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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (5 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jack D. Ferraiolo Narrator: Jack Garrett, Ramón de Ocampo Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2011 ISBN: 9781461804345
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Batman has Robin, Wonder Woman has Wonder Girl, and Phantom Justice has Bright Boy, a.k.a. Scott Hutchinson, an ordinary schoolkid by day and a superfast, superstrong sidekick by night, fighting loyally next to his hero.

But after an embarrassing incident involving his too-tight spandex costume, plus some signs that Phantom Justice may not be the good guy he pretends to be, Scott begins to question his role. With the help of a fellow sidekick, once his nemesis, Scott must decide if growing up means being loyal or stepping boldly to the center of things. Great for boys, comics fans, and anyone looking for a superhero tale that’s also an insightful look at adolescence.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “What starts as a tongue-in-cheek send-up of the superhero genre (complete with puberty-related embarrassing moments, costume malfunctions, and purposefully clichéd dialogue) rapidly swerves into new and engaging territory as Ferraiolo reveals the story’s true depths.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Comic dialogue, action-packed fight scenes, shocking character revelations, and plot twists galore make this a funny, suspenseful, thought-provoking page turner.”

    Children’s Literature

  • “This is a fast-reading, cleverly told, entertaining tale.”

    School Library Journal

  • “More twists than a pretzel factory.” 

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathyred | 10/13/2011

    " 5-8th grade. Lots of adventure, super strength and speed, and even a love interest, mixed w/ the utter embarrassment of getting a hard-on in his sidekick costume tights during a rescue that gets broadcast on the nightly news. Total young teen/preteen boy appeal "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nina | 9/30/2011

    " Made me snort with laughter in public. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ms. Broderick | 9/28/2011

    " Great so far - just leaning a little too middle school for my elementary school library... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elsa | 9/23/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book. It is hysterical! I'm a sucker for romances from the boy's pov. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 9/2/2011

    " Clearly meant for a younger audience than me, I still enjoyed it. I love superhero as a genre and it filled that need. a good read for the younger set. "

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About the Author
Author Jack D. Ferraiolo

Jack D. Ferraiolo is the author of The Big Splash and Sidekicks. As the head of development at a children’s animation production company, he has developed and writes for WordGirl on PBS, for which he won an Emmy Award. He lives in northern Massachusetts. 

About the Narrators

Jack Garrett’s voice is immediately recognizable from his work in commercials and as a personality on radio stations in the West and Southwest. In addition to guest appearances on television, he has performed in dozens of theater productions on regional and New York stages, including Guys and Dolls, Hallelujah Breakdown, Prelude to a Kiss, Cast a Spell, and Bongo Fever.

Ramón de Ocampo has won nine AudioFile Earphones Awards for his audiobook narrations. A graduate of the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, he has been seen on television, film, and stages all over the world, including recurring roles on such television shows as The West Wing, 12 Monkeys, Sons of Anarchy, and Medium. He is the winner of a prestigious Obie Award for his stage work.