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Perfect for fans of Pixar's The Incredibles, Almost Super is a fresh, funny middle grade adventure about two brothers in a family of superheroes who must find a way to be heroic despite receiving powers that are total duds. Filled with humor, heart, and just the right kind of heroics, Almost Super is a winning story that will satisfy would-be heroes and regular kids alike.
Everyone over the age of twelve in the Bailey family gets a superpower. No one knows why, and no one questions it. All the Baileys know is that it's their duty to protect the world from the evil, supervillainous Johnson family. *shake fists*
But when Rafter Bailey and his brother Benny get their superpowers, they're, well . . . super-lame. Rafter can strike matches on polyester, and Benny can turn his innie belly button into an outie. Along with Rafter's algebra class nemesis, Juanita Johnson, Rafter and Benny realize that what they thought they knew about superheroes and supervillains may be all wrong. And it's up to the three of them to put asides their differences and make things right. They may not have great powers, but together, they're almost super.
the house.” “You do a fire drill every month!” Mr. Cooper shouted. “It’s not rocket science. You wake up. You walk out of the house. For the love of Pete, give it a rest!” Dad made a big deal of counting heads. “Yep, we’re all safe,” he said, loud enough so Mr. Cooper could hear. “And we made good time. Let’s all go inside and get back to sleep.” “You don’t even have all of your kids out there. And where’s your wife?” Mr. Cooper yelled a few more curse words into the frigid March air, then
I’m embarrassed it took me so long. We weren’t dealing with a single supervillain. We were dealing with a whole other family. Instead of three kids up against a single person, we were now three kids up against . . . who knows how many people? I came to the uncomfortable realization that I was very likely way out of my league. I looked back to Benny. “Okay,” I said. “Benny, call Grandpa. Juanita, you call—” Juanita sounded like she was in a daze. “I don’t believe it,” she said. “What?” Benny
was gone. Replaced with the weaker one. If I had a match and could find a beat-up couch or leisure suit in the dump, I could once again provide fire. The flash of the light had ruined my night vision, and it took a minute for my eyes to readjust to the darkness. I got to my knees and took in everything around me. Charles sprinted toward the helicopter. Somehow he’d freed himself from the tape. The giant also moved toward the helicopter. The van lay on its side, and Juanita crawled up through the
but I can guess. Whatever this Jones family was trying to do here in Split Rock, they tried to do everywhere else. And from the look of it, they succeeded.” Dad sat quiet for a moment, and then said, “We might be the only superheroes left.” I couldn’t imagine it. I didn’t see a lot of my relatives in other cities. They were distant cousins, uncles, and aunts. People I didn’t even know. But I’d always felt comfort in the fact that they were out there, fighting the same fight that I was. Standing
Fighting a wave of despair, I got up, went to our walk-in closet, and stepped inside. I quickly got dressed and then grabbed my shoes and socks. When I came out of the closet, I saw Benny on the floor, his belly and face pressed flat against the carpet. He pushed against the carpet with his hands. “What are you doing?” I asked. “Push-ups!” he said, gasping as his plump body rose into the air. His arms shuddered under the weight, and his whole frame shook with effort. I had a thought. “Have you