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Superheroes soar in this promising debut—and they’re kids!

Twelve-year-old Daniel, the new kid in town, soon learns the truth about his nice—but odd—new friends: one can fly, another can turn invisible, yet another controls electricity. Incredible. The superkids use their powers to secretly do good in the town, but they’re haunted by the fact that the moment they turn thirteen, their abilities will disappear—along with any memory that they ever...

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Overview

Superheroes soar in this promising debut—and they’re kids!

Twelve-year-old Daniel, the new kid in town, soon learns the truth about his nice—but odd—new friends: one can fly, another can turn invisible, yet another controls electricity. Incredible. The superkids use their powers to secretly do good in the town, but they’re haunted by the fact that the moment they turn thirteen, their abilities will disappear—along with any memory that they ever had them. Is a memory-stealing supervillain sapping their powers?

The answers lie in a long-ago meteor strike, a World War II–era comic book (Fantastic Futures, starring the first superhero, Johnny Noble), the green-flamed Witch Fire, a hidden Shroud cave, and—possibly, unbelievably—“powerless” regular-kid Daniel himself.

Superhero kids meet comic book mystery in this action-filled debut about the true meaning of a hero.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In a wholly satisfying debut, Cody tackles themes of heroism, sacrifice and coming-of-age, as played out in a comic book–inspired good vs. evil scenario. Soon after arriving in the small town of Noble's Green, Pa., where his family has moved to take care of his ailing grandmother, 12-year-old Daniel Corrigan discovers the existence of real-life superheroes. In this town, certain kids develop superpowers, which they use in secret to perform good deeds (for the most part). One catch: as soon as they turn 13, their powers and all related memories vanish. As Daniel forges a friendship with these extraordinary youths, he uses good old-fashioned investigative skills rather than superhuman abilities to uncover the secret of their powers' origins and the dark force that has been preying on the town's children for decades. What do comic books from the 1940s, a pulp hero, a burned-down orphanage and a pair of superhuman bullies have to do with the mystery? It all comes together in a tightly woven narrative characterized by a persuasive premise, memorable characters, a bit of intrigue and a sense of wonder. Ages 10–up. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Jeanna Sciarrotta
The sign Daniel sees upon moving to his new town Nobles Green proclaims it the "safest town on Earth." Daniel himself might call it the strangest as he encounters some very "different" kids when he and his family move in with his ailing Grandmother. The kids of Nobles Green all exhibit some form of ability that they hide from the outside world. Daniel is lucky enough to be brought into the group and the six super kids explain to him their history and how they strive to do only good with their powers and keep Nobles Green safe. Unfortunately, the day each kid reaches his or her thirteenth birthday, the powers disappear, as does any memory of ever having them. Daniel and the group need to figure out why this is happening so that they can stop it before there is no one left to protect the town. In his debut novel, Matthew Cody will find an immediate fan club in comic book lovers, as there is a unique tie in between the Super Kids and a World War II comic. This novel brings back the classic good versus evil in its truest sense. Older elementary school and middle school readers will love the mystery surrounding the characters and eagerly follow Daniel on his quest to help save the Super Kids before it is too late and none of them are able to remember who they were and what they did. Reviewer: Jeanna Sciarrotta
School Library Journal
Gr 5–7—When Daniel Corrigan and his family move to Noble's Green, he notices that some of the kids there seem rather odd. After one of them miraculously saves his life, they admit that they have superpowers, but that they come with a price. They will lose them, and all memory of ever having them, when they turn 13. Because Daniel is the only one without these talents who knows about them, it becomes clear that he must find out who or what is sapping his friends' unusual abilities. Eric, their leader, believes that the secret lies in a series of old comics about a superhero named Johnny Noble, but Daniel's investigation reveals a far more sinister and dangerous villain, and the children must somehow defeat this monster. This book is a loving tribute to comic books and superhero stories. It starts out slow, but gradually gains a momentum that leads to a genuinely affecting conclusion. This is definitely a good pick for reluctant readers.—Tim Wadham, St. Louis County Library, MO
Kirkus Reviews
Resembling a Golden Age comic without the pictures, this tale pits a group of small-town children with superpowers-call them "preteen titans"-against a shadowy menace that robs them of those powers on their 13th birthdays. Coming to town with his family to care for his dying grandma, Daniel quickly spots his neighbor Mollie and her friends performing incredible feats. Soon he's in their confidence, as they demonstrate combinations of super-speed, super-strength, enhanced senses and the ability to turn invisible. All of them can also hear the clock ticking, however. Gifted not with superpowers but a sharp mind and a fondness for Sherlock Holmes stories, Daniel sets out to discover how and why his new friends, like generations of their predecessors, are being robbed of their abilities. Where those abilities come from never enters in, but the obligatory wily supervillain does, leading to a titanic climactic battle. Cody wears his influences on his sleeve, but has some fun with them (one lad's "power" is a super-stench) and crafts a tribute that, unlike M.T. Anderson's Whales On Stilts (2005), is more admiring than silly. (Fantasy. 10-12)
School Library Journal
Gr 5–7—Noble's Green is the "safest place on Earth." At least that's what the sign says when 12-year-old Daniel and his family move there to live with his cancer-stricken grandmother. His neighbor, Mollie, and her friends soon become his friends, and he discovers that they all have superpowers that many of them use to protect their town. Although Daniel doesn't have a superpower, he is very smart and loves detective stories like Sherlock Holmes, which come into play as he works to discover why the children have these powers, and why they lose them upon reaching their 13th birthday. A fire in an old orphanage, a meteor strike, a scary abandoned quarry, a comic book hero from the 1940s named Johnny Noble, and a villain in disguise all play a part in the mystery's solution. Matthew Cody's novel (Knopf, 2009) is narrated by Gary Dikeos. He provides a unique voice for each of the main characters, and his pacing and tone convey the excitement of this celebration of comic books and the true meaning of a hero from the tale's beginning through the inevitable battle between good and evil in the final chapters. A good choice for reluctant readers.—Ann Brownson, Ballenger Teachers Center, Booth Library, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780606222310
  • Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/2011
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
  • Pages: 279
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Matthew Cody divides his time between writing and teaching college English. He lives with his wife and young son in New York City, where he is at work on his next novel for Knopf.

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Powerless


By Matthew Cody

Knopf Books for Young Readers

Copyright © 2009 Matthew Cody
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780375955952

Chapter One


The New Kid

Welcome to Noble's Green, Pennsylvania—
The Safest Town on Earth!

The safest town on earth? thought Daniel. Couldn't sound lamer.

Daniel Corrigan and his family saw the sign from their car just a few miles outside town. When it came into view, Daniel's father honked the horn of their minivan as his mother clapped her hands. Of course Daniel's baby brother, Georgie, had to join in, squealing with delight while kicking his plump legs against his car seat. Georgie was only two years old and he always just assumed that everyone was clapping for him, which was usually the case. Daniel's parents clapped when Georgie smiled or spoke or even burped.

Instead of joining in the applause, Daniel just buried his nose deeper in his book. His mom warned him over and over again that reading in the car would make him sick, but he did it anyway. The Sherlock Holmes mystery The Hound of the Baskervilles was one of his favorites. Daniel had a thing for detective stories, and Sherlock Holmes was the best detective ever. Period. While Daniel was completely aware that a middle-aged, pipe-smoking British sleuth was not the typical hero of the average twelve-year-old boy, peer pressure meant little to him. He liked spending his time amidst the gaslit streets and horse-drawn carriages,the dangerous arch-criminals and, of course, trusty sidekick Dr. Watson.

Daniel sometimes wished for a trusty sidekick. All he had was Georgie, who was too young to be of much help in anything. With a sidekick like Georgie, not even Holmes would have solved many crimes, thought Daniel. He would have been too busy clapping all the time.

Besides, Daniel understood something that Georgie didn't--that his parents were clapping to get their minds off why they were moving in the first place. They were moving to Noble's Green because that was where Gram lived, and she was very, very sick. For Daniel, the best way to escape that sad fact was to disappear between the covers of a well-read book.

The moving truck was waiting for them by the time the family minivan turned onto Elm Lane, the Corrigan family's new address. The truck was backed into the driveway as far as it could reach--it was one of those big tractor-trailer types and the front cab stuck out into the street. He didn't understand why they would need all that stuff, even if they were going to be here for a long time. The thought of their old apartment sitting empty back in Philadelphia filled Daniel with a strange sadness.
When they pulled up, the movers were already unloading the truck.

"C'mon, Daniel," said his dad. "We'll let your mom go in and tell your gram that we're here. I'll give you the grand tour."

"Watch yourself getting out of the car, honey," said his mom as she unbuckled Georgie from his car seat. "The oncoming traffic can't see you with that big truck in the way."

His dad smiled as he gestured to the giant wraparound porch. "Pretty cool, huh?"
Gram's house was two stories tall, three if you counted the attic, and the whole thing was painted a sort of pale blue, with white doors and window frames.

"You'll get the attic bedroom--it's got a great view of the mountain--and Georgie will sleep in the one next to ours."

Daniel didn't say anything; he just focused on not looking impressed.
They ended their tour at the back of the house, next to a set of double doors. They were closed, but Daniel could hear the sound of laughter on the other side.
Daniel's father knocked very gently, and a small voice answered from the other side, "Come on in!"

His father put his hand on Daniel's shoulder and gave him a reassuring squeeze, then opened the door.

The master bedroom was bright and airy. Floor-to-ceiling windows covered two of the walls, and the light filtered down through the trees, shining in beams along the dark wood floor. A large four-poster bed sat in the middle, and there was a soft sofa against one of the windows. Daniel's mother was holding Georgie in her lap while a woman in a nurse's uniform perched on a stool, reading a women's magazine. And there, seated on the edge of the bed, was Gram. She looked thinner than he remembered and her hair seemed whiter, even though it had only been a few months since she had last visited them in Philadelphia. A small plastic hose extended from her nostrils to a tank around her waist, but she was smiling.

His father leaned down and whispered, "It's okay. Why don't you go and give your gram a hug?"

"I know. I look like something out of a movie, hooked up to all these contraptions. Robo-Gram," she said.

Daniel's initial trepidation melted away when he saw Gram wink in his direction. She might not look as strong as he remembered, but she sounded just like her old self.
He walked over and wrapped his arms around her. His gram used to smell of stale perfume and hair spray, but now she smelled of something he didn't recognize, something mediciney. Daniel could feel the bones of her rib cage through her shirt.
She must have read Daniel's mind. "Yeah, I'm as skinny as a bird, aren't I? It's the food they've got me on. No one around here understands the healing power of fat and grease! But together, maybe we can convince them. What do you say to some burgers and fries?"

Daniel smiled as she patted his cheek. "You bet!" he answered. "Milkshakes?"
"Well, of course! Milkshakes go without saying."

They went on like that for a while, with Gram teasing and making Daniel laugh. It wasn't until Georgie started to get restless that Daniel's mother decided to break up the fun.

"Daniel, why don't you take your little brother outside for a bit? Let us talk for a while."


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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2012

    *****

    Amazing. It was such a cool book to read, especially the superheroes. It's a definite page turner. Surprises are everywhere. Sydney, age 10.

    20 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    Best book ever

    Powerless is an awesone thrilling book about kids that have super powers but the second they they turn 13they lose there powers.I hope that whoever that has not read this book read it the second you see the reviews.

    13 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2012

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    This is a awesome book. You should deffinatley try it out sometime. The book was so good to me that I read it over five times. It it is full of mystery and life when you read this book it automatically takes you into the book and it is like you are watching the story like a really good movie

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2011

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    This book is the best it has alot of suspense it is awesome u should get it

    10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2011

    BEST BOOK EVER!!!

    Totally love the action, and suspense, and the great vibes it gives off!

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    Posted March 5, 2012

    Vote for this book so that it can win Newberry Medal ( or thats what i think the award is)

    Amazingly awesomley fantastic!!! Thats all I got to say. YOU BETTER READ IT!! WHY ARE YOU WAITING!!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2012

    Awesome!

    You have to read this book. It is so good! When it ended I was so sad that it over. It is totally worth the money! I luv it!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2012

    Awesome book

    This book makes me long for a sequel, good good book,

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    RECOMEND IT TO EVERYONE!

    It was so fun that i couldnt stop reading. Its about these kids that have special abilities and when they turn 13, they lose their powers because of something about a world war veteran, an old comic an

    6 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2011

    spectacular

    ive read like 20 pages and it already one of my favorites

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  • Posted June 9, 2011

    Greart

    Great+book.+Totally+reccomended

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2012

    Can't wait!

    I definerly cannot wait to read this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2012

    The best... creative and discriptive!!

    Way too good for words!!! TOTALLY WORTH THE $$$!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2012

    Read this now

    Powerless is great. It's charecters are beast. My teacher read it to me. Don't forget to look for clouse in the book.
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    Posted November 15, 2011

    Great book

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  • Posted September 17, 2011

    great read

    This was a fantastic book, I couldn't even put it down. Has a great mystery and tons of action. Read this book!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2012

    BEST. BOOK? BEST. BOOK. EVER.

    This book was awesome! You should totally read it!;)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2012

    AMAZING

    THIS BOOK IS REALLY GOOD

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2012

    The best

    My teacher read it to about 1 to 2chapters a day we never wanted her to stop i lovved a least get the sample

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2012

    OMG!!!!

    This is soooo amazing! I really want to buy it... but i dont know how much is in my account & my parents have me a limit :( but im adding it to my wish list so i can buy it w/ my own money... CANT WAIT TO BUY IT!!!

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