Minion

Minion

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by John David Anderson
     
 

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Michael Morn might be a villain, but he's really not a bad guy. When you live in New Liberty, known as the City without a Super, there are 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—which they sell to the mob at a

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Michael Morn might be a villain, but he's really not a bad guy. When you live in New Liberty, known as the City without a Super, there are 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—which they sell to the mob at a price. With Michael's "gift" and his dad's ingenuity, they find a way to get by. They provide for each other, they look out for each other, and they'd never betray each other. In a city torn apart by the divide between the rich and the poor, the moral and the immoral, this is as much of a family as Michael could ever hope for.

But then a Super comes to town, a mysterious blue streak in the sky known only as the Comet, 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.

John David Anderson, author of the ac-claimed Sidekicked, has written another story set in a world where superheroes and supervillains are everywhere but where the line between right and wrong, good and evil, is no less elusive.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
05/01/2014
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
Kirkus Reviews
2014-03-31
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)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062133137
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/24/2014
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
173,927
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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