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The Invincibles. Power Up. by Peter Millett, illus.Myles Lawford.

July 5, 2019 Comments off

invinciblesThe Invincibles. Power Up. by Peter Millett, illus.Myles Lawford. Pub.Scholastic, 2019.

Getting kids into reading these days is hard work. Peter Millett knows this, so do teachers librarians parents and care givers. So what do you do? well books have to be easy to read, have a lot of action and humour preferably the poo, bum wees variety, and they can be read very quickly.

This short novel has all of that and in New Zealand the other must have is rugby, sport and competition. These are there also.

Muzza, Andrea, Scotty, Tana and Zinnia turn up for rugby practice and are struck by lightning. They develop different super powers and turn themselves into the Invincibles. They want to turn their rugby skills into something unbeatable and the kidnapping of the All Greats gives them a chance to take on a nasty scoundrel called tricky Ricky and put things right in the world of rugby.

Stirring stuff with plenty of action and humour. Scotty becomes Windbreaker and I don’t need to tell you one of his talents.

Superbly illustrated by Myles Lawford, his characterisation of the Invincibles is right on the nail.

Great for reluctant boys. Go ahead try it out. Excellent cover.

Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, & Deborah Biancotti

January 13, 2017 Comments off

img_20170112_0002Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, & Deborah Biancotti. Pub. Allen & Unwin, 2015.

There is a saying that says  you can go from hero to zero in a matter of moments. You could say that about the six teenagers with special powers who are the main characters in this first of three novels for teens. The teenagers have super powers but there is a price to pay.

The group are loosely connected and haven’t seen each other for about a year due to Ethan aka Scam. He has a voice inside him that reflects his wants and desires but with incredible knowledge about anybody he speaks to. He knows them intimately and can disarm and enrage them in one conversation and can con his way out or into anything.

It is Scam who prompts all the action after conning a drug thug out of a duffle bay full of money then being in a bank robbery while trying to deposit the money. Scam calls on Nate Bellwater called Glorious Leader because of his power to organise and placate things, to help him out.

Nate calls on Chizara aka Crash to spring Scam from jail with her powers to shut down any electronic software in a building. She is assisted by Flicker a blind girl who can see through other peoples eyes and together they create chaos.

Scam needs to hide and does so with Thibault or Anonymous who has the power to be forgotten by anyone who connects with him.

The last of the Zeroes is Kelsie who has the power to take control over crowds. She is aware of her powers but has not met the other Zeroes and they are not aware of her.

Thrilling action as the Zeroes get together. Three authors and you cannot tell which of them is writing which parts. All three are great writers and while this is a long book it is easy to read in short sharp chapters with great dialogue and fast moving action.

A totally unique idea with a sequel titled Swarm already out and a third part Nexus out this year. Readers of action will love this series.

No More Heroes by Michelle Kan

November 17, 2015 Comments off

no more heroesNo More Heroes by Michelle Kan. Fish and Swallow Publications, 2015.

As I was reading this self published novel I kept thinking that it was the sort of topic that is often the theme of graphic novels or comics. It is told mainly at night, in the lawless city in which the heroes and villains compete with each other freerunning and using martial arts. Almost a Ninja culture in the western city.

It is about kids with Abilities. Each ability emerges in the teenage years and is hard to master. At night it gives the teenagers high energy and an urge to fight crime or something. Good values.

This is about three new teenagers with Abilities, Clare, Linus and Mallory but Mallory fears she is losing hers. They discover that there already exists a crime fighting group called the Vigilantes with names like Fistcuffs, Resonace and Shockwave.

The trouble is a bunch of guys in hoods with a black dog are picking off the Vigilantes. Could this be related to the arrival in town of a Pop musician. You will have to read the novel to find out.

The descriptive language and street action are strong points of this novel and it will appeal to those who like superhero type stories especially high school students and young adults.

There is one glaring grammatical fault in which the author does not seem to comprehend when to use the pronouns their, they and them which are plurals instead of him, his and her which are for individuals. It seems a small point but it will drive English teachers to despair.