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Contributor(s): Lupica, Mike

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ISBN: 0142419605     ISBN-13: 9780142419601
Publisher: Puffin
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Published: July 2011
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Annotation: Fourteen-year-old Zach learns he has the same special abilities as his father, who was the President's globe-trotting troubleshooter until "the Bads" killed him, and now Zach must decide whether to use his powers in the same way at the risk of his own life.
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Library of Congress Subjects:
Heroes; Fiction.
Fathers and sons; Fiction.
Politics, Practical; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2011018881
Lexile Measure: 730
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.25" H x 5.50" W x 0.75" (0.65 lbs) 289 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 139482
Reading Level: 4.6   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 8.0
 
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Contributor Bio(s): ke Lupica (www.mikelupicabooks.com) is a nationally syndicated sportswriter for the New York Daily News and a television personality on ESPN's The Sports Reporters. He lives in Connecticut.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2011 Spring)
Zach is devastated to learn that his father, an advisor to the president, has been killed in a plane crash. Holding out hope that Dad isn't really dead, Zach visits the crash site. He runs into a mysterious old man--and finds out about his own superpowers. Lupica has crafted a tight, suspenseful superhero adventure; a sequel seems likely. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2010 October #4)

Sportswriter and novelist Lupica (Million-Dollar Throw) offers a change of pace from his previous sports stories for younger readers, deftly reworking the traditional superhero origin story into a moving tale of adolescent growth. Shortly after his father dies in a plane accident, 14-year-old Zach Harriman discovers that his father was more than just a highly placed government adviser; he might have been a superhero. As he investigates his father's death, he meets an old man named Mr. Herbert, who claims that Zach has magic within him, and Zach soon discovers that the mild hints of power he'd shown--a sixth sense about danger and an ability to heal quickly--are only the tip of the iceberg. Lupica nicely coaxes sympathy for characters who are immersed in privilege (only Zach's friend Kate, who lives with her housekeeper mother in Zach's huge Fifth Avenue apartment, doesn't exude wealth), instead focusing on Zach's grief, his conflicting emotions over his discoveries, and his uncertainty over who to trust. As superhero stories go, it follows a classic arc, but Lupica's characters avoid cliché. Ages 10–up. (Nov.)

[Page ]. Copyright 2010 PWxyz LLC

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2010 December)

Gr 6–10—In a major departure from his YA sports fiction, the popular Lupica opts for a high-concept, high-octane action thriller. When the father he idolizes dies in a covert government operation, 14-year-old Billy Harriman is determined to find out who killed him, and why. In the course of his investigation he discovers that his father had superpowers, and that he has inherited them. Guided by a mysterious older man who identifies himself as Mr. Herbert, and supported by his wise and sassy girlfriend Kate, Billy begins to come to terms with his destiny. As his socially prominent mother assumes a leading role in the campaign of the presidential candidate his father had backed, Billy finds himself at odds with his father's old friend (and mother's current advisor). The teen eventually becomes convinced that Uncle John is allied with the forces responsible for his father's death. After he uses his superpowers to thwart an assassination attempt on the candidate, he confronts Uncle John, who remains evasive about his involvement with the shadowy organization that seems to have targeted Billy and his family. With all the major issues unresolved at the novel's end, the stage is set for a sequel to what looks like a surefire hit.—Richard Luzer, Fair Haven Union High School, VT

[Page 118]. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
 
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