Superheroes Don't Eat Veggie Burgers by Gretchen Kelley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Sixth grade would be a lot easier if your fantasies came true . . . or would it?
Middle school may be tough, but Charlie Burger has a plan for how he'll get through it: mind his own business and stay out of the limelight. But the sixth grade has other plans for Charlie. His best friend Franki starts acting weird--since when does she like to dance?--and everyone from his mom to his soccer coach is on his case all the time. Worst of all? The school bully, Boomer Bodbreath, seems to think Charlie has a bull's-eye on his back.
When Charlie's eccentric science teacher hands out writing journals instead of beakers and goggles, Charlie is convinced his year can't be saved. That is, until he starts writing stories about Dude Explodius, an awesome, studly superhero--and those stories start coming true. Can a kid who's used to the sidelines suddenly take a shot at saving the world?
SUPERHEROES is a fun yet poignant story. Charlie's voice is spot-0n middle grade. I especially enjoyed Charlie's central conflict -- how does he use his newfound powers for good instead of evil? The secondary characters are all well-rounded, from Charlie's strange new science teacher to his vivacious grandmother to his best friend Franki, who had more responsibility at home than any kid should. They make the book an even more fun and thoughtful read. The setting -- a made-up coastal town on Cape Ann in Massachusetts -- is itself a character in the story. This book is a great read for the 8-12 crowd, but particularly for kids on the verge of starting middle school or those who might be struggling with fitting in.
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