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Captain Nobody
     

Captain Nobody

4.7 66
by Dean Pitchford
 

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When Newt Newman's football-star brother, Chris, is knocked into a coma during the biggest game of the season, Newt's two best friends keep his mind off of the accident by helping him create the ultimate Halloween costume: Captain Nobody. Newt feels strong and confident in his new getup, so he keeps wearing it after Halloween is over. Soon Newt assumes the role of a

Overview

When Newt Newman's football-star brother, Chris, is knocked into a coma during the biggest game of the season, Newt's two best friends keep his mind off of the accident by helping him create the ultimate Halloween costume: Captain Nobody. Newt feels strong and confident in his new getup, so he keeps wearing it after Halloween is over. Soon Newt assumes the role of a hero in a string of exploits that include foiling a robbery and saving a planeload of passengers. But will Captain Nobody be able to save the one person he cares about most?

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Publishers Weekly
Tired of being ignored by classmates, Newt and his two best friends decide to create Halloween costumes that will make them stand out and let them discover their “inner other.... who we would be if we didn't have to be us.” But before Halloween arrives, 10-year-old Newt's world shatters: his football star brother, Chris, is knocked unconscious in the season's final game and lies comatose in the hospital. At the last minute, Newt fashions a superhero Halloween costume from Chris's old clothes and dubs himself Captain Nobody. Wearing this outfit during the ensuing days, Newt ushers home a lost man with dementia, foils a jewelry-store robbery and inadvertently brings traffic to a standstill, clearing the freeway just in time for a plane's emergency landing. Despite his spotlight-grabbing heroics, the frustrated boy laments, “I can't even save my own brother.” Though Pitchford (The Big One-Oh) builds suspense adeptly, the novel takes some improbable turns. Yet the young narrator's earnest voice—and his raw sense of helplessness—are real and affecting. Ages 8–12. (July)
Children's Literature - Keri Collins Lewis
When your big brother is the star of the high school football team and you are one of the smallest kids in the fourth grade, it is easy to be overlooked. In fact, Newt Newman is not just overlooked by his peers—he has a hard time getting his parents to notice his existence. When Chris is knocked into a coma during the final seconds of the biggest game of the season, Newt is even more alone than ever as his parents spend all their time at the hospital. To take his mind off of his brother, Newt's best friends JJ and Cecil challenge him to come up with a Halloween costume that depicts his "inner other," the person he would be if he was not himself. At a loss for a personal hero and with no parental assistance, Newt frantically searches his house for costume ideas. Desperate, he takes some of Chris's hand-me-downs and creates Captain Nobody, defender of the little guy, champion of the downtrodden. But when Halloween is over, Newt cannot give up his costume or the powerful feelings he has when he is wearing it. With encouragement and walkie-talkies from his sidekicks who like Newt have always wanted to be noticed, Newt embarks on adventures in which he happens to be at the right place at the right time and is able to save the day. In the end, however, Newt has to choose between doing the right thing for someone else and risking everything. How much luck does Captain Nobody have? Just enough, it turns out, to save the day in a way no one would ever expect. Though several plot points require a willing suspension of disbelief, the reader's love for the charming underdog will carry him through the contrivances to the dramatic and happy ending. Reviewer: Keri Collins Lewis
School Library Journal
Gr 3–6—Ten-year-old Newt Newman is used to fading into the background: his parents are workaholics; his brother, Chris, is a high school football star; and he and his best buddies, JJ and Cecil, are ignored at school. Determined to get noticed this Halloween, the three friends vow to come up with original costumes. But then Chris takes a hit and is knocked into a coma during the Big Game. Worried about his brother, and with his parent camped out at the hospital, Newt has no interest in creating a costume. When JJ and Cecil arrive at his house for trick-or-treating, they help him transform an assortment of Chris's outgrown clothes into a get-up for a new superhero: Captain Nobody! Enjoying the newfound confidence he experiences behind his mask, Newt continues to wear the costume, and opportunities start cropping up for him to save the day—whether helping a confused old man find his way home or stopping a jewelry store robbery, Captain Nobody gets the job done. But when it comes to his brother's coma, even Captain Nobody is powerless…or is he? Newt is a likable individual, albeit quite mature for 10. Secondary characters are somewhat stereotypical, but they don't get in the way of the story's fast pace and charm. Pitchford's screenwriting background is apparent: the book reads like a summertime feel-good movie. Kids who have longed for their own superhero powers will eat this up.—Kim Dare, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA
Kirkus Reviews
Ten-year-old Newton Newman's big brother Chris is the town football star, and Newt tends to be forgotten in the glare of the spotlights on his beloved brother. After Chris is badly injured at the most important game of the season, Newt is left to deal with his fear and worry for Chris. He gets by with the help of his best friends JJ (a fantastic fiction fan) and Cecil (a wannabe drummer), who talk him into going trick-or-treating, challenging each to dress as their hero. Out of desperation and a bit of luck, Newt dresses as "Captain Nobody." He decides to wear the outfit all the time and begins to be noticed. After inadvertently foiling a robbery attempt, saving the class ferret and averting an airplane tragedy, Newt is able to hang up the superhero suit. Opening with a cliffhanger, this novel will speak to those kids who feel left out, not part of the "in-crowd." The whole premise is entirely implausible, but the humor and compassion are sure to appeal to reluctant readers. (Fiction. 9-12)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101024843
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
07/09/2009
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
592,523
Lexile:
750L (what's this?)
File size:
572 KB
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Dean Pitchford, author of The Big One-Oh and Captain Nobody, starred on Broadway in Pippin and Godspell before turning to songwriting and screenwriting. His multimillion-selling songs include the Oscar-winning “Fame,” “Footloose,” “Holding Out for a Hero” and “After All.” He has been nominated for four Academy Awards, five Grammys and two Tonys. His stage musical adaptation of Footloose played over 700 performances on Broadway and is now being produced around the world.

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Captain Nobody 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 66 reviews.
caitiebug More than 1 year ago
I liked the book very much.I think both boys & girls would love reading this.I would recommend this book to kids mostly.
Grace Fiala More than 1 year ago
I read this book and it is a perfect book for all ages. Funny sweet and entertaining. Love it so much. This book is a MUST R
L-I-S-A More than 1 year ago
Caption nobody is the best. I jjust finished reading this book and it is really good. READ IT!
CrazymomTG More than 1 year ago
I got this book for my kids to listen to on a 13 hour car ride. My boys, 10 and 12, and my daughter 15 just loved Newt's story. So many kids feel that they aren't heard or that no one really cares. This story takes just such a child and turns it all around for him. In the process he helps other people! What a great read. Thanks Dean Pitchford for making a really long trip enjoyable.
Katie Girdler More than 1 year ago
Dean Pitchford has done it again ladies and gentleman! Captin Nobody is a short sweet funny and entertaining book that kids are sure to love
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is one of my favrite books that ive read and ive read a lot of books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun and action packed
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this BOOK
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Captain Nobody is a great book that is full of action. Go Dean Pitchford!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yeah. It is good
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Buy this book it is so worth it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is great.it now i know it deservers to bbe a battle book for 2011
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why is this book fantastic {repeat 10 times fantastic Cuz Newton creates a character called Captain Nobody. Chris Newman gets tackled by who? Find out
Elizabeth Marchese More than 1 year ago
It was fantatic it was super funny
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it so much it is one of the best books ever i could read it over and over i loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book because it tells you about courage and if you don't have courage how are you supposed to stand up for yourself. Sometimes you just have to think about it and your stuff may surely come true. By the way I am an ammbassador for Origomi Owl and was wondering if any of you would like to talk to me. Post your phone number and say Peyt257. My mom and i are really trying to kick it off in the fall so I would really like your support. Thank You in advance
Lilafricanjungegirl More than 1 year ago
It's the story of a little boy who finds he can do great things, not by being like someone else, but by being himself. If you ever feel too small to face big problems, you will find a kindred spirit in this book! A great read!
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When in coma u cant talk to people