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Public School Superhero

By James Patterson, Chris Tebbetts (Paper Over Board, 2015)
Kenny Wright is a kid with a secret identity. In his mind, he's Stainlezz Steel, super-powered defender of the weak. In reality, he's a chess club devotee known as a "Grandma's Boy," a label that makes him an easy target for bullies. Kenny wants to bring a little more Steel to the real world, but the question is: can he recognize his own true strength before peer pressure forces him to make the worst choice of his life?

Featuring more than 150 pieces of line art and comic-style sequences, James Patterson's newest illustrated novel is a genuinely funny yet poignant look at middle school in a challenging urban setting, where a kid's life can depend on the everyday decisions he makes.
  • Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
    • Format: Paper Over Board

    • Price: $13.99 US/$15.99 CAN

    • ISBN-13: 9780316322140

    • On Sale Date: 03/16/2015

    • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    • Imprint: Little, Brown and Company

    Formats Available: Paper Over Board, Audiobook, Audiobook, Electronic Book

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Kenny Wright is a kid with a secret identity. In his mind, he's Stainlezz Steel, super-powered defender of the weak. In reality, he's a chess club devotee known as a "Grandma's Boy," a label that makes him an easy target for bullies. Kenny wants to bring a little more Steel to the real world, but the question is: can he recognize his own true strength before peer pressure forces him to make the worst choice of his life?

Featuring more than 150 pieces of line art and comic-style sequences, James Patterson's newest illustrated novel is a genuinely funny yet poignant look at middle school in a challenging urban setting, where a kid's life can depend on the everyday decisions he makes.

James Patterson is the internationally bestselling author of House of Robots and the I Funny, Middle School, Treasure Hunters books, as well as the Confessions, Maximum Ride, Witch & Wizard, Daniel X, and Alex Cross series. His books have sold more than 300 million copies worldwide, making him one of the bestselling authors of all time. He lives in Florida.

Chris Tebbetts has collaborated with James Patterson on three books in the Middle School series and is also the author of The Viking, a fantasy-adventure series for young readers. He lives in Vermont.

Cory Thomas is an illustrator and cartoonist based in Atlanta, GA. His syndicated comic strip, Watch Your Head, appears in newspapers across the country.
  • Praise for I Funny:

    A #1 New York Times Bestseller

  •  "....Poignant.... Readers learn about [Jamie's] devastating loss and recovery from a tragic event....The affecting ending, which reveals a more vulnerable Jamie behind the guise of his humor, celebrates Jamie's resilient spirit." (Kirkus Reviews ).

  • "In all, a brimming bucket of bada-bing!" (Booklist).

  • "The broad humor that runs throughout this heavily illustrated story... masks personal pain, demonstrating resiliency in the face of tragedy." (Publishers Weekly ).

  • Praise for Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life:

  • * "As Patterson artfully weaves a deeper and more thought-provoking tale of childhood coping mechanisms and everyday school and family realities, readers are drawn into a deeper understanding of and compassion for the main characters." (School Library Journal, starred review).

  • "Readers will discover the best kind of child: one that is intelligent, artistic, and brave.... A world perfectly described through a 12-year-old's point of view...a satisfying and progressive tale with real sweetness." (Kirkus Reviews).

  • "A keen appreciation of kids' insecurities and an even more astute understanding of what might propel boy readers through a book.... a perfectly pitched novel."
    (Los Angeles Times).

  • "Cleverly delves into the events that make middle school so awkward: cranky bus drivers, tardy slips, bathroom passes and lots of rules.... Hopefully, this isn't the last we hear from Rafe Khatchadorian."
    ( The Associated Press ).

  • "It's a chatty, funny, engaging book, one that often addresses the reader directly. It's filled with energetic cartoons... that will appeal to your little rebel, depicting teachers as dungeon-keepers, matadors and flying dragons. Patterson... knows how to structure a plot and builds in some surprising--even touching--twists.... Rafe is the bad boy with a heart of gold." (The New York Times).

  • "The book's... dynamic artwork and message that 'normal is boring' should go a long way toward assuring kids who don't fit the mold that there's a place for them, too." (Publishers Weekly).

  • "Incredibly detailed and imaginative illustrations . . . add depth and humor. . . . an enjoyable story that even the most reluctant readers should enjoy." (Library Media Connection).

  • "There is substance as well as appeal here.... Patterson deftly manages the pace of revelations that take readers deeper into Rafe's fragile trust.... Readers ready for something else in the same vein but more substantive than Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid or Peirce's Big Nate should be introduced to Rafe."
    (Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books).

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Product Details

Public School Superhero
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Price: $13.99 US/$15.99 CAN
  • Pages: 304
  • Physical Dimensions: 5-1/4" x 7-5/8"
  • ISBN-13: 9780316322140
  • On Sale Date: 03/16/2015
Public School Superhero