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Powerless (Supers of Noble's Green) Hardcover – October 27, 2009
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From School Library Journal
Grade 5–7—When Daniel Corrigan and his family move to Noble's Green, he notices that some of the kids there seem rather odd. After one of them miraculously saves his life, they admit that they have superpowers, but that they come with a price. They will lose them, and all memory of ever having them, when they turn 13. Because Daniel is the only one without these talents who knows about them, it becomes clear that he must find out who or what is sapping his friends' unusual abilities. Eric, their leader, believes that the secret lies in a series of old comics about a superhero named Johnny Noble, but Daniel's investigation reveals a far more sinister and dangerous villain, and the children must somehow defeat this monster. This book is a loving tribute to comic books and superhero stories. It starts out slow, but gradually gains a momentum that leads to a genuinely affecting conclusion. This is definitely a good pick for reluctant readers.—Tim Wadham, St. Louis County Library, MO
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About the Author
Matthew Cody divides his time between writing and teaching college English. He lives with his wife and young son in New York City, where he is at work on his next novel for Knopf.
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The town of Nobles Green was visited by a mysterious glowing green meteorite many years ago. Since then, the children of that little town often get super-powers, only to lose them when they turn 13. Our protagonist, Daniel, is not a native to the little village, so has not super-powers, but quickly gets enmeshed into the fun, duties, trials and tribulations of being a Super- even when you're not old enough to stay up to watch the 10 o'clock news.
Daniel does have a nose for mystery and some common sense, and these two abilities leads him to try and find out why his friends all lose their powers- and memories- when they hit thirteen. But Daniel is not prepared for the danger and deeper mysteries behind the truth.
Fun & a nice fast read, suitable for any reader over nine, and fun for us older sorts, too.
The premise is intriguing: Twelve-year-old Daniel's family moves to the town of Noble's Green to care for his dying grandma. Daniel discovers all his new playmates have superpowers. It's his job, as the Powerless one among them, to find out why these powers vanish when they're 13. In the process, he figures out the meaning of some clues his grandma has left him, excavates the secrets of Noble's Green, and saves the day in a major battle against a hitherto unknown enemy.
With an exciting plot and an attractive main character, this book has staying power. Though it refers to technology such as the internet, it does so it in an understated way that makes the book timeless. I was also pleased to see that it's not the standard group of white kids: One of them - from his name, anyway - is of Indian origin, and two girls are described as dark-skinned. There's genuine warmth among members of the family, and none of the cliched "irritating younger sibling" or "annoying parent" attitude that seems to be standard in many MG/YA books. It's not Utopian, but problems are handled with courage and positivity.
Overall, a satisfying book on many levels.