This morning I finished reading Captain Nobody by Dean Pitchford. You may recognize the author's name from his book, The Big One-Oh (we have both books in the library).
Here are some questions for you:
1. Have you ever felt that your parents overlooked you and that your brother or sister received all the attention in your family?
2. Have you ever felt that you and your closest friends were often treated as invisible by everyone at school?
3. Have you ever wished for a secret identity? Or maybe just wished for a way to be less ordinary?
If you answered yes to any of those questions, then you can understand how Newton Newman feels. His brother is a famous high school football player. His parents are both very involved with their careers. He and his two closest friends are the youngest kids in their families, so they get stuck with hand-me-down clothes and even used Halloween costumes. But when his friends help Newt create a superhero costume and he decides to wear it to school - things begin to change.
Anyone who enjoys stories about friends and family (Judy Moody and Stink, Ramona and Beezus, etc.), or anyone who likes humorous stories with a bit of adventure in them should read this book. Captain Nobody was a Volunteer State Book Award nominee in 2011-2012.
For more info, you can check out the publisher's website. The author also has his own website and he has created a site just for Captain Nobody. And there's a trailer for the book.