Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Can a Regular Kid Save the Day?

When Daniel Corrigan and his family move to Noble’s Green, he is not looking forward to being the new kid. But, his grandmother is sick and needs their help.  Right away he starts noticing that the kids he meets all seem strange, but no one will acknowledge it. Luckily, it isn’t long before Daniel starts to make some friends, or at least he thinks he is making friends. It just seems that everyone has a secret they don’t want to share with him or maybe they are talking about him behind his back. A class trip brings everything into focus after the class bully, Clay, corners Daniel and backs him up until he falls out a window to his death.  Only he falls, but doesn’t die. Instead he is saved by Eric, a classmate who flies him to safety and tells him that all will be revealed to him later that night. When he is finally let in on the fact that the kids of Noble’s Green have superpowers he doesn’t quite know what to believe. Some can fly, others have superhero senses, and others are invisible. No one is quite sure how these powers came to be, but they all know the rules and the most important one is that their powers will be gone when they turn thirteen. With birthdays fast approaching, Molly tries to get Daniel to help her figure out what happens to the superkids on the eve of their thirteenth birthday. Daniel loves a good mystery, but has he gotten in over his head? Who or what takes the powers from the kids of Noble’s Green? Will Daniel and the others be able to figure out what causes the superpowers and how to keep them? Reading this book will make you want to have your own superpowers or at least have friends who can soar to great heights. 


Anyone who enjoys comic books and superheroes will be captivated by Powerless by Matthew Cody. Daniel is a character that I could easily relate to because he reads mysteries and likes to gather clues. He is also a good friend and easy to get along with throughout the story. I kept wondering how I would feel if all of my friends had superpowers and I was just ordinary. Would I be jealous? This was a fast read because the story takes off right from the first chapter. Once the mystery begins to unravel there is danger and clues to sort out. The kids of Noble’s Green are unique and fun. This is a great book for people ages 8 and up. The way the story ended made me think that there could be another book or maybe this is the start of a series. Though the story is all tied up at the end, some things happen in the last few pages that made me wonder if we would hear more about these superheroes. Start reading and see if you can crack the case and figure out what is going on in Noble’s Green.   

Has anyone else read Powerless by Matthew Cody?  Or another book by this author?  What did you think?

Happy Reading! ~L

26 comments:

  1. This sounds like something my kids might enjoy. I'm going to look into it. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Ciara- It is a fun book! I hope your kids enjoy it. ~L

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  2. What a curious little book. Haven't heard of it previously but I like the idea of a regular boy having the chance to save the day for all those extra-ordinary. Definitely will have imaginations flying... ^_^

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    1. GMR- I didn't hear of it until I picked it up from the library. The book has a lot going for it and I like that a boy without powers tries to save the day. ~L

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  3. Enjoyed by my friends children, her little boy loved it, her little girl, finding it a bit 'boyish' not so much.

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    1. Petty- I am glad your friend's son liked it. I can see how it could seem boyish- but I am a bit of a tomboy. Also, I have always wanted magical powers- like the ability to fly. ;) ~L

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  4. I know this is a book I have never heard of...but middle school books are my weakest area.

    And I have never heard of this author...

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    1. Patty- Glad to be able to introduce you to the book and the author. :) You are always doing the same for me. ~Stephanie

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  5. our family never got into the superheroes.my new son in law has been a life long fan and is slowly turning us all on to what we were missing...fun catching up. he would enjoy this book!

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    1. Annmarie- How fun that you are getting to discover the joy of superheroes with your son in law! I bet he would enjoy this one! ~L

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  6. SO reading this book now. I actually prefer kid superheroes or sidekicks. Robin is the greatest (all of them) and I love The Runaways.

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    1. Adriana- I think you will like this book! Sidekicks are definitely fun and I have always liked Robin, too! Happy reading! ~L

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  7. Another fun book. I know I'd enjoy reading this one.

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    1. Donna- It is a fun book! I think you will get a kick out of this book and the superpowers the kids have. :) ~L

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  8. Daniel sounds like a really great character.

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    1. Kelly- Daniel is a great kid. He is smart and a good friend! ~L

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  9. I've heard of this book, but never thought to read it. Now I will! Great review!

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    1. This Kid Reviews Books- I think you will like this adventure and the kids in the book are easy to relate to! ~L

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  10. Sounds like a great read! I would have felt left out if all my friends had superpowers but I didn't ... and I would've tried sooooo hard to prove that I was still powerful in my ordinary ways.

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    1. Claudine- It is a great read! I would have a hard time if all of my friends had superpowers and I didn't. I liked seeing that Daniel struggled with that very same thing. It is wonderful for kids without superpowers to see that anything is possible- and we don't need superpowers to be amazing. ~L

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  11. Wow! This sounds like one that Katertot and I BOTH would love! Superheroes and the fact that the main character has just moved to a new place make this a perfect read for us. Thank you for the fabulous review! <3

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    1. Cheles Bells- I hope you and Katertot enjoy this book! It is a fun book and anyone that has ever moved to a new place will be able to relate! A good mystery to solve, too! ~L

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  12. I need to hibernate with no interruptions to read all these great books. : )

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    1. Jeanette- I often think that I need a weekend or a few days that are only devoted to reading! THAT would be fun. ;) ~L

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  13. Oh no, this one sounds too good to miss. My TBR pile is in danger of taking over the entire house! I thoroughly enjoyed your review

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    1. Barbara- It really is a great book and it took me by surprise. So glad you enjoyed the review and I can relate to having a too big TBR pile! ;) ~L

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