Saturday, April 20, 2019

Spring Reading 2019 Brown: My Alter Ego Is a Superhero #1

This is the first book in a series that is popular in Norway. Rusty is a boy who has trouble with bullies - one of whom is the minister's son (who really ought to know better). His family has moved to the country, his grandfather has died, and the bullies have destroyed the fort he and his friend Jack were building. Things aren't going really well. But after watching a movie about a superhero, he gets an idea. With the help of Jack, their classmate Lou, Grandpa's old pocket watch, and a giraffe's ear, Rusty might be able to settle things with the bullies and come to terms with his Grandpa's death, too.

Rusty is dealing with several situations that are common in childhood - the death of a grandparent, being the new kid after a move, and bullies. It doesn't help that his mother is not coping well with Grandpa's death and doesn't want any trouble, or that the minister seems oblivious to his son's antisocial behavior. But the friends stick together and sometimes a few friends is all you really need to get over a rough spot.

I read an ARC of the English translation of the book. Publication date is set for June 4, 2019.

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