Friday, September 21, 2012

It's a bird... It's a plane... It's...a seventh-grader?!?

In the books listed below, kids and teens with superpowers save the world -- or at least their own corners of it.
 
NERDS: The Cheerleaders of Doom - by Michael Buckley; illustrated by Ethen Beavers
Adventure. This 3rd book of the NERDS series, in which the heroes are kids with technologically enhanced "nerd" characteristics, finds Matilda Choi, a.k.a. "Wheezer," facing off against Gerdie Baker, a former member of NERD who's gone to the dark side -- the cheerleading squad. Gerdie has invented a machine that can travel between dimensions, and she and the other cheerleaders are merrily stealing everything they can from the alternate worlds they're visiting (with no thought to the damage they're doing to the space-time continuum). It's up to Wheezer to infiltrate the squad and stop them -- before it's too late! Readers fond of ridiculous plots and no-holds-barred mayhem will love every minute of this wild, goofy ride.
Above World - Jenn Reese
Fiction. Thirteen-year-old Aluna has lived her entire life under the ocean with the Coral Kampii in the City of Shifting Tides. But after centuries spent hidden from the Above World, her colony's survival is at risk. The Kampii's breathing necklaces are failing, but the elders are unwilling to venture above water to seek answers. Only headstrong Aluna and her friend Hoku are stubborn and bold enough to face the terrors of land to search for way to save their people. But can Aluna's fierce determination and fighting skills and Hoku's tech-savvy keep them safe?
The Society of Unrelenting Vigilance - by Glenn Dakin
Steampunk Fantasy. Theo Wickland has been confined to three rooms of his guardian Dr. Saint's mansion for his entire life. But on Theo's 12th birthday, burglars invade Empire Hall -- and Theo discovers that he has the ability to melt criminals with merely a touch of his hand. This is only the beginning of Theo's adventures, for he escapes from Empire Hall and joins the Society of Unrelenting Vigilance, whose members reveal the truth about Dr. Saint. Action-packed and suffused with a creepy atmosphere, this 1st volume in the Candle Man series will leave you breathless for the sequel. 
Jack Blank and the Imagine Nation - by Matt Myklusch
Fantasy Adventure. Jack Blank -- so called because he has no memories of either his parents or his real name -- lives in a bleak orphanage in New Jersey and finds his only solace in reading comic books. But when a robot zombie straight from the pages of one of Jack's comics shows up at St. Barnaby's Home for the Hopeless, Abandoned, Forgotten, and Lost, Jack somewhat accidentally destroys the mechanical beast and is then whisked away to the Imagine Nation, an island populated entirely by beings with superpowers. There, Jack finds not only his destiny, but also clues to his mysterious past. Fast-paced and packed with battles, fascinating heroes and villains, and plot twists, this 1st Jack Blank adventure (The Secret War and The Accidental Hero are next) will also thrill fans of complex world-building.

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