Sunday, February 12, 2012
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. Daniel, being the only one who doesn't have powers, becomes the one (maybe the only one) who can figure out what is happening to the powers of all the superpowered kids of Noble's Green, but what he finds will test them all to the limit.
I've been wanting to read this for ages, so it was the first book I got on my Kindle Fire (which is pretty sweet by the way). Daniel's story isn't just about superpowers, or a tribute to comic books, but it also deals with death, courage, jealousy, and feeling powerless. It's a great read for boys especially I think, perhaps for reluctant readers who like superheroes. The mystery of this story is what keeps you reading at the beginning, but it picks up the pace and then you are reading because you find yourself rooting for the super-kids and Daniel. Admitedly, this book had a fairly predictable villan, who didn't seem as developed as it could have been, but for the age group it's aimed at, it is a very good choice for elementary age kids. I really enjoyed it.
3 out of 5 stars.