Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Joshua Dread Audio CD – Audiobook, Unabridged
|New from||Used from|
Customers who bought this item also bought
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
From School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-Joshua Dread was looking forward to a relaxing summer-or at least as peaceful as things can get for the son of the world's greatest supervillain duo. Instead, he and his two friends are off to Gyfted & Talented, an exclusive, invitation-only program for kids with certain unusual abilities. Director Gavin Garland announces that the crew has been selected to become the greatest superhero team of all time-the Alliance of the Impossible. He has everything arranged-cool uniforms, specialized training-even secret identities. However, Joshua suspects that there's more to the G&T program than meets the eye. The training exercises seem unduly dangerous, there are surveillance cameras everywhere-and what is Garland hiding behind that locked black door? After the team's first spectacular public mission, Joshua fumbles his secret-identity name and accidentally becomes a media celebrity. Garland seizes on the idea of the Nameless Hero to organize a massive publicity campaign with interviews, product endorsements, and TV appearances. At first, Joshua enjoys being a star, but soon jealousy between the Nameless Hero and the rest of the Alliance causes conflict among the team members, and he knows that they're going to need to stand together to survive. A bit darker than Joshua Dread (Delacorte, 2012), this book highlights the perils of media-created celebrity. Joshua goes from unknown to idol in a few Internet clicks and YouTube views. However, there are plenty of playful moments to lighten the tension, particularly when the kids' parents get involved, and there is a strong underlying theme of family loyalty and friendship. Familiarity with the first book is helpful but not essential and there are plenty of plot threads left for additional sequels.-Elaine E. Knight, formerly at Lincoln Elementary Schools, ILα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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.
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
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. It is very difficult to write much more about the book's plot, because after that first scene, almost everything is supposed to be a surprise.
The pace of the plot is very, very quick. There are no slow sections, although the speed lessens for a few pages after the climax. Then it closes with a rush (no cliff-hanger, though). The narration is well-done and believable of a sixth grader, its deadpan humor at times had me laughing out loud. I really liked Captain Justice's inability to speak in almost anything but stock catch-phrase herospeak; often, it was very funny. The humor is not directed just at kids; there are some appropriate things in there that probably only adults will get. (For example, a handbook for kids with super powers reads, "You may notice your body undergoing many strange and surprising developments . . . growth spurts, your voice changes, you begin noticing superpowers where there weren't any superpowers before.")
The character development is superb. Josh is joined in his adventures by his incredibly loyal friend, Milton, and a mysterious girl named Sophie, a newcomer to their town. Ah, Sophie. She is one of the best surprises in the book, and I believe I got the hint of a budding romance with Josh.
I recommend this book for kids and adults alike; anyone who wants a rousing adventure full of humor and surprises will enjoy it.
All in all, a wonderful, enjoyable read, full of action and much subtlety.
Most recent customer reviews