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Captain Awesome, Soccer Star Paperback – August 28, 2012

4.7 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
Book 5 of 18 in the Captain Awesome Series

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About the Author

Stan Kirby tied a beach towel around his neck and became Super Commander Beach Boy when he was six years old. When Stan’s not creating the awesome adventures of Captain Awesome, he loves reading comic books, eating okra, and hang gliding (but not at the same time).

George O’Connor is the creator of the New York Times bestselling graphic novel series Olympians, in addition to serving as the illustrator of the Captain Awesome series. He is also the author and illustrator of the picture books Kapow!, Ker-splash, and If I Had a Triceratops. He resides in his secret Brooklyn, New York, hideout, where he uses his amazing artistic powers to strike fear in the hearts of bad guys everywhere!

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CHAPTER 1

Fall Falls on
Captain Awesome


By

Eugene

FALL!

Is there a worse name for a season than “fall”? Eugene McGillicudy thought as he walked home from Sunnyview Elementary School where he had just escaped from second grade.

Fall. Who names a season after an accident? Are there other seasons called “trip” or “crash” or “oops”?

NO.

So why name it “fall”? Is it really because the leaves are turning color and falling off the trees and that snow might soon be falling from the sky?

Really?

Whatever the reason, it is certainly better than “autumn.” I’d bet no one even knows what that word means, Eugene thought.

Fall was the most boring, BORING, BO-RING time of year between the start of the school year and winter break—a time when NOTHING happens.

Oh sure, you can say that there’s Halloween, but that’s really only for one day and sometimes it rains. Thanksgiving? What really happens on Thanksgiving besides a lot of eating, falling asleep in front of the television, and having to listen to wrinkly old relatives say, “Oh, my! Look how big so-and-so has gotten!”

So yeah, there’s nothing.

KA-THUNKK!

“OUCH!” cried Eugene, his thoughts now focused on things hitting his head.

I’m under attack! Eugene thought and dove for cover behind a tree. But who could it be?!

KA-THUNKK!

“Ouch!” Something bounced off of his head again.

“Curse you, Captain Ka-Thunk! I know it’s you!” Eugene quickly poked his head out from behind the tree and shouted. “You’ll not ka-thunk the number one fan of Super Dude without a fight!”

What’s that?

You’ve never heard of Super Dude?

Do you live in a crater on the moon? Actually, if you’ve never heard of Super Dude, then you’d have to live in a crater on the dark side of the moon.

Super Dude is only the greatest superhero ever. He is the star of mountains and mountains of comic books, all of which Eugene owned.

Following Super Dude’s example, Eugene created his own outfit and became . . .

CAPTAIN AWESOME!

Along with his best friend, Charlie Thomas Jones (also known as the superhero Nacho Cheese Man), and sidekick, Turbo the Hamster, Eugene formed the Sunnyview Superhero Squad to stop evil from eviling in the town of Sunnyview. Sunnyview had a surprising amount of eviling going on.

KA-THUNKK!

Again.

OUCH!

ACORNS!

If it wasn’t Captain Ka-Thunk or his Thunkulicious Thunkers, it could only mean one thing!

High in the tree, General Squirrel Nuthatch was chittering away in his rodent language while staring angrily at Eugene. He held another Atomic Acorn in his paws.

“So, General Nuthatch, it seems you have escaped from the Nut House for evil rodents!” Eugene called up. “But it was, dare I say, nuts of you to return to Sunnyview to unleash your attack! You and your Atomic Acorns will be a threat to the good people of Sunnyview no longer, for you have ka-thunked the number one Squirrel Stopper in the universe!

“You’ve gotten a little too squirrely for your own good, Nuthatch! There’s gonna be more than leaves falling off trees this autumn!” Captain Awesome cried out in his most awesome superhero voice.

“MI-TEE!” Captain Awesome shouted as he leaped his bravest leap. . . .
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 740L (What's this?)
  • Series: Captain Awesome (Book 5)
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Little Simon (August 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442443316
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442443310
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 7.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,702 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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We chose this rating because it kept us interested and wanting more from beginning to end. We would recommend this book for kids who don't really like to read, because these books make us want to read more. So if you have a child that is not a good reader they'll turn into an even better reader and beg for more.
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My 8 yr old has had some trouble reading -- until we found THIS series!! He loves it, and I've just ordered the rest of the series for him. He received books 1, 2, & 3 for Christmas and finished all three by January 6! I'm so pleased to have found something he enjoys reading, and CAN read!
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After finishing the "Nate the Great" series my eight year old struggled to find a book he could read that had humor, adventure, a little mystery and a smart boy leading character. This Captain Awesome series fit the bill. He liked them so much he took them to school and shared them with his friends. And they made listening to him read to me 20 minutes a day fun too.
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My 8-year-old third grader has trouble reading at "level," but he wants chapter books (not baby books). These are perfect for boys! Suddenly my child, who has never willingly read anything, asked me to get him more in the series! This book has it all, but it's a "big kid" format with very easy reading (that will do wonders to encourage struggling readers).

I imagine it's perfect for second grade, and maybe an advanced first grader.
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Its nice to have a series of chapter books for boys. I can't tell you how hard it is to find books like the Captain Awesome. I love them and so does my son. Thank You!
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Following in the same vein as previous books in this series, Eugene and Charlie fill each chapter with non-stop action making for a speedy, exciting non-stop read that tugs at what appeals to boys. Fun story with a value learned. Eugene loves soccer and joins up only to find one catastrophe after another: his dad is coach, the team is co-ed meaning Meredith is there, he can't kick the ball without fulling over, the evil WHISTLEBLOWER is the referee and he receives a yellow card when he arrives on the field in his Captain Awesome uniform. After this final strategy it is his best friend that makes him realize that he, Eugene McGillicudy, is the super hero, not the cape. Even without the cape and the costume he can still stop the evil from eviling! Captain Awesome is always fast-paced and fun! Highly recommended for new chapterbook readers of all ages.
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I love captain awesome. It's one of the best books I have ever read. :). I Finished This Book In 1 Day. I think you will LOVE this book because I know I did!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)
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