Supernatural Hero (Volume 1) Paperback – November 28, 2013
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About the Author
- Grade level : 4 - 6
- Item Weight : 7.7 ounces
- Paperback : 158 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1493758233
- ISBN-13 : 978-1493758234
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.36 x 9 inches
- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 28, 2013)
- Reading level : 9 - 12 years
- Language: : English
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This is a delightful story for any young person that has ever had a problem, "getting invited to the party" or even worst, for those who get bullied.
I really enjoyed the nostalgic journey as this story took me back to my school days.
With a few tweaks, Supernatural Hero has the potential to become as big as the next Harry Potter.
I can totally see it becoming a book series and film.
I also liked and appreciated knowing that this is the kind of story that kids would find useful, especially when having to deal with real life situations like bullying, which is something that unfortunately touches so many kids, but also so many parents in terms of their worries and concerns.
In terms of the actual writing, Gadot has a really amazing skill in terms of being able to appeal to kids, but still writing with some style, flair and intelligence that again will make it enjoyable for readers even if they are a bit older. Recommended!
I also found myself touched by the lesson for young and adult about the vital role Grandparents play in the development of our young. I take my children once a week to visit their “Granny” who is 81 years old and I am always amazed by how much they love each other. The years seem to fall away from her when she is with them, much like the Grandfather in this story. Grandparents listen and value children’s opinions and in doing so validate them.
Unfortunately death is a part of life and in this story Andy teaches us how to talk to our children, not at our children. He stands up for himself and in doing so finds his voice and begins to heal. I would recommend this book for children age 8-14 years old.
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Andy is the class nerd. No-one likes him and no-one talks to him. Even his parents and sister don't want much to do with him. He's smarter than most and the only person in his life who understands him is Grandpa. When he finds out that Grandpa has terminal cancer and just a few days to live, the bottom drops out of his world. The good news is that Grandpa has not gone forever and returns to help Andy in the form a ghostly spirit. Grandpa's mission: to help Andy get the love of his life to the movies!
Will Andy ever be able to summon enough courage to speak to the lovely Zoe? Will he save her house from burning down? Can he convince his parents and his therapist that he's not crazy? You'll just have to read on to find out more!
This was a fantastic 5 star read, which will appeal to both children and adults alike.
First meet the protagonist, Andy, who is the class nerd but genuinely endearing. He is picked on and no-one likes him and no-one talks to him. It seems that even the majority of his family can't stand his company. However, he can always depend on his grandpa. Unfortunately Andy finds out that his grandpa has cancer and won't be around much longer. However, he needn't worry because his grandpa will never be too far away. Andy soon finds he has a great gift that could save the girl from his school that he likes.
Without giving anymore away, you will find yourself cheering Andy on and wanting him to find the strength to step out of his usual character to become who he needs and wants to be.
A highly recommended read. I can see this being a huge success.
I originally felt really sorry for Andy because not only did he suffer from being "the class nerd" at school but also from being the outcast of his family. It really pulled my heart strings to read how Andy's life of being alone at school was mirrored in his home life with him being ignored by his parents and sister. But as always there was the glimmer of hope with his Grandpa - who was the only person to understand and take an interest in Andy and his abilities. For Andy then to lose his Grandpa to cancer within days of his diagnosis was just heartbreaking - I felt at a complete loss for Andy; his Grandpa's death meant that he truly would be alone.
Then came the amazing twist! Andy's Grandpa returned to him in spirit form! Fantastic! Andy would never be alone again and could be guided in additional situations in his life where before his Grandpa couldn't assist him before. His Grandpa's mission was to help Andy win the heart of Zoe. The supernatural element that this twist provides is excellent and was very unexpected.
Andy's path to winning Zoe's heart doesn't go smoothly and with Andy being labelled the Nerd it was never going to be easy. Without spoiling more of the story reading about Andy's transition from Nerd to Superhero was gripping and equally entertaining.
An additional aspect to the book that I loved was the illustrations - although some were a little dark it perfectly illustrated the emotional and supernatural elements of the story.
A fantastic read and I can't wait to get my hands on the sequel!
One of the biggest strength is that I really think the author managed to relay what a child would genuinely think – it could very well have been written by a little boy, if his understanding of the English language was exceptional, that is.
Your heart has to go to poor little Andy who just wishes he had more people who cared about him. He’s ever so sweet; but what I loved the most was his mean strike. Damn, it’s pretty lucky that he hasn’t got the access code to a nuclear bomb; his school would go up in a mushroom blast.
The story is realistic; I won’t give too much away but it definitely deal with what children (and adult) have to face everyday – such as grief – and tells it through the eyes of a six grader. I believe it would help parents understand their kid, and other kids understand people around them.
The sporadical illustrations at the beginning and end of each chapter aren’t too much, they contribute to the story without making it too juvenile – it’s a big kid’s story, and they wouldn’t want to seem like babies ;)
All in all? I don’t have much to say against it: it was a wonderful tale.
Of course he manages to fall for the prettiest girl in the school! Poor guy. When tragedy strikes his family Andy finds out that he has a gift. A supernatural gift. He can see and talk to the dead.
Together Andy and his Grandpa are on a mission. To bring Andy and this girl together.
It was a quick but heartwarming read. It can be hard as an adult, to convincingly write from the point of view of a kid but Eran certainly hit the nail on the head with this one. A highly recommended read!