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by Jack D. Ferraiolo

Published by Amulet/Abrams, 2011
309 pages
ISBN: trade 978𢠪109-98032

Ages 11-14

Bright Boy (Scott Hutchinson) is the sidekick of superhero Phantom Justice (his guardian, Trent Clancy). Now a middle schooler, Scott bristles at the Bright Boy image that Trent won抰 let him change: The yellow tights and red cape were cute when he was six, but now they make Bright Boy a laughingstock (an erection while rescuing a beautiful woman is his most recent mortification). At school, Scott flies under the radar: No one knows he抯 Bright Boy, and few people know his name. One night Bright Boy vents his frustration by attacking Monkeywrench梥idekick to Doctor Chaotic, Phantom抯 most recent arch enemy. Monkeywrench抯 mask comes off, and Scott recognizes Allison Mendes, one of the most popular girls at school. He and Allison strike up a friendship that soon blossoms into romance. Their relationship challenges them to think about their ideas of justice, and gives Scott the courage to stand up to Trent on the costume front. What Scott doesn抰 know is that Phantom Justice is motivated by greed rather than goodness. And in his latest scheme, Bright Boy is wholly expendable. In fact, that抯 part of the plan. A terrifically entertaining novel features a strong and funny first-person voice, delightful banter among the characters, and more than a few surprising twists and turns.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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