Joshua Dread #2: The Nameless Hero

Joshua Dread #2: The Nameless Hero

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by Lee Bacon
     
 

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The second book in the series! From the moment Joshua Dread receives an invitation to Gyfted & Talented, the mysterious program for kids with superpowers, his plans for a normal summer turn upside down. Evil maniac Phineas Vex is still alive—and he wants Joshua dead. So if G&T can help prepare Joshua for battle, he's all in. And so are Sophie andSee more details below

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The second book in the series! From the moment Joshua Dread receives an invitation to Gyfted & Talented, the mysterious program for kids with superpowers, his plans for a normal summer turn upside down. Evil maniac Phineas Vex is still alive—and he wants Joshua dead. So if G&T can help prepare Joshua for battle, he's all in. And so are Sophie and Milton.

Except they get more than they bargained for. The truth is that Joshua and his friends have been chosen to form the greatest superhero team of all time. That is, if they make it through G&T's rigorous training.

Suddenly Joshua is thrust into the media spotlight, and it's not as glamorous as people think. And what will happen if his supervillain parents find out that the new celebrity superhero is . . . Joshua? 

No one ever said fighting evil would be easy.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
10/01/2013
Gr 4–6—Joshua Dread was looking forward to a relaxing summer-or at least as peaceful as things can get for the son of the world's greatest supervillain duo. Instead, he and his two friends are off to Gyfted & Talented, an exclusive, invitation-only program for kids with certain unusual abilities. Director Gavin Garland announces that the crew has been selected to become the greatest superhero team of all time-the Alliance of the Impossible. He has everything arranged-cool uniforms, specialized training-even secret identities. However, Joshua suspects that there's more to the G&T program than meets the eye. The training exercises seem unduly dangerous, there are surveillance cameras everywhere-and what is Garland hiding behind that locked black door? After the team's first spectacular public mission, Joshua fumbles his secret-identity name and accidentally becomes a media celebrity. Garland seizes on the idea of the Nameless Hero to organize a massive publicity campaign with interviews, product endorsements, and TV appearances. At first, Joshua enjoys being a star, but soon jealousy between the Nameless Hero and the rest of the Alliance causes conflict among the team members, and he knows that they're going to need to stand together to survive. A bit darker than Joshua Dread (Delacorte, 2012), this book highlights the perils of media-created celebrity. Joshua goes from unknown to idol in a few Internet clicks and YouTube views. However, there are plenty of playful moments to lighten the tension, particularly when the kids' parents get involved, and there is a strong underlying theme of family loyalty and friendship. Familiarity with the first book is helpful but not essential and there are plenty of plot threads left for additional sequels.—Elaine E. Knight, formerly at Lincoln Elementary Schools, IL
Children's Literature - Sara Leady
Middle school is hard enough without having the reputation of being the child of the most fearsome super villains, the Dread Duo. But it is even worse when you have a super power of your own that keeps accidently setting random things on fire. Joshua’s heroic story continues after his epic battle with Vex around quite possibly the most painfully normal activity: summer camp. Or it would be painfully normal if it were not a way for Gyfted kids to work on honing their superhero skills. Joining Joshua at camp are Sophie and Milton as well as two new Superteens who complete their new Superhero Team. While on their first mission, Joshua saves the day, and overnight turns into the latest super celebrity, The Nameless Hero. But can the team handle his new fame? And what if the team is not really what it appears to be? Bacon continues the super tale of Joshua with more awkward humor and teen angst while also adding a new set of heroes. Grab your spandex and super gadgets and strap in for a delightfully quirky ride with these teen Avengers. The only thing lacking in Bacon’s second installment of the action-packed “Joshua Dread” series is more scenes containing the homicidal houseplant, Micus. This is a great title for reluctant readers who are fans of Marvel and DC comics. Reviewer: Sara Leady; Ages 9 to 12.
Kirkus Reviews
When the substitute librarian tries to kill you on the last day of school, it doesn't bode well for summer break. Seven months after narrowly defeating the supervillain Vex (Joshua Dread, 2012), Joshua Dread, secretly superpowered sixth grader (whose parents are the Dread Duo) is looking forward to a quiet summer with his normal best buddy, Milton, and their superstrong friend, Sophie. Their plans are thwarted when Joshua and Sophie receive invitations to Gyfted & Talented, a summer camp for superpowered teens. Unfortunately, Joshua's parents (the Botanist and Dr. Dread), who have scaled back on villainy since finding out Sophie's dad is their archnemesis, Captain Justice, think camp sounds like a good idea. Milton forges an invite, and the trio arrives to find it's a training camp that intends to put together a group of superteens. When they go on their first mission with costumes and new supernames, it's nearly a disaster. Joshua saves the day and becomes the darling of the media as the titular "Nameless Hero" (long story). When the secrets of Gyfted & Talented start to come out, things really get weird and dangerous. Bacon's second features more superteen angst, celebrity problems and wry to goofy humor. The battle with the bad guy at the end is a bit of a letdown, but there's no denying preteens will like this believable superworld that the obvious promise of the third installment will take them back to. A superpowered thumbs up. (Fantasy. 9-12)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375987229
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
09/24/2013
Series:
Joshua Dread Series , #2
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
157,501
File size:
4 MB
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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