Monday 2 April 2012

93. Andy Roid and the Superhuman Secret by Felice Arena

Andy Roid and the Superhuman Secret by Felice Arena
Published March 2012 Penguin

From the publisher:

When you're half boy, half machine, it's hard not to be a hero.Andy's just a regular kid with a normal, everyday life. Or is he? Why is a sinister scientist out to kidnap him? And who are his parents really? He's about to find out, but this superhuman secret will change everything!

Andy Reid is just a regular 12 year old boy.  He’s average at maths and gets nervous around the girl that he likes.  One day on the way home from school, he avoids being kidnapped by a man who claims to be a friend of his parents, only to ride his bike into the path of an oncoming truck.  Andy doesn’t die; he wakes up and finds his world tipped upside down.  Apparently his parents are not bakers, but scientists who work for the department of defence.  They are the ones who operated on him after the accident and saved his life, without the use of their latest, top secret invention, Andy might not have made it.  It does mean, that Andy is not quite the same anymore...he is part machine!

First outraged that his parents would do this to him, then thrilled at his amazing strength and speed, then frustrated and disappointed that he can’t actually use these abilities as his parents don’t want any attention drawn to him.  A lot of people would want this technology if they knew it existed, and it’s important no one finds out.
But Andy is just a 12 year old boy...and he was only trying to save the girl he liked when he took on the Silverback at the zoo...
This is the first in the new series for Felice Arena (author of Specky McGee, Boys Rule, Whippersnapper to name a few) and I think it will hit the mark for boys who want something quick and easy to read.  The book is only 89 pages and the text is a good size, so not too daunting for those easily put off.  They also have pretty cool covers, so it won’t be embarrassing to be seen with one either.  I have said these books are for ages 8-10, but they would also work well for 10+ reluctant readers.

Who will like this book: Boys age 8+
Read it if you like: Zac Power but want something new

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