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by John David Anderson

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John David Anderson returns to the world of superheroes he created in Sidekicked with an entirely new cast of characters in Minion, a funny and emotional companion to his first breakout tween novel—perfect for superhero fans who also love the work of bestselling authors Rick Riordan, Louis Sachar, and Frank Cottrell Boyce.

Michael Morn


John David Anderson returns to the world of superheroes he created in Sidekicked with an entirely new cast of characters in Minion, a funny and emotional companion to his first breakout tween novel—perfect for superhero fans who also love the work of bestselling authors Rick Riordan, Louis Sachar, and Frank Cottrell Boyce.

Michael Morn might be a villain, but he's really not a bad guy. When you live in New Liberty, there are no Supers and only two kinds of people: those who turn to crime and those who suffer. Michael and his adoptive father spend their days building boxes—special devices with mysterious abilities—that they sell to the mob at a price. They provide for each other, they look out for each other, and they'd never betray each other.

But then a Super comes to town, and Michael's world is thrown into disarray. The Comet could destroy everything Michael and his dad have built, the safe and secure life they've made for themselves. And now Michael and his father face a choice: to hold tight to their life or to let it unravel.

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Kirkus Reviews
Parents: Be warned. A generation or two back, parents used to tell their kids that comic books would rot their brains. It seems to have backfired, because those kids grew up and started making dozens of movies and television shows about superheroes. And over the past few years, a whole new subgenre of teen novels about superheroes and supervillains has evolved. Anderson's Sidekicked (2013) was one of the better examples, but this companion novel is even wittier and much less predictable. One of the pleasures of superhero stories is guessing what's coming next, but the joy here is that most of the time readers will guess wrong. The main character is called Michael Marion Magdalene Morn, and he's not a superhero. In the first chapter, he robs a bank. But it's hard to call him a villain. He has the ability to control minds, but two out of three times, he refuses to do it, on principle. Michael is as complex as the best Marvel and DC characters, and his dialogue is just as funny. The author trusts his readers enough to keep the characters ambiguous and to leave some mysteries unexplained at the end of the book. This novel should make Anderson's parents proud, even if they threw away his comics when he was little. His readers will just be happy. (Fantasy. 8-12)
School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—Michael Born doesn't consider himself a bad guy, even though, at age 13, he has already helped his adopted father create several questionable inventions, and robbed a bank. Like his friend Zach, who can make spikes appear all over his body, Michael has a superhuman ability: he can make people do his bidding, as long as the command is something they would at least consider. He has rules about how he uses his talent, refusing to control his father or Viola, the amber-eyed beauty he meets at the mall. Michael doesn't worry too much about the morality of his life with his dad, until the city is invaded by an army of goons, followed by a mysterious superhero known as the Comet, and Michael finds himself at the center of a sinister plot to take over the world. In this companion to Sidekicked (HarperCollins, 2013), Anderson introduces a fascinating new cast of characters. Action sequences are interspersed with more mundane moments that explore Michael's past, his relationship with his father, and his budding romance with Viola. The real strength lies in the writing, with its humorous, vivid descriptions, and strong, original voice. There are also several mysteries to keep readers intrigued, including the identity of Michael's biological parents, the nature of his father's latest invention, and the secret behind the Comet and his sidekick. Interesting questions about good and evil and the ethics of coercion are explored. The story has a high-pitched climax, complete with a truly evil supervillain, yet leaves plenty of room for a sequel. This is an engaging, thought-provoking novel for middle-grade superhero fans.—Ashley Larsen, Pacifica Libraries, CA

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HarperCollins Publishers
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5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

John David Anderson is the author of many books for young readers, including Sidekicked and The Dungeoneers. A dedicated root beer connoisseur and chocolate fiend, he lives with his wife, two kids, and perpetually whiny cat in Indianapolis, Indiana. You can visit him online at www.johndavidanderson.org.

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Minion 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It has a great story.I have been waiting for it to come out. Please note I did not recieve anything for writing this review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading side kicks as well. Very easy to read and kept my attension. I look forward to more books in the future from this author
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really liked this book. :)
This_Kid_Reviews_Books More than 1 year ago
My Summary – New Liberty. The city that nobody’s ever heard of. The town with two rival crime bosses (Tony Romano and Mickey “Six Fingers” Maloney). The town with no Super. The town that Michael Marion Magdalene Morn lives in, with his adoptive father, Professor Benjamin Edson. They make electronic boxes with unique powers, and sell them to the highest buyer. They do small crimes, only stealing what they need. It may help that Michael has a hypnotizing “gift”. Surprisingly, the town’s crime rate isn’t out of hand (a few banks robbed, a couple of houses broken into, etc.). That is, until a supervillain calling himself The Dictator shows up, with henchmen in bullet-proof outfits and silver masks. And, as most things happen, when a supervillain comes, a superhero soon follows. The Comet. A bullet-proof, super-strength, flying superhero who leaves a blue streak in the air when he blasts off. The Comet may ruin everything that Michael and his dad have built (literally and figuratively). And it doesn’t help that The Dictator has taken an interest in the Edson family… THIS IS AN AWESOME STORY!!! Mr. Anderson is an awesome author of superhero stories! At first, reading the summary for Minion, and seeing that it is a companion to Mr. Anderson’s book, Sidekicked, I thought the superhero would be The Sensationalist (Sidekicked’s Main Character), but I was pleasantly surprised to see a new superhero. Michael Morn is a great character. I like how this book isn’t about good or evil. It’s about doing what you believe in. It’s about being true to yourself. Michael and his dad aren’t bad, but they aren’t completely good either. They’re… neutral-ish. Mr. Anderson handles these subjects very well. New Liberty is actually nice. The crime bosses aren’t tyrants to the people – in fact, I think that most people don’t really know that they exist (except from what they read in newspapers). They’re just rivals to each other. This is an extremely well-written story, especially for us Middle Graders. I really like the world Mr. Anderson has created. The book is pretty much everything I want in a story. I can’t wait until his next book comes out! *NOTE* I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.