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Captain Nobody Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Pitchford, Dean

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ISBN: 0142416673     ISBN-13: 9780142416679
Publisher: Puffin
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: May 2010

Annotation: When his super-star older brother gets into an accident and ends up in a coma, Newt's two best friends decide to cheer him up by taking him out on Halloween, but in creating and wearing a special costume for the evening's events, Newt, who has always been extremely shy, discovers superhero powers within himself that he never knew he had and the courage to help others in need. Reprint.
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Library of Congress Subjects:
Halloween; Fiction.
Brothers; Fiction.
Heroes; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Self-esteem & Self-reliance
- Juvenile Fiction | Family | Siblings
- Juvenile Fiction | Holidays & Celebrations | Halloween
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2010012767
Lexile Measure: 750
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.25" H x 5.50" W x 0.75" (0.35 lbs) 195 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 131362
Reading Level: 4.7   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 5.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q47761
Reading Level: 4.6   Interest Level: Grades 3-5   Point Value: 10.0
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Contributor Bio(s): Dean Pitchford, author of The Big One-Oh and Captain Nobody, starred on Broadway in Pippin and Godspell before turning to songwriting and screenwriting. His multimillion-selling songs include the Oscar-winning “Fame,” “Footloose,” “Holding Out for a Hero” and “After All.” He has been nominated for four Academy Awards, five Grammys and two Tonys. His stage musical adaptation of Footloose played over 700 performances on Broadway and is now being produced around the world.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2010 Spring)
After his football-star older brother is injured and falls into a coma, Newt Newman dreams up a creative way to come to everyone's rescue. Creating an alter-ego superhero, Captain Nobody, Newt finds surprising courage and strength. In this humorous and poignant story about the power of the little guy, readers will relate to Newt's quest to be noticed and make a difference. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2009 July #4)

Tired of being ignored by classmates, Newt and his two best friends decide to create Halloween costumes that will make them stand out and let them discover their "inner other.... who we would be if we didn't have to be us." But before Halloween arrives, 10-year-old Newt's world shatters: his football star brother, Chris, is knocked unconscious in the season's final game and lies comatose in the hospital. At the last minute, Newt fashions a superhero Halloween costume from Chris's old clothes and dubs himself Captain Nobody. Wearing this outfit during the ensuing days, Newt ushers home a lost man with dementia, foils a jewelry-store robbery and inadvertently brings traffic to a standstill, clearing the freeway just in time for a plane's emergency landing. Despite his spotlight-grabbing heroics, the frustrated boy laments, "I can't even save my own brother." Though Pitchford (The Big One-Oh) builds suspense adeptly, the novel takes some improbable turns. Yet the young narrator's earnest voice—and his raw sense of helplessness—are real and affecting. Ages 8–12. (July)

[Page 63]. Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2009 September)

Gr 3–6—Ten-year-old Newt Newman is used to fading into the background: his parents are workaholics; his brother, Chris, is a high school football star; and he and his best buddies, JJ and Cecil, are ignored at school. Determined to get noticed this Halloween, the three friends vow to come up with original costumes. But then Chris takes a hit and is knocked into a coma during the Big Game. Worried about his brother, and with his parent camped out at the hospital, Newt has no interest in creating a costume. When JJ and Cecil arrive at his house for trick-or-treating, they help him transform an assortment of Chris's outgrown clothes into a get-up for a new superhero: Captain Nobody! Enjoying the newfound confidence he experiences behind his mask, Newt continues to wear the costume, and opportunities start cropping up for him to save the day—whether helping a confused old man find his way home or stopping a jewelry store robbery, Captain Nobody gets the job done. But when it comes to his brother's coma, even Captain Nobody is powerless…or is he? Newt is a likable individual, albeit quite mature for 10. Secondary characters are somewhat stereotypical, but they don't get in the way of the story's fast pace and charm. Pitchford's screenwriting background is apparent: the book reads like a summertime feel-good movie. Kids who have longed for their own superhero powers will eat this up.—Kim Dare, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA

[Page 171]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
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