School for Sidekicks

Book Information
Rating: Excellent
Reading/Interest Level: Intermediate
Author: Kelly McCullough
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Year: 2015
ISBN: 9781250039262
Pages: 336

Evan Quick loves superheroes more than almost anyone else, and he would do anything to be one. He has no flying, super strength, or any of the other superhero skills that he wants desperately to have. When he somehow manages to survive a supervillain’s death ray and save his favorite super hero, he is sent to the Academy of Metahuman Operatives. The school is different from what he expects, and his mentor, Foxman, is not thrilled to be a super hero. As he learns about the school, he discovers that there is more to being a hero than he might expect, and even the heroes might not be as heroic as he had always expected.

The book is a wonderful homage to comic books and superheroes. It’s somewhat cheesy, but it’s cheesy in all the right ways for fans of the genre. The characters are so fun, from the old, tired former alcoholic mentor to the teacher and guidance council. Evan is a great character. He’s not the smartest or most skilled, but he works hard and wants to be a good person. People who aren’t fans of superheroes and comic books might not enjoy the book, but people wanting a fun superhero story are likely to enjoy it.

*Some mild language.