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The Hero Revealed (Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Boy Series #1)

The Hero Revealed (Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Boy Series #1)

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by William Boniface, Stephen Gilpin (Illustrator), Stephen Gilpin (Illustrator)

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In the town of Superopolis, everyone has a superpower. Everyone, that is, except Ordinary Boy. But things are not so super in Superopolis these days with the evil Professor Brain-Drain on the loose! To make matters worse, Ordinary Boy and his friends are thrown into the middle of a baffling mystery. Forget the regular superheroes. In a city where everyone is


In the town of Superopolis, everyone has a superpower. Everyone, that is, except Ordinary Boy. But things are not so super in Superopolis these days with the evil Professor Brain-Drain on the loose! To make matters worse, Ordinary Boy and his friends are thrown into the middle of a baffling mystery. Forget the regular superheroes. In a city where everyone is extraordinary, this just might be a job for . . . Ordinary Boy.

Editorial Reviews

In the town of Superopolis, Ordinary Boy is definitely the odd lad out. Everybody else in this crowded hero hamlet has some kind of superpower. The only problem is that they are not very bright. When Professor Brain-Drain looses his evil scheme on Superopolis, there is only one person to save the hometown from dastardly destruction. Can you guess who it is?
Children's Literature - Elizabeth Fronk
Ordinary Boy lives in Superopolis, a city where everyone has some type of "super power." Ordinary Boy does not consider himself to have any super power but his friends do. Halogen Boy glows with the help of apple juice, Plasma Girl can transform herself into gelatinous glue, Tadpole Boy can use his tongue like a frog, and Stench's powers emit indescribable odors. They all belong to the Junior Leaguers. The set of cards for the Amazing Indestructo, their hero, has just been released and the Junior Leaguers decide they need to complete their set. The quest to complete the card set leads them to search for the missing card, the villainous, Dr. Brain Drain. Along the way, the Junior Leaguers discover the perils of the company behind the Amazing Indestructo's character, and Ordinary Boy demonstrates that his powers may not be so ordinary after all. In fact, he leads the other Junior Leaguers to overcome the evil Dr. Brain Drain and he discovers that his own father's super powers may be more than he realized. This novel, which is the first in a new series, began a bit slowly and spent a lot of time giving explanations about Superopolis, the town's places of interest and some of the secondary characters. Nevertheless, if one sticks with it, it becomes a very funny and engrossing story that would appeal to boys and girls. It would appeal to middle schoolers and some young adults, even if one is not a huge fan of comic books or super heroes. Volume #1 of the "Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Boy" series.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-This first book in a new series is great fun, and readers will zip through it faster than a speeding bullet. Ordinary Boy lives in Superopolis, where he appears to be the only citizen with no superpowers at all. Of course O Boy's friends don't have an easy time themselves. His best friend, Stench, possesses mighty strength, but every time he uses it he emits a-well, he lives up to his name. Halogen Boy can glow brightly, but unfortunately he's far from the brightest bulb in the box. The greatest of them all is the Amazing Indestructo, and O Boy is his greatest fan. But a strange plot involving collector cards, million-dollar promotional contracts, and Indestructo's greatest adversary, Professor Brain-Drain, shake O Boy's faith in his hero-in a hilarious way. Along the way, readers who are paying attention will see that O Boy might not be so ordinary after all. Boniface wields a cynical, but definitely kid-friendly, sense of humor, and Gilpin's illustrations are sharp and witty. Kids who love comic books, superhero animations, and graphic novels will enjoy this story.-Walter Minkel, New York Public Library Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
In overtly consumerist Superopolis, the power struggle-between beloved Amazing Indestructo and loathed Professor Brain Drain-plays out for real and as a popular TV show. Every resident, constantly munching possibly mind-numbing chips from the local factory, boasts a superpower, however ineffectual. (Spaghetti Man poses as much of a threat as a wet noodle, and Halogen Boy is, well, a bit dim.) Ordinary Boy (wistful over his own seemingly elusive superpower) narrates as he and four fellow junior heroes rush to complete their set of Amazing Indestructo Collector Cards. Their quest-punctuated by OB's reverent consultations of his "L'il Heroes Handbook" (its pages liberally interspersed)-rollicks from blind materialism to dangerous confrontations with the city's greed-driven super-honchos. OB gains insights into the character of his revered AI as well as his own super-talent. Hilarious details and nonstop action leaven the weighty stuff: Boniface has fun with his superheroes, from Major Bummer to Plasma Girl, and OB's narration conveys a successful mix of irony and idolatry. As a send-up and a celebration of the comics genre, this packs a wallop. (Fiction. 8-12)
ALA Booklist
“The Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Boy series will appeal to fans of Captain Underpants in search of new adventures.”
Argus Leader
“Not only is Ordinary Boy incredibly funny, he’s extraordinarily smart.”

Product Details

HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Boy Series , #1
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.01(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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The Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Boy, Book 1: The Hero Revealed

By William Boniface

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2006 William Boniface
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0060774657

Chapter One

The Cavities of Doom

The Amazing Indestructo sniffed the air as if he could actually smell the odor of evil wafting through the skies of Superopolis. His head tilted one way -- and paused -- and then the other, revealing both of his perfect profiles. Then the rocket pack on his back burst into life, and he shot into the air like a pillar of fire.

He was only airborne for a matter of seconds before he spotted his quarry. The Brain-Drain Blimp! It looked almost peaceful as it hovered silently above the rooftops of Superopolis's warehouse district. But the Amazing Indestructo wasn't fooled by its pleasingly puffy shape. He knew evil lurked on board. And sure enough, as he watched, the blimp landed and Professor Brain-Drain's minions began unloading hundreds of cases of pilfered property. The Amazing Indestructo spoke into his wrist walkie-talkie.

"Attention, members of the League of Ultimate Goodness," he announced. "I have discovered where Brain-Drain is hiding the stolen tubes of McCavity's Ultra-Paste Tooth Whitener. I'm going in after him."

He turned and looked right into the camera as he said this and flashed his own perfectly white teeth. A moment later, the scene cut toa commercial.

Wow! I thought to myself. What I wouldn't give to be soaring through the air with Superopolis's greatest hero. Instead, I had to settle for sitting on the couch on a Saturday morning in my Amazing Indestructo pajamas, watching The Amazing Adventures of the Amazing Indestructo (and the League of Ultimate Goodness). And, no, there isn't anything wrong with my typing. That's about the size of the credit that the rest of the league usually gets.

This morning's episode was a new one. In it, Al (that's what we real fans call him for short) was trying to save Superopolis from his greatest enemy, Professor Brain-Drain, who had stolen the city's entire supply of toothpaste.

Brain-Drain is always trying to either take over or destroy Superopolis. He seems to change his mind from week to week as to which one he would rather do. In this week's episode the Professor had so far succeeded with his plan, and everyone's teeth had started to rot away. Everyone's except the Amazing Indestructo's, of course!

As in most episodes, the other members of the League of Ultimate Goodness were helpless (this time because of loose teeth and really bad breath). There are currently ten of them, but usually only five appear in an episode. They always try to help and as the show returned, that's exactly what they were doing.

"The Amazing Indestructo needs us," announced the Crimson Creampuff. "We have to hurry to his aid."

"Whoo-wee! Shurin' if yer breath ain't enough to bring down a whole heap o' bad guys," said Whistlin' Dixie. "And ma two front choppers are wigglin' so fierce I ken barely whistle in tune. I say we go help round up the varmint what done this!"

"Why bother?" groaned Major Bummer. "We've all got to go sometime. It might as well be from halitosis."

This was pretty typical of Major Bummer. He was always depressed and gloomy. I suppose that's how he got his name -- although it might also have something to do with his really big butt.

"I could try tunneling my way there," proposed the Moleman, "except my molars are killing me."

"I can immobilize the Professor with my coils of spaghetti," proclaimed Spaghetti Man. The truth is, a ninety-year-old grandmother could break out of the limp noodles he produces from his fingertips.

"That's the attitude, leaguers," said the Crimson Creampuff as he slammed a fist into his hand and then winced in pain. "The Amazing Indestructo needs us and it's time for us to come to his aid!"

Meanwhile, Al had decided to storm Professor Brain-Drain's secret hideout single-handedly. Without hesitation he zoomed straight to the top of the building where the Brain-Drain Blimp was tethered. He crashed through the roof and came face-to-face with his greatest enemy.

"You fiend," he said, as he stood amidst the smoke and dust. "Your plot to deny the people of Superopolis the whitening advantage of McCavity's Ultra-Paste Tooth Whitener is at an end."

And there, standing calmly amid thousands of cases of McCavity's toothpaste, was that supervillain of all supervillains, Professor Brain-Drain -- or at least the actor who played him. All the other characters on the show play themselves, but Professor Brain-Drain is always an actor. The funny thing is it never seems to be the same actor. Last week's Brain-Drain had a high-pitched voice. The one before that actually had some hair. This newest one, I noticed, had a big mole on his nose.

I grabbed my copy of the Li'l Hero's Handbook and quickly flipped to the entry on Professor Brain-Drain.

The picture was of a man significantly older than the guy on TV, and there was definitely no mole on his nose. Well, if he's retired, I guess it made sense that he doesn't play himself. Of course, his tendency to drain people's intelligence and be superevil may have been a factor as well. I set the handbook back down just as the actor playing the Professor began to speak.

"Ah, the Amazing Indestructo." The egghead of evil chortled. (This was the first Brain-Drain who chortled -- most of them cackled.) "I expected you would be coming."

"Your vile plan will never work," responded Al. "I'm here to see that Superopolis will once again experience the amazing benefits of McCavity's Ultra-Paste."

"On the contrary," Professor Brain-Drain corrected. "Without access to McCavity's, the people of Superopolis will soon see their teeth rotting and falling out of their mouths. With no teeth, they won't be able to eat. In their starved, weakened states, it will be easy for me to drain the intelligence from every citizen of Superopolis, absorbing it all into my own brain. I'll become a supergenius!"

How incredibly evil! I was so horrified by Brain-Drain's nasty plot that I ignored . . .


Excerpted from The Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Boy, Book 1: The Hero Revealed by William Boniface Copyright © 2006 by William Boniface. Excerpted by permission.
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Meet the Author

William Boniface may or may not exist. Ordinary Boy, after all, tells his own story. Mr. Boniface could simply be a creation of the publisher in order to fulfill the requirement that an author be listed on the cover of this book. Given that possibility, there is no harm in revealing that Mr. Boniface has lent his name to over two dozen far less wordy children's books that were also in need of an author. Unless, of course, he didn't, which would make this entire biography irrelevant.

Stephen Gilpin is the award-winning illustrator of dozens of children's books and has worked for tons of awesome clients. He lives and works with his wife, Angie, in Hiawatha, Kansas.

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The Hero Revealed (Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Boy Series #1) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Carla Jones More than 1 year ago
A great book and well written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My son loves it good long chapter book for kids good child adapting author.
Alejocy More than 1 year ago
My son loves it and has read it a few times already.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book its so funny and well written
PJKids More than 1 year ago
My son's teacher started reading this book in class and he really loved the book. It's about a boy who is ordinary in a land full of people who possess super hero powers. My son asked for all of the books in this series and the books are chapter books. Great read for 4/5th graders!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love it. I don't know why it is not that popular, because it deserves to be.
animalsandmagic More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure about this book at first because I really like stories about superheroes but this book isn't focused on the superheros in this book, instead it focuses on an ordinary kid with no superpowers. I ended up really enjoying this book and since then have gone on to read the next two in this series. Because I did this I feel I should warn in my review that this series should be read in order, otherwise you will read too many spoilers of the previous book in the next ones. For example: book two has some really good twists that are completely ruined if you read book three first, and book two gives away many of the events from book one
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is and was a wonderful book i just could not set it down! If u have a young one who loves super heros and collecting cards then i highly recomend this i love it.
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Great for boys that like chapter books. Some girls might like it to.
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Great book
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