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The Amazing Adventures of Nate Banks #1: Secret Identity Crisis Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 2010


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 880L (What's this?)
  • Series: The Amazing Adventures Of Nate Banks (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks (May 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545156696
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545156691
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 6.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #775,900 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Scattered with references to comic-book creators throughout history and inhabited by original superheroes with names like Phantom Ranger and Zilch, it’s clear that Bell knows his super-lore backwards and forwards. What bodes well for the new Amazing Adventures of Nate Banks series is that he’s also well acquainted with the internal life of your average sixth-grade comics fan. It’s wish fulfillment in spades, as the small town of Kanigher Falls gets its first superhero in the form of white-and-purple clad Ultraviolet, who Nate Banks just knows is really his history teacher, Ms. Meadows. The trick is proving it, of course, and as Nate follows the evidence into an unexpected and sinister plot, Bell imparts a lesson about genuine courage and responsibility with little pedantry but lots of panache. He also offers up the unique and convincing character of a slightly melancholy and ambivalent superhero who manages to be vulnerable at the same time that she’s invulnerable, right up to a slam bang, cinematic climax. Includes a short comic book for extra zing. Grades 4-6. --Jesse Karp

About the Author

Jake Bell has worked as a TV sports anchor, a radio disc jockey, an amusement park bathroom cleaner, and a magician. He lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with his two kids.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Lindstrom on August 8, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Great new series for kids, pre teens, and fun loving adults! What a great surprise! I was looking for a new series to get started on and this one was a winner. It sets the stage for exciting things to come, with a great hero at the center of the story, with Nate Banks. For those looking for what will truly be the next big thing, you should rush out and get this book and give it to your kids to read. I already have the first two, and am looking forward to the third. Full of action, excitement, cool comic book references, and some neat lessons for kids about perseverance! A winner!
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By Kay on March 19, 2014
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This book is really good and funny, too. I enjoyed the characters and plot. I recommend it, especially to boys.
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By Theresa on April 11, 2011
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This is a wonderful new series for children and adults. If you have ever thought about being a superhero or just like them, then you should buy this book. If you are not that into comic book "things", you will still love it. The characters are fun and can take you to a new world. Jake Bell does an outstanding job of introducing us to each character and setting up the story so that it is easy to follow. This will make a great addition to your book collection.
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By Crissy Healy on August 12, 2010
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I read this book in between some heavier novels and it was really refreshing and fun. It is written in such a way that I believe the intended audience can relate to and learn what it is to be a super-hero. I really loved the speech that the main character, Nate, gives.

Definitely will check out book two!!!
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More About the Author

When Jake Bell first declared his intention to become an author when he was seven years old, his mother offered him one piece of advice in pursuing his dream: "Make sure you get a good day job." In the years that followed, Jake found work as a TV sports anchor, a radio disc jockey, a stagehand, a movie studio intern, a file clerk at a law office, an NFL scoreboard operator, a bagel baker, a stockboy in a woman's clothing store, a marketing consultant, a pipefitter, a magician, a cameraman, and an amusement park bathroom cleaner.

Unfortunately, he wasn't getting much writing done. So, during a stint of unemployment, he sat down and wrote SECRET IDENTITY CRISIS, the first book in the AMAZING ADVENTURES OF NATE BANKS series.

Jake lives in Phoenix, Arizona with his two kids, from whom he regularly poaches idea for his books.

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