Wonderboy Paperback – 4 Aug 2016
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"There is no superhero more endearing than Wonderboy" (The Sun)
"A sharply-observed comedy of teen life, with a serious undertone. Amongst the comic-book action Burstein shows what heroism - the kind that calls for real courage – really is, and reminds readers that heroes and villains too are often those we least expect them to be." (Andrea Reece Lovereading4Kids)
"Wonderboy offers... a plot that throws up more than a few surprising twists" (Claire Hennessy Irish Times)
"Fast-moving and very entertaining comedy" (Marilyn Brocklehurst The Bookseller, Bookseller's Choice)
"Witty, enjoyable and fast-moving" (Inis, Children's Books Ireland)
Joseph 'Wilco' Wilkes is bullied by the rich kids at his school. But everything is about to change when he learns he can move things with his mind...See all Product description
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Othergirl was refreshing - a superhero story about the sidekick left behind by her friend with new powers, and how the world copes with superheroes formed into 'companies' that go around helping.
Continuing in Othergirl's world is Wonderboy, and it makes much more sense if a reader has read Othergirl first, though you would probably get the gist.
Joseph Wilkes Is not what you'd call 'super'. Prone to asthma and headaches, he's also hard-pushed to deny anyone any request- which is why he ends up doing the school bully's homework for him. He gradually suspects he is developing super powers, he can move things with his mind (marbles, light switches), and of course begins to dream of bigger things (as well as impressing the girl of his dreams).
This isn't the story of Peter Parker, this is more realistic - what might REALLY happen if you started to become a superhero. Would anyone believe you? Would they really be impressed? And of course - would you tell your mum?
Joseph makes a loveable little character, he cares for his mum, has a huge crush on a girl that we can all see will never think of him the same way, and get starstruck by the Vigils (superheroes). His own backstory is subtly pushed into the plot and less is more, it gives enough background to make you feel you understand his feelings and need for both acceptance and a modicum of power and respect.
There are some great scenes. Notably, when he 'reveals' himself, but I really enjoyed his introduction to the Vigils. The paperwork and tests made me smile.
It brought home that there are morals to being a superhero, rules to be followed and consequences. It's not all capes and costumes.
I hope to read more from Burstein set in this world, both seeing how Joseph gets on and from other Vigil perspectives.
One for ages 10 and above, for any superhero fan or any reader who likes something a little different.
With thanks to NetGalley for the advance reading copy.
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