Chance Fortune and the Outlaws (The Adventures of Chance Fortune Series #1) [NOOK Book]

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For as long as he can remember, fourteen-year-old Joshua Blevins has wanted to be a superhero. He has the brains, the passion, and the heart. There’s only one problem: he doesn’t have any superpowers. But Josh isn’t about to let that stop him.
Determined not to give up on his dream, Josh enlists the aid of his mentor, Captain Fearless, a retired costumed adventurer, to gain entrance to the Burlington Academy for the Superhuman under the false...
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Chance Fortune and the Outlaws (The Adventures of Chance Fortune Series #1)

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Overview


For as long as he can remember, fourteen-year-old Joshua Blevins has wanted to be a superhero. He has the brains, the passion, and the heart. There’s only one problem: he doesn’t have any superpowers. But Josh isn’t about to let that stop him.
Determined not to give up on his dream, Josh enlists the aid of his mentor, Captain Fearless, a retired costumed adventurer, to gain entrance to the Burlington Academy for the Superhuman under the false identity of Chance Fortune—a superhuman with the power of having unnaturally good luck.
Masquerading as Chance, Josh rises among the ranks of his fellow students at the Academy, eventually becoming the leader of his own combat team, the Outlaws. Together, Chance and his teammates Psy-Chick, Shocker, Gothika, Space Cadet, Iron Maiden, and Private Justice make new friends, battle new enemies, and ultimately find themselves caught up in a struggle for the fate of the universe. Can Chance and the Outlaws save the universe—AND survive their freshman year?

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Publishers Weekly
A strong echo of The Incredibles runs through Berryhill's debut, set in a world where superheroes are taken for granted as a part of day-to-day affairs. Joshua Blevins has been starstruck by these heroes all his life. At age 9, he encounters Captain Fearless, who takes him under his wing and trains him for five years. But all appears for naught when Joshua's application to Burlington Academy for the Superhuman is turned down on the grounds that, "as a normal human, the Academy has nothing to offer you." Joshua and his mentor are not so easily deterred, and Captain Fearless fakes some documents to get Joshua accepted under the name Chance Fortune. Chance makes new friends quickly, young heroes-in-waiting like himself: the electrically charged Shocker, the elastic Private Justice and a psychic named Psy-chick. After a lengthy training sequence that references Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card with both a wink and a nod (one of Chance's classmates Space Cadet, or S.C., has a roommate named Orson), Chance learns that the school is connected to The Shadow Zone, "a dimensional prison reserved for supervillains too powerful or too diabolical to be jailed by conventional means." Readers weary of Potter-esque fantasy but hungry for another semihumorous/semiserious school setting, and lovers of superhero stories in general, will delight in this first volume in the Adventures of Chance Fortune series, ideally structured for many further adventures at Burlington. Ages 10-up. (Aug.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Michael Chabin
In this 266 page novel set in the not so distant future, there is a school for superheroes and a boy without super powers who very much wants to attend. Of course obstacles are placed in his way, and of course he overcomes them, bonding in the process with an overweight African American boy with a knack for controlling machines, a streetwise city boy with a sensitive side, a beautiful girl with psychic powers, and a slate of others that seem so familiar one wonders if reading the book is strictly necessary. It is not. The prose is stiff: "And there it stood! His heart almost leapt out of his chest. It was different than he'd imagined." The characters lack even the depth of their comic book models, and descriptions of nonessential details occupy so much of the text that one is tempted to read it with a blue pencil. It is, however, readable, should offend no one, and may appeal to early readers interested in making the switch from comic books to print.
VOYA - Donna Scanlon
Berryhill's debut novel kicks off an engrossing series, The Adventures of Chance Fortune, that takes formulas both old and new and gives them a zippy twist. Josh Blevins, resident of a planet almost but not quite like earth, has only one dream. He longs to attend the Burlington Academy for the Superhuman, a sort of Hogwarts for superheroes. His application is rejected because he has no superpowers, but he reapplies and gets admitted as Chance Fortune, claiming the power of unnaturally good luck. Once at Burlington, he encounters a variety of students, making some friends and a few enemies as well. His combat team, the Outlaws, really clicks and succeeds, which of course brings them to a showdown with the school's "star" team, the Invincibles, as well as an encounter with an alien force threatening to take over the universe. Berryhill blends elements of space opera, comic book adventure, classic horror literature, and the "Harry Potter" formula into a lively and engrossing tale that neither takes itself too seriously nor underestimates its readers. The action sequences are clearly and vividly written, if a bit violent, and the narrative flows smoothly and with good humor most of the time. There are hitches where Berryhill either explains too much or not enough, but these flaws are minor and not disruptive and will likely disappear with additional experience. Characters are given personal touches that make them more three-dimensional, although they are stock characters. A cliffhanger ending will have readers demanding more. Here's hoping Berryhill has several series entries ready to go.
KLIATT
Joshua Blevins has always wanted to be a superhero, but he is denied acceptance to the Burlington Academy for the Superhuman. He's just too normal. But he has a super friend: Captain Fearless, who mentors Josh and gives him the moniker Chance Fortune, stating that his luck is superhuman. On that basis Josh gets into the Academy. He even gets his own personalized costume, although the computer mother asserts that he is only an adventurer, not a demigod or mighty mortal. Then his real challenges begin: dealing with other kids his age with "real" superhuman abilities?—?physical prowess, ninja feats, technomancery. On the other hand, the academians are teens first, and Josh does find a way to fit in and even lead. The story, first of a projected series about Chance Fortune, provides a lighthearted, X-men-type junior high school story. It's light fare and somewhat entertaining, but the plot isn't that original and the characters aren't that well developed. Nevertheless, the book will find a readership. (The Adventures of Chance Fortune #1). KLIATT Codes: J—Recommended for junior high school students. 2006, Tor, Starscape, 270p., Ages 12 to 15.
—Dr. Lesley Farmer
School Library Journal

Gr 5–8
In this fantasy adventure of good versus evil, Burlington Academy exists for the sole purpose of training and grooming humans who have superpowers. Regular guy Josh Blevins, 14, doesn't care about that. All he's ever wanted to do is attend the academy. With help from a retired action hero, he manages to manipulate his way in, changing his name to Chance Fortune and listing his superpower as "Unnaturally good luck." Actually, what he really has is good old-fashioned common sense, something his teammates, the Outlaws, seem to lack. As they practice and compete against one another in mock battles, it becomes apparent that something is amiss at school. Evil has come to the sacred grounds and Chance and the Outlaws are left to fend for themselves. Intimidating villains rev up the conflict while the underrated good guys bond together to defeat what comes. The story is fast paced, and the characters are nicely crafted. While some resolutions are too simple and the problems facing Chance should demand more from this likable protagonist, most readers will cheer for his triumphs. A fun, easy read with compelling action scenes.
—Robyn GioiaCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

From the Publisher
"Shane Berryhill's wondrous Saturday matinee of a book, THE ADVENTURES OF CHANCE FORTUNE, zooms and crackles and pops from page one! If George Lucas wrote young adult novels on an overdose of caffeine and comics, it might approach something like CHANCE FORTUNE. I am an instant fan of this series, and can't wait to board the next rocket-fueled Chapter of Chance and Company. Highest recommendation!"

— Jay Bonansinga, author of FROZEN, THE SINKING OF THE EASTLAND, and THE KILLER'S GAME

Jay Bonansinga
"Zooms and crackles and pops from page one. I am an instant fan of this series. Highest recommendation!"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429992091
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 1/2/2008
  • Series: Adventures of Chance Fortune Series , #1
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 862,392
  • Age range: 10 - 15 Years
  • File size: 245 KB

Meet the Author


Shane Berryhill lives in Chattanooga, TN with his wife, Lesley. Chance Fortune and the Outlaws is his first novel.
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Prologue

Joshua Brent Blevins had wanted to be a superhero for as long as he could remember. The only problem was he didn’t have any superpowers. But Josh wasn’t about to let that stop him.

It was a humid summer day in the early twenty-first century---on an earth much like our own---that nine-year-old Josh Blevins and his friend Eddie Gardner, also age nine, stood outside the yard belonging to Littleton, Tennessee’s newest resident.

“You go knock,” Josh said, pointing to the front door of the old two-story brick house.

“Me?” Eddie asked. “You’re the one who wanted to come here. You go knock!”

“Let’s go do it together,” Josh said.

“I don’t know, Josh,” Eddie said. “Jimmie Donnelly said he saw them bring a coffin in there!”

“Jimmie don’t know nothing! My mom said it was a sarcophagus, like those they buried the pharaohs in---something this guy probably picked up during his travels. And besides, he ain’t no spook. He’s not that kind. He’s---he’s---well, just look!”

Josh reached into his back pocket and pulled out a rolled-up comic book for Eddie to see. This comic wasn’t like any Josh’d ever shown Eddie before. It was very old, its pulpy edges in tatters. Eddie unrolled it and flipped through the pages. They were poorly illustrated compared to the cover’s near-photographic painting. Eddie closed the funny book and looked at the cover once more. Across the top in big, bold cursive script it read,

The Adventurers

Beneath the funny book’s title, the cover showed a handsome blond man in a mask, cape, and pants that bulged out at the thighs. The man in the painting held a beautiful young woman at his side. They both swung across a lake filled with fierce alligators snapping at them with long, terrible jaws.

“What kind of pants are those?” Eddie asked.

“Jodhpurs,” Josh said as if that explained everything.

“Oh,” Eddie said. “That’s cool. But so what?”

Josh snatched the funny book out of Eddie’s hand, glaring at him as if he were the most ignorant person in the world. He stabbed the cover with his index finger.

“So,” Josh said, “I think that’s him!”

“What? Jimmie said the guy who moved in here looks like he’s a hundred years old!”

“Not him now, Eddie! But when he was younger.”

“That’s silly, Josh. What would someone like that be doing in Littleton?”

“I don’t know. Maybe he’s incognito.”

“In-cog-what?”

“Lying low, so the bad guys can’t find him.”

“I don’t believe that. You’re just dreaming again, Josh. You play superhero so much you’ve gotten things mixed up in your head!”

“I have not,” Josh said. “It’s him, Eddie! It has to be. He’s my only chance!”

“Chance for what?” a smooth, regal voice asked.

Josh and Eddie stopped talking and turned their heads in the voice’s direction. Looming over them was a tall, silver-haired man. He was old and rested some of his weight on a fancy black cane, but he was still far from the hundred-year-old man described by Jimmie Donnelly.

Josh heard Eddie gasp. Josh turned and saw his friend sprinting down the street like his head was on fire and his butt was catching.

“Chance for what?” the old man repeated in his upper-class British accent.

Josh opened his mouth to speak and something in no way resembling the eloquent speech he’d practiced for two days came out.

“To be you! Or rather, to be like you. I don’t have any superpowers, but I saw you didn’t, either. And then you came to town! Out of all the places in the world you showed up in Littleton and I knew it had to be fate, because I want to be a superhero more than anything in the world.”

Josh sucked in a huge breath of air.

“I lie awake at night just dreaming about it! And I knew it was you! I could tell! Eddie didn’t believe me, but I knew it was. Please teach me! I’ll work day and night! Well, not during the day, because I have to go to school, except in the summer, and I have to sleep at night, but I could still come in the morning and after school! I---”

The old man reached down and took the funny book from Josh’s hand. Josh stopped talking and held his breath in anticipation. The old man gazed at the funny book. A crooked smile crossed his lips. Then he handed the comic back to Josh.

“I’m sorry, lad, but that was a long time ago. There are rules now. The Academy---”

“They’d take me if you trained me! I’ll do whatever you tell me, honest! Please, mister! It’s everything I ever wanted.”

The old man sighed and shifted his weight on his cane.

“The shaolin monks of Kaochan Village made me wait ten days before admitting me into their temple,” the man said. “However, you look aptly determined. And I’m admittedly not getting any younger!

“I’m Fearless,” the old man said, a mischievous smile upon his face. “Captain Charles Fearless. Not mister. And how are you called, young sir?”

“Joshua Blevins, sir. Uh, Josh.”

The Captain looked Josh up and down, then poked Josh’s ample belly with his cane.

“That’s quite the paunch you’ve got there, Master Joshua. Especially for such a young lad as yourself.”

Josh gulped in embarrassment.

“Nothing we shan’t work off, though,” the Captain said.

Copyright © 2006 by Shane Berryhill
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    Magnificent, Good Start For an Author

    this book was great, it is not boring at all, it really gets right into the book. i admit the begining of the book is in fact a little childish and corny, but beyond that it is great work for a first book by this author. i definetly enjoyed this, i love superhero books. this book is wonderful, don't think about getting it just get it!!!

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