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Public School Superhero

Public School Superhero

Inner city middle school student Kenny Wright imagines himself as a superhero-but when he faces peer pressure and bullying, can he find his strength in real life?

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 the real strength and goodness inside himself? Or will peer pressure force him to make the worst choice of his life?

Interspersed with fantastic illustrations and comic-book panels, this book aims to both entertain and to provoke dialogue about identity, belonging, and doing the right thing.
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Genre: Children's Books / Juvenile Fiction / Humorous Stories

On Sale: March 16th 2015

Price: $7.99 / $9.99 (CAD)

Page Count: 304

ISBN-13: 9780316405966

What's Inside

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Praise

Praise for Middle School: Get Me out of Here!:
 
A #1 New York Times Bestseller
An Indiebound Bestseller
One of Barnes & Noble's Best Books of 2012

"Patterson and Tebbetts have created strong characters and relationships throughout the novel. Rafe has his triumphs and failures, but he's a realistic kid whom readers would want as a friend and coconspirator."—School Library Journal

"Will be enjoyed by middle-grade boys, particularly reluctant readers."—VOYA

"Short chapters and a partially graphic format are sure to appeal."—Booklist

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

A 2012 Top Ten Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Readers title
A 2013 ALSC Summer Reading List Book
A 2013 Hawaii's Children's Choice Award Winner

* "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

"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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