Sidekicked

Sidekicked

Book - 2013
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Drew Bean might be a part of a secret organization for the training of superhero sidekicks, but that doesn't mean that life is all leaping tall buildings in single bounds.Drew is possessed of super senses--his hearing, sight, taste, touch, and smell are the most powerful on the planet--making him literally the most sensitive kid in school. And then there's his best friend, Jenna--their friendship would be complicated enough if she weren't able to throw an eighteen-wheeler the length of a city block. Add in trying to keep his sidekick life a secret from everyone, including his parents, and the truth is clear: middle school is pretty much a drag regardless of whether you have superpowers. But this is all before a supervillain long thought dead returns to the city of Justica and Drew's two identities threaten to crash head-on into each other. Drew has always found it pretty easy to separate right from wrong, good from evil. It's what a superhero does. But what happens when that line starts to disappear?
Publisher: New York : Walden Pond Press, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062133144
0062133144
Branch Call Number: J FICTION ANDER...J
Characteristics: 373 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Side kicked

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alex_373
Jul 31, 2016

This is an awesome book but I wonder if it will connect with Minion later on

FindingJane Apr 23, 2016

The life of a sidekick has been explored in other books, to rather telling effect. This one is just a little different because the sidekick, well, isn’t fully trained yet. And his superhero (known as a “Super”) doesn’t want him. Oh dear.

The Sensationalist (his code name) doesn’t have powers that he thinks are really great. All of his senses are hyper-tuned, making him capable of smelling what a person’s had for breakfast hours after he’s eaten, picking out conversation through solid walls and able to see a newspaper in fine print from across the room.

Most people would think these are great powers and could think of all sorts of nifty applications for them. But Andrew Bean (his secret identity) spends a lot of time internally moaning about how useless his powers are and envying other sidekicks who can punch through steel or turn their skin into granite. He could warn his Super if the man was about to walk into a room filled with poison gas but all Bean can think about is pointless it would be if he’d be able to tell that a supervillain ate tuna fish for lunch.

Bean could have come off as being useless, whiny and lacking in imagination. But the author surmounts this potential problem by handing him a Super who’s a lazy, self-pitying alcoholic and giving Bean have a wry sense of humor. (If things are going tough, it must be a Tuesday. Guess he just can’t get the hang of Tuesdays.)

There’s a conspiracy at work. Supers are disappearing and an old gang known as the Suits (clever) has just been sprung from prison. From there, the action is rather sparse—most of it happening at a distance and seen at a remove on television. What the author makes significant is the interaction of the sidekicks who must act without their Supers, Bean using his powers in a positive way and the unraveling of a mystery that happened years ago and is just playing out in the present.

The revelation about the so-called bad guy is a shocker but the motivation is not. Good can be hard to pin down and evil equally so. At times, it seems as if Bean doesn’t care about upholding the light of justice and would just like a little fame, glory and recognition. Entirely human desires but not exactly heroic. Whatever else Bean aspire to be, right now, he’s just an ordinary human kid…and sometimes he wishes he was just that.

“Sidekicked” takes the reader behind the mask and the spandex and gives us a lot more to chew on than your typical summer blockbuster. It’s meant to be for adolescents just barely into their teens but adults who are tired of the latest Spider-Man reboot might give this a try. They’ll be pleasantly surprised at how human superhumans can be.

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black_horse_517
Oct 13, 2015

This book has got me hooked from the first few pages. It is totally a good read. I like acting out some of the parts while reading, and that's what makes it so great! It's perfect for reading aloud. I love this book!!!!!!!!
This book is a great read, so I recommend it.

Kidbookqueen May 27, 2015

The superhero plot really begs to be read aloud -- funny villain speeches that will hook moms, dads or an older sibling or grandparent who like to ham it up. And that's just in the prologue!!

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dmcfarla
Jul 29, 2014

The book is very good, but a little bit hard to follow in places. I would reccomend it.

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Anaktiga3
Apr 30, 2014

I really enjoyed this book due to the humor and suspense. The action was good and the book tickled my fancy even though i am a girl, but that might be because i love super heros and villans. I though the protaganist was very funny and smart. The book was unpredictable unless you pay attention to little details!

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joywolf83
Feb 24, 2014

Hmmm. Read this book yourself. Boy with power to smell/hear etc extremely good trains to be super hero. I'm left vaguely unsatisfied. I know without a doubt the target audience is young boys, and for sure they would enjoy it. However I can't shake that slight "ugh" feeling. Is it because I'm such a girl and the things that would appeal to a young man are just so opposite me? (I'm not being sexist..... Guys minds work differently and that's not a bad thing :) Good character development. Funny parts. Great struggle with what makes a person "bad". Excellent action and tension. Made me stay up to 1am to finish it, lol. Bit lengthy. Definitely predictable. Boy gets infatuated with girl and thus can't figure out mystery of who the bad guys are. He's clumsy and wanting his mentor to save him every step of the way. Oh, and even his power would make him be the best spy in the entire world, he wishes he had a different power. Smart in some places, dumb in others. Although it throws out some red herrings, I thought it was extra obvious who the bad guys were. I recommend you read this book and see if its a good fit. For me: the jury's stil out.

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