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Public School Superhero

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Public School Superhero

Written by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts with illustrations by Cory Thomas

Kevin goes to an inner-city middle school in Washington, D.C. that is tough, old and run down. His classmates pick on him because he’s small for his age and lives with his grandma, and the teachers don’t have time to discipline the bullies; they’re just trying to make it through the day. So how does Kevin cope? He imagines he is a superhero named Stainlezz Steel! Steel can do everything Kevin can’t do, like run incredibly fast and stand up to the bullies who pick on him.

When Kevin gets detention for the first time, he is assigned the nearly impossible task of teaching one of the school’s biggest bullies, Ray-Ray, how to play chess. During their weeks of playing together, the two boys learn things about each other that lead to an unlikely friendship.

[James Patterson] has a knack for writing about timely topics in a manner that kids can identify with.

PUBLIC SCHOOL SUPERHERO is a story about bullying, but it is also a story about honesty and the meaning of friendship. The plot highlights the plight of many poor inner-city schools, but the narrative also includes hope for the future.

The story is written mostly as regular text, but several chapters are written in cartoon form, like a graphic novel. Additional drawings are included throughout to highlight the text.

While I prefer reading James Patterson’s books for adults, I enjoy reading those he writes for a younger audience, too --- he has a knack for writing about timely topics in a manner that kids can identify with. I believe he has another winner with this newest addition to his long list of publishing credits.

Reviewed by Christine Irvin on March 16, 2015

Public School Superhero
Written by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts with illustrations by Cory Thomas

  • Publication Date: March 16, 2015
  • Genres: Adventure
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • ISBN-10: 0316322148
  • ISBN-13: 9780316322140