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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,179 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Matthew Cody Narrator: Gary Dikeos Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Supers of Noble’s Green Series Release Date: August 2010 ISBN: 9780307738561
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Superheroes soar in this promising debut—and they’re kids!Twelve-year-old Daniel, the new kid in town, soon learns the truth about his nice—but odd—new friends: one can fly, another can turn invisible, yet another controls electricity. Incredible. The superkids use their powers to secretly do good in the town, but they’re haunted by the fact that the moment they turn thirteen, their abilities will disappear—along with any memory that they ever had them. Is a memory-stealing supervillain sapping their powers?The answers lie in a long-ago meteor strike, a World War II–era comic book (Fantastic Futures, starring the first superhero, Johnny Noble), the green-flamed Witch Fire, a hidden Shroud cave, and—possibly, unbelievably—“powerless” regular-kid Daniel himself.Superhero kids meet comic book mystery in this action-filled debut about the true meaning of a hero. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Winner of the 2012 Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 2/19/2014

    " I can think of a lot of kids this would appeal to. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 MrsB | 2/17/2014

    " RC 2012 The cover and the premise of kid superheroes will probably appeal to the middle school boys, but I really only finished this one because it was a Rebecca Caudill nominee. I really struggled through the first half of the book, but the story picked up pace about 2/3 of the way through. Or should I say picked up pace enough to reveal enough answers/questions to spawn a sequel. The most interesting part of the story was Daniel's essential dilemma (which I don't want to spoil here), but that' doesn't really appear until the last 15-20 pages. I should say I am not a fan of comic books, and this book will probably be well-liked by comic book or superhero fans. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tamara the Librarian | 2/6/2014

    " Boys might be drawn to this book since it deals with kids who have quirky super powers. I found the story kind of hard to get into and was never compelled to keep reading. There is a good, creepy evil force that the kids have to fight. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dana | 2/5/2014

    " This is sure to please both boys and girls alike who are into super heroes. The protagonist, Daniel, moves to a new town only to discover that some of the children there are hiding a secret. Once it is revealed that these children have super powers that go away on their 13th birthdays it is up to Daniel to help them figure out how to keep them. I thought it was well written and the plot had a great mystery element along with the highly entertaining plot of super-kids! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz Pearson | 1/26/2014

    " I loved this book. A great story for middle grades! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Austin | 1/23/2014

    " Loved it! Great story! Can't wait for the sequel this fall! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cherie | 1/17/2014

    " Young adult book about a town of kids with super powers that they lose on their 13th birthday. I liked this book because it is different. In a sea of so many predictable books written for young adults, this one is definitely one that stands out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Georgene | 1/17/2014

    " This book has it all: kids with super powers, a mystery, some scary elements and a plot that keeps the reader reading right up to the end. The characters are all interesting and believable (except for their superpowers). And did I detect the hint of a sequel? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Booknerd17 | 12/25/2013

    " Amazing and thrilling "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 12/25/2013

    " Great young fantasy book. I will read this aloud to my fifth graders. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 12/14/2013

    " Fun read aloud to my 8-9-12 year old boys. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joshua | 12/3/2013

    " weakest part was cover... a little predictable but a great superhero fantasy with an interesting twist or two... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda | 11/21/2013

    " This a great story about a non superhero living amongst superheros. Guess who saves the day! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kat | 10/3/2013

    " This is an amazing story that really looks boring but actually keeps you reading. This is one of my favorite books and I reccomend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 5/23/2013

    " Not terrible, but predictable and cliched. I think my kids might enjoy it, but I wanted something a little more exciting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maria | 5/10/2013

    " A fun superhero story with lots of twists and turns! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maari | 8/1/2012

    " awseome awseome "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 7/8/2012

    " This book is very slow to get started but the characters are cool and the end of the book is great. If you like mysteries, comic books or superheroes, this is the book for you! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Varissa | 4/28/2012

    " I loved this book! I stumbled upon it one day to use as a book report for my class, and to tell you the truth i couldn't put it down! It's great for anyone who loves superheros and action. if you read it, i'm sure you'll love it, i know i did! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Manny | 1/11/2012

    " This is a good book that shows that having no superpowers doesn't make u a hero "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 1/7/2012

    " Very fun twist on superhero genre! Recommended!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joan | 11/23/2011

    " Daniel is surrounded by super power friends, yet he is the one who saves the day. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andy | 4/29/2011

    " I enjoyed this one quite a bit; it was a nice twist on the "kids with special gifts/superpowers" theme, in that the main character is "just" an ordinary kid...with heroic potential. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristi | 4/28/2011

    " True kid appeal, nice mix of mystery and action. Audiobook was serviceable. Nothing special. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristen | 4/8/2011

    " I think this book might be adapted into a good kids' movie for the Spy Kids crowd, but for me it kind of fell flat. But, I think the target audience might like it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joan | 4/6/2011

    " Daniel is surrounded by super power friends, yet he is the one who saves the day. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Theo | 4/2/2011

    " this was an ok book, kindof like the adventures of ordinary boy, but a little more i depth. It is a little creepy. Also it shows how evil lies, and trickerey can be "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele | 3/20/2011

    " Really fun book with a bit of a novelty: the hero of the book does not have "superpowers" of any kind. His friends do, and they are mysteriously losing them. The hero without powers must save the day. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 LauraW | 12/16/2010

    " I think this might be an enjoyable book for kids. It isn't fantastic literature, but it is a decent story with lots of action and some good plot twists.

    I listened to it as an audiobook. The narrator seemed a little too bland some of the times, but the questioning of self was good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dru | 10/21/2010

    " Pretty good story about a boy discovering that some of the children in town have superpowers. The super kids enlist his help to track why they lose their power when they turn 13. This is pretty good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amber | 9/20/2010

    " This was a fun read. Where good battle's evil and kids can fly. "

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About the Author
Author Matthew CodyMATTHEW CODY is the author of Powerless, The Dead Gentleman, and Super. Originally from the midwest, he now lives in New York City with his wife and young son.
About the Narrator

Gary Dikeos is a voice actor and audiobook narrator living in Los Angeles. In addition to narrating audiobooks, he voices television commercials, documentaries, and animation projects.