome thank you!

  7. Anonymous12:16 PM

    what is the name of his school?