Public School Superhero Book by James Patterson Review

As my son grows in his reading ability, I keep on the search for kids books that have new and interesting story lines. Recently my son and I reviewed Public School Superhero, a new illustrated Middle-Grade novel by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts.

Public School Superhero Book by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts

Note: I received product sample for review purpose. Any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.

While the book deals with subject like bullies, being nerdy (Kenny plays chess) and trying to fit in with other kids in middle school, it's done in a way that not too serious.

Public School Superhero Book by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts

There's lots of humorous illustrations (by Cory Thomas) and story-lines. Kenny himself is quite a creative thinker and imagines all sorts of wacky but action filled alternate views of his current situations. Seriously what child doesn't think about being coming a superhero when faced with challenging situations?! Overall I think it's a great book for young readers (and even those older)

Public School Superhero Book by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts


In this story about a good kid with a great imagination struggling in a less-than-ideal world, James Patterson brings his bestselling "Middle School"-style humor and sensibility to an urban setting.

Kenny Wright is a kid with a secret identity. In his mind, he's Stainlezz Steel, super-powered defender of the weak. In reality, he's a chess club devotee known as a "Grandma's Boy," a label that makes him an easy target for bullies. Kenny wants to bring a little more Steel to the real world, but the question is: can he recognize his own true strength before peer pressure forces him to make the worst choice of his life?

James Patterson's newest illustrated novel is a genuinely funny yet poignant look at middle school in a challenging urban setting, where a kid's life can depend on the everyday decisions he makes.

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When James Patterson meets with underprivileged kids at schools in some of the country’s poorest neighborhoods, they often ask him, “Why can’t we be heroes in any books?”

To answer that question and to bring more books into more kids’ lives, James Patterson is donating 100,000 copies of his new book, Public School Superhero, to young readers in some of the most under-resourced schools and youth programs in the country. He was moved to make this donation after recognizing a large and underserved community of children who don’t see themselves portrayed in dynamic, entertaining stories often enough.

These same kids also inspired Public School Superhero, by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts, with illustrations by Cory Thomas, a book about an African American sixth-grade chess devotee named Kenny Wright who lives in an inner city. It’s a story brimming with wit, action, and heart, one all kids are bound to find relatable and entertaining.

The books will be distributed through First Book, a nonprofit social enterprise that has distributed more than 125 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families in the United States and Canada.

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