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Dull Boy Hardcover – May 14, 2009
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From School Library Journal
Grade 7 Up—Avery Pirzwick is not at all dull. He pretends to be, since being different can be dangerous. He keeps his superpowers (he is incredibly strong and able to fly) secret from everyone, even his parents. Convinced that with great power comes great responsibility, he patrols his town, trying to right wrongs. After a few "strength malfunctions," he's sent to an alternative school for troubled youth and eventually meets some other teens who are equally extraordinary (e.g., Darla is a super genius, Catherine has razor-sharp fingernails, and Nicholas has a dangerous vortex raging in his chest). Together, Avery and his pals realize that they are not freaks; they even become heroes when they catch a mugger and rescue a lost scout troop. Meanwhile, the icy, mysterious Cherchette—an adult with superpowers—promises to help them reach their full potential if they will live with her. The kids eventually learn the truth about her nefarious plans, and a sequel is obvious at the book's end. Avery's narration, generously peppered with swear words, is hip, witty, funny, and sarcastic. His voice is the major strength of the novel. The secondary characters are less well drawn. Teens who enjoy science fiction/fantasy will chuckle over Avery and also be attracted to the characters' unique abilities.—Connie Tyrrell Burns, Mahoney Middle School, South Portland, ME
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How do you hide super strength and the ability to fly? Fifteen-year-old Avery suddenly finds himself endowed with these amazing powers, but he can’t figure out how to control them or keep himself out of trouble. When Avery befriends other kids who are also superbly gifted, the small group bands together to try to use their powers for good. But who is the mysterious Cherchette, and why does she want Avery and (only) some of his friends to move in with her? This is a wild ride, and readers will find themselves immersed in the challenges faced by Avery and company. Despite an implausible conclusion that comes out of nowhere and does not live up to the buildup, the book’s ending does set up well for a sequel. With definite appeal to superhero-comics devotees ready for prose novels, this should also attract fans of rousing adventure stories. Grades 7-10. --Melanie Koss
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This charming origins story captures the dynamic motion of graphic novels with a witty, conversational prose that often left me laughing or nodding along in rueful recognition. Cross has a gift for combining the right amounts of absurdity and realism, creating a world where detention and mecha battles are equally at home.
With great power comes great responsibility, and with a deft and talented hand, Sarah Cross pulls her cast of young super heroes out of the realm of comics and into the world of YA novels. As a long time comic geek, I also enjoyed the little sparkles of fan service in a book that is still utterly accessible superhero first-timers. I really enjoyed this, and I hope it becomes the first of many.
Would I Give This Book to a Kid: Yes, yes, yes. Absolutely great for teens who already love comics, and it's probably also the finest introduction to the superhero genre since Kurt Busiek and Stuart Immonen's superb Secret Identity.
Would I Give This Book to an Adult: Definitely to adult comic readers. I'm going to try slipping this into my mom's to-read pile, just to see what happens, though. I did manage to get her hooked on World of Warcraft, after all!
As soon as Dull Boy opens up you are drawn into Avery's complicated life. Since, how fast do you think that you'll get sent to a lab if you admit that you have a superhuman qualities? I would say extremely fast. Avery was a unique and heartwarming character. Since, you could imagine how hard it was for him not to know anyone who he could really relate too. The other characters, such as Sophie and Nicolas, were the same way, which made me happy that they all united together with their shared bond of superpowers.
One of my favorite parts of this novel was the in depth look Sarah gave you on the characters' superpowers. To what they could do to how when they first found out that they had superhuman abilities, it was all covered. Overall, I found it all extremely interesting and I think many others will to.
Sadly, I felt that the plot was kind of lacking. Since, it seemed that there wasn't one main struggle that the characters were trying to go against besides Cherchette, but that didn't hit up until the end. I know that many of you will argue that the teens coming to grip with their powers was the main focus. Though after a while that subsided a bit, leaving the book to become a bit boring.
Other than that, I felt that Dull Boy was a great debut novel from Sarah Cross. I look forward to reading more by her in the future. Also, does anyone else want a Dull Boy sequel, because I certainly do!
And of course Avery isn't the only character. I loved all his new friends from Darla the super brain that has all sorts of crazy gadgets and a giant robot(!) to Nicholas the tortured boy with a power he can't control to Sophie who always seemed to be in a good mood and Catherine who is also hiding a secret... they all had something to offer to the story!
I never decided in my mind if Cherchette (crazy awesome name) the mysterious lady with powers of her own would end up to be good or bad and just let the story unfold in front of me. I really liked what I learned about her and from her, she informs us of about some background of where the kids got their powers that some authors might leave out but I'm so glad that Cross included, I'm all about the details!
Another thing I really liked was that throughout the book there are case files about each of the kids and their powers. I liked having that to refer to instead of just knowing what the story told us. All in all a fun and action packed book that seems to definitely set itself up for a sequel, can't wait to see what happens next!
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