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Public School Superhero is Better than Batman, The Avengers and the rest!
Public School Superhero Synopsis
In this story about a good kid with a great imagination struggling in a less-than-ideal world, James Patterson brings his bestselling “Middle School”-style humor and sensibility to an urban setting.
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?
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.
Public School Superhero Review
My son loves reading Public School Superhero. It’s just a lot of fun. He reads it before he goes to bed. Just to relax his mind and rest from a very busy day. It’s not required reading, it’s not stressful – just a great read for a middle reader. There are a lot of fun graphic and comics as well!
As a mother, I love that the book’s main character is an African-American boy. It’s someone who looks like my son and is about the same age. It’s exciting for him – and there are so few books these days that feature African-American children and families. The only slight problem I have with this book – would be the same problem that I have with this world. It’s always the stereotypical black boy who struggles in the urban – less-than ideal settings – while the white kids are affluent and well-adjusted. I would just once like to read a book about a black kid who is well-adjusted and affluent . I know they exist, and I am sure they have big imaginations. It would be a positive way to project a well-adjusted and functional black family to the world – rather than what’s always projected – black boys dodging drug dealers on the street, ducking bullets, running in an out of tenements and the like.
Hey, I get it. Everybody needs superheros they identify with. Black kids in urban – less-than-ideal settings need them most of all. I’m a young hip mom (haha). It’s a good thing. It’s a positive thing. I can roll with it!
Whatever – it is what it is. My son is having a lot of fun with it. It’s well written – so what the heck? It will engage your middle reader and helps to reaffirm a love for reading – which I think can get lost in the muck of our school system.
First Book Donation
In 2015, James Patterson will donate 100,000 copies of PUBLIC SCHOOL SUPERHERO to some of the most neglected and underfunded schools in America, and he will launch a major campaign to support school libraries. In 2014, in addition to giving a copy of one of his middle grade books to every sixth grader in the New York City and Chicago public school systems, Patterson gave $1,000,000 to independent bookstores with children’s sections.
When James Patterson meets with underprivileged kids at schools in some of the country’s poorest neighborhoods, they often ask him, “Why can’t we be heroes in any books?” To answer that question and to bring more books into more kids’ lives, James Patterson is donating 100,000 copies of his new book for young readers, Public School Superhero, to some of the most under-resourced schools and youth programs in the country. He was moved to make this donation after recognizing a large and underserved community of children who don’t see themselves portrayed in dynamic, entertaining stories often enough.
These same kids also inspired PPublic School Superhero, by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts, with illustrations by Cory Thomas, a book about an African-American sixth-grade chess devotee named Kenny Wright who lives in an inner city. It’s a story brimming with wit, action, and heart, one all kids are bound to find relatable and entertaining.
The books will be distributed through First Book, a nonprofit social enterprise that provides new books for kids in need. First Book is a nonprofit social enterprise that has distributed more than 125 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families in the United States and Canada. By making new, high-quality books available on an ongoing basis, First Book is transforming the lives of children in need and elevating the quality of education. For more information visit firstbook.org or join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.
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About James Patterson
James Patterson was selected by readers across America as the Children’s Choice Book Awards Author of the Year in 2010. He is the internationally bestselling author of the highly praised Middle School books, I Funny, Confessions of a Murder Suspect, and the Maximum Ride, Witch & Wizard, Daniel X, and Alex Cross series. His books have sold over 275 million copies worldwide, making him one of the bestselling authors of all time. Visit James Patterson…
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