The Cloak Society (Cloak Society Series #1)

The Cloak Society (Cloak Society Series #1)

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by Jeramey Kraatz
     
 

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The first in a thrilling, action-packed middle grade trilogy, which School Library Journal declared "will likely find the same wide appeal as Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson books.

The Cloak Society: An elite organization of supervillains graced with extraordinary powers. Ten years ago the Cloak Society was defeated by Sterling City's superheroes, the

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The first in a thrilling, action-packed middle grade trilogy, which School Library Journal declared "will likely find the same wide appeal as Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson books.

The Cloak Society: An elite organization of supervillains graced with extraordinary powers. Ten years ago the Cloak Society was defeated by Sterling City's superheroes, the Rangers of Justice, and vanished without a trace. But the villains have been waiting for the perfect moment to resurface. . . .

Twelve-year-old Alex Knight is a dedicated junior member of Cloak who has spent years mastering his telekinetic superpowers and preparing for the day when Cloak will rise to power again. Cloak is everything he believes in.

But during his debut mission, Alex does the unthinkable: He saves the life of a Junior Ranger of Justice. Even worse . . . she becomes his friend. And the more time he spends with her, the more Alex wonders what, exactly, he's been fighting for.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Born into the Cloak Society, a cadre of superpowered scientists gone bad, Alex Knight, a telekinetic 12-year-old, has a crisis of conscience during his first mission when he saves the life of a junior member of the Cloak Society’s mortal rivals, the Rangers of Justice. When Alex runs into Kirbie at the mall (even supervillains need to shop), his qualms about his capacity for violence flower into full-blown self-doubt. This is especially tricky since Alex’s mother’s superpower is mind-reading. Bummer! A friend tells Alex what he already knows: “ympathizing with your sworn enemy will cause you nothing but problems. I’ve read Shakespeare. I know how this sort of thing ends.” The showdown between the Cloak Society and the Rangers supplies bloodshed and devastation, but no real ending; more like a push of the pause button. Those left alive must form new alliances while they await the next episode. There’s little new in Kraatz’s debut, a Full Fathom Five property, but readers should find it easy to dig into the rapid-fire, comic book–style action. Ages 8–12. Agent: Eric Simonoff, William Morris Endeavor. (Oct.)
School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—Like many kids, Alex isn't sure he wants to continue in the family business and is struggling to find his own path. Complicating matters: the family business is super-villainy. His great-grandfather was a founding member of the Cloak Society, a team of radiation-enhanced bad guys whose powers range from controlling electricity to super strength and, in Alex's case, telekinesis. His mother, nicknamed Shade, is telepathic, which presents the ultimate kid nightmare: his mother really can read his mind. On his 12th birthday, Alex stumbles in his first field test-a bank robbery-when his powers cannot open the vault and he impulsively saves Kirbie, a shape-shifting member of The Rangers of Justice and Cloak's superhero counterparts. Alex's suspicions of Cloak's true motives, coupled with his clandestine friendship with Kirbie, make him further question his future. Does he want to use his powers as a destructive force, or can he be more than just a weapon? Alex defies his parents and Cloak, fighting with the Rangers of Justice in a climactic final battle that will leave readers eagerly waiting for what comes next. Kraatz persuasively chronicles Alex's change of heart, from the opening chapter's funny and inventive pro-villain manifesto to his growing unease and courageous decision to leave the only life he's ever known. Readers who enjoy comic-book action will appreciate the original fantasy world with a detailed backstory and myriad intriguing characters. This debut novel is a strong start to a series that will likely find the same wide appeal as Rick Riordan's "Percy Jackson" books (Hyperion).—M. Kozikowski, Sachem Public Library, Holbrook, NY
Kirkus Reviews
A young supervillain-in-training develops qualms of conscience in this deceptively earnest debut. After 10 years of lying low following a devastating defeat by the Rangers of Justice, the nefarious Cloak Society is ready for a rematch--but Alex, 12-year-old member of the Cloak's Beta Team, is suddenly having doubts. For one thing, his telekinetic power seems more suitable for no-hands origami than heavy lifting. For another, his telepathic mother, Shade, and the rest of Cloak's older generation appear to have more up their sleeves than simple domination of Sterling City, Texas. Most disturbing of all, though, encounters in battle and at the mall with shape-changing Junior Ranger Kirbie have left Alex unsure of his true capacity for evil. Along with outfitting both super factions with appropriately cool powers, names, costumes and lairs, Kraatz slips in further cultural enrichment with sly references to game theory, Shakespeare and true crimes. Unsurprisingly, the climactic fray forces members of both junior squads to become reluctant allies--and also leaves enough loose ends to fuel a sequel or six. Familiar superhero/supervillain tropes are positively shoveled into a tale that has enough psychological complexity to please readers who have not overdosed on this subgenre. (Fantasy. 11-13)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062095480
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/01/2013
Series:
Cloak Society Series, #1
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
198,693
Product dimensions:
5.24(w) x 7.64(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Jeramey Kraatz has wanted superpowers ever since he opened his first comic book as a kid. He's a graduate of Texas Christian University and the MFA writing program at Columbia University, and the author of The Cloak Society and Villains Rising. Jeramey lives in Texas, where he works in the animation industry.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Cloak Society is by far one of the best books that I have ever read. If one of my friends were in need of a book I would definity reccomend this book. Although I had to look up a couple of the words in this book, I still understood pretty much all of it. One of the reasons that I like this book so much is that Alex Knight (The main character in this book.) Has my absolute favorite superpower of all time. Telekenisis. Alex is alike me in numerous ways, so that only adds on to my satasfacion of this book. I absolutely recommend this book for you. 5 Stars, Thumbs high up. The only thing going to stop me from buying the sequel to this is,....well nothing is going to stop me from buying the sequel. (Coming out on Oct 1, 2013)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jeramey Kraatz's new book explores superhero/supervillain rivalries from the perspective of a supervillain in training. Alexander Knight wants more than anything to be a member of The Cloak Society's strike team, and he's willing to do anything and everything "for the glory of Cloak." Or is he? Kraatz creates a world where good and evil are turned upside down again and again as Alex--and readers--try to figure out who the good guys and gals really are. I am extra excited for the MOVIE version of this book. I think it would be AMAZING on the big screen and could be produced in a way that's much more kid-friendly than some of the recent comic book movies. I've got my fingers crossed that Kraatz is already hard at work on a screenplay!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cloak Society is a fantastic book with great characters and a fantastic plot. I'm anxiously awaiting the third. Every super-hero fan should read this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One word: AWSOME Inside of the superhero world, we always know of the superhero. We know of the alien life, and the tragic experince that created the life of a new superhero. We even are told of the freak accidents that give the person extraordinary powers. But what about the villian? They are mostly just super scientists, or costumed fraks. Jermy Kraatz opens our mind to the true story of supervillians. This book is about Alexander Knight. His family and himself have extraordinary powers, and are loyal to the Cloak Society, an underground home to a race of supervillians. Alex wants and loves to be a member, but is then revealed the true intentions of the Cloak Society, revenge.Alexander has a choice, live in a home who's plan is worse than taking over the world, or turn your back to the Cloak Society......forever. The later choice has consequences...........deadly ones
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever in the whole wide world everyone should have a copy it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It is truly amazing they shoul make a movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Also some more books( i know there is a second book) in the series!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just wish there was another book out
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I want to see if some pther peeps have made up a super hero.
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Kiss your hand 3 times then repost this 3 times look under your pillow
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Aweaome book
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I need to no if i shold buy it.
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