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The Secret Super Powers of Marco

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Marco believes he has special powers that help him make friends with the class bully and deal with some tough situations in the rough neighborhood where they live.

Marco believes he has special powers that help him make friends with the class bully and deal with some tough situations in the rough neighborhood where they live.

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Overview

Marco believes he has special powers that help him make friends with the class bully and deal with some tough situations in the rough neighborhood where they live.

Marco believes he has special powers that help him make friends with the class bully and deal with some tough situations in the rough neighborhood where they live.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Ever since he was three and escaped through a window wearing a red cape, Marco has been convinced that he possesses secret powers that will save him from danger. As the new kid in a sometimes rough urban neighborhood, Marco has particular need of his secret powers--especially when he almost gets caught breaking off car antennas on the ``bad end of the street.'' Marco's direct first-person narrative conveys his personal take on his efforts to grow up to be the ``good person'' his mother wants him to be, but it loses focus in chasing several tangents. A major plot line centers on Marco's friendship with Tyrone, a bully in his class, and on the conflicts Marco faces when Tyrone is caught stealing from Marco's uncle. It is never entirely clear whether Marco's ``powers'' are indeed real or wholly imaginary, and references to them become irritating. The end result is a story that offers up more problems and themes than it can effectively handle. Ages 8-12. (June)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Marco, his Mom, and baby sister Ritzi live just on the fringe of the really bad part of town. Marco's belief in his special powers helps him turn Tyrone, the neighborhood bully, into a friend. Together they rescue Ritzi from a supposed kidnapper, and Marco's dog from a dognapper. With Marco's urging and support, Tyrone confesses to petty theft and starts to get his life on the right track. 1995 (orig.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-Marco, a winsome inner-city boy with street smarts; a soft heart for his mom, sister, uncle, and dog; and a firm belief that he has supernatural powers, befriends Tyrone, a hyperactive neighborhood bully. As the two test their friendship, they rescue Marco's dog from a local derelict, attack an undercover policeman whom they believe is kidnapping his sister, and work in his uncle's store. Characters are deftly developed in this brief, simply written novel. Marco's mother and uncle provide support, security, and love to both boys; in a particularly touching scene, Uncle Albert forgives Tyrone for stealing cigarettes from his store and gives him a second chance. Tyrone, with his spirit and loyalty to his new friends, rises above the classic neglected, misunderstood loner stereotype. And Marco, a likable, upbeat fourth grader, is a real charmer. He seems to have an extraordinary amount of freedom to roam for a child his age, given the drug-infested, crime-ridden neighborhood in which he lives, which gives the book a somewhat unrealistic foundation, but it is a fast-paced, thoroughly entertaining read.-Trev Jones, School Library Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780967447742
  • Publisher: Montemayor Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/1994
  • Pages: 104
  • Age range: 7 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.88 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 0.33 (d)

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