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From School Library Journal

Gr 4-7–Sixth grader Joshua Dread's life is far from ordinary. As the son of the super villains, the Dread Duo, Josh spends most of his time traveling from town to town. Living in Sheepdale for a while, Josh has adjusted to a fairly normal existence, when he becomes “gyfted” with the power of spontaneous combustion. When new girl Sophie shows up at school, Josh finds another “gyfted” teen, but Sophie is also the daughter of Captain Justice, his parents' archenemy. When his parents are taken by smoke creatures, it is up to Josh, with help from Sophie and his “ungyfted” best friend, Milton, to help save the day. Bacon has developed an entertaining and clever plot and two dynamite tweens with superpowers in this novel (Delacorte, 2012). Narrator Maxwell Glick captures the comic antics of the superheroes and villains perfectly and his voices for Joshua and Sophie reflect their unique personalities. A fun read filled with comedy and daring antics. The second book in the series, Joshua Dread: The Nameless Hero, is scheduled for September 2013 publication.–Sarah Flood, Breckinridge County Public Library, Hardinsburg, KY α(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.

About the Author

LEE BACON grew up in Texas with parents who never once tried to destroy the world (at least not that he knew of). He currently lives in Brooklyn. This is his first novel.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Series: Joshua Dread (Book 1)
  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Listening Library (Audio); Unabridged edition (May 14, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804121834
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804121835
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1.1 x 5.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,560,366 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Lee Bacon grew up in Texas with parents who never once tried to destroy the world (at least, not that he knew of). He lives in Brooklyn, New York. This is his first novel. To find out more, check out his website: www.leebaconbooks.com.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Anne on September 25, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Have you ever been embarrassed by your parents? Well, imagine how you'd feel if they tried to destroy the world. This is the situation faced by Joshua Dread, a 12-year-old boy who just wants to be a regular kid. One small problem: his parents are supervillains.

I was drawn to this book from the very first sentence: "Our class got out of sixth period early the day my parents tried to flood the earth." Lee Bacon immediately throws the reader into the excitement. The world is ending, Joshua's parents are to blame, and the only one who can stop them is the famed superhero Captain Justice. But as the story goes on, we come to see the characters on a deeper level. Joshua's parents aren't just stock villains. They're real, well rounded characters who actually care about their son. And Captain Justice isn't as flawless as he might look at first glance.

The descriptions of Joshua's home life were creative and laugh-out-loud funny. His mom (aka, the Botanist), who has the power to control plants with her mind, keeps zombies in the basement and has invented a mutant ficus (named Micus) that seems to have a grudge against Joshua. His Dad (aka, Dr. Dread) scatters his half-finished inventions around the house and advises Joshua about how to deal with bullies.

After a string of bizarre accidents (an exploding pencil, a butt-shaped burn mark in the carpet) Joshua finds out that he has a superpower, too. Of course, his parents want him to use it for evil, but Joshua's not so sure. His life is further complicated by the arrival of Sophie, the mysterious new girl at school who seems to be hiding something.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By thomas a. watson on October 4, 2012
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I'm not going to summarize the plot, as that's already been done. Let me just say I was very entertained by the tale. Joshua Dread has everything you could want in a book: heroes, villians, sci-fi elements, teen angst & Dr. Pepper! Having grown up in Texas (as did the author) I laughed out loud when the subject of refreshments came up and they opted for the good Dr. Aside from including my favorite soft drink, it's a tale of good and evil, of double cross and of world domination. Joshua has his hands full throughout the story, attempting to juggle his school work, keeping secrets, his own burgeoning super powers, and 'the new girl'. All this with super-villian parents in the kitchen intent on global destruction. There is already a second book in the works and a series is promised. With his foray into the world of youth-oriented adventure, Lee Bacon has joined the ranks of Donald J. Sobol (Encyclopedia Brown), Gertrude Chandler Warren (the Boxcar Children), and (dare I say it?) yes, even J.K.Rowling. I'm looking forward to the next adventure!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Teacherrates on August 2, 2013
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Please understand that all my reviews focus on the interests of my middle school students. I never do a full plot synopsis in a review and try to give as little away as possible.

I try to read the first book in as many series of YA books as I can so that I can speak knowledgeably about the book with my seventh graders. With the huge growth in the YA category, this means I very seldom have time to read anything else and this makes me feel like I'm missing out on a lot.

Then, I come across something like the Lightning Thief, The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp, Powerless, etc., and I realize that you can only have this kind of fun with kids' books. Now, I can add Joshua Dread to that list, and I can assure you I would not have chosen to read it if I were not a middle school reading teacher trying to do his job. And you know what? My life would have had less adventure and fun in it.

As the book started, I was afraid the reading level was going to be too low for me to enjoy it (the book garners only 7 AR points). But things changed fast, and I soon found myself so engrossed in the building adventure that before I knew it, I was reading the last page.

This is a debut novel? No way! But it's true; and in my opinion it ranks right up there with Rick Riordan's The Lightning Thief (as a debut). As a native Texan, I am proud that Lee Bacon can join Kaleb Nation in proving that Texas produces steers and great YA authors (and bulls, too).

The basic premise of the plot is that the first person narrator, sixth grader Joshua Dread, is the son of supervillian parents. As the book opens, his parents are engaged in a plot to destroy the world through weather control. Fortunately, the plot is derailed by the super hero Captain Justice.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Blue Monster 65 on January 20, 2013
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Yes, others have written essentially the same book, but Bacon pulls this one off easily. Reading this to a fifth grade classroom, the kids are wrapt in attention and throrougly enjoying the book. I originally checked this out of our local library to read for myself and enjoyed it so much I bought a copy. I - and the students I'm reading it to - are looking forward to a sequel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sara VINE VOICE on November 6, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Joshua Dread just can't catch a break... he's not exactly popular at school and to top it off his home life is top secret. After all, his parents are supervillains and are hardly loved by the public. If kids at school knew his parents were the Dread Duo, he'd be even more unpopular. Even his best friend Milton is in the dark about who Joshua really is, but of that starts to change when a new student, Sophie, moves to town.

I love that Joshua Dread has the potential to appeal to a wide variety of audiences. Though it has been marketed as middle grade, and is sure to appeal to boys who love superheros and comics and girls who love adventure, its laugh-out-loud humor and clever details are sure to appeal to teens and adults as well.

Though the actual plot of Joshua Dread may not always be entirely unique or surprising, the details give the novel a fresh feel. I especially loved Joshua's mother's experiments. Readers won't soon forget her tofu-eating zombies and mutant ficus, Micus.

Overall, Joshua Dread was a fun start to a new series that is sure to gain a quick following.
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