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"Drew Bean might be a part of a secret organization for the training of superhero sidekicks, but that doesn't mean that life is all leaping tall buildings in single bounds.Drew is possessed of super senses--his hearing, sight, taste, touch, and smell are the most powerful on the planet--making him literally the most sensitive kid in school. And then there's his best friend, Jenna--their friendship would be complicated enough if she weren't able to throw an eighteen-wheeler the length of a city block. Add in trying to keep his sidekick life a secret from everyone, including his parents, and the truth is clear: middle school is pretty much a drag regardless of whether you have superpowers. But this is all before a supervillain long thought dead returns to the city of Justica and Drew's two identities threaten to crash head-on into each other. Drew has always found it pretty easy to separate right from wrong, good from evil. It's what a superhero does. But what happens when that line starts to disappear? Fans of The extraordinary adventures of Ordinary Boy will love Sidekicked, John David Anderson's hilarious middle-grade superhero novel"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Walden Pond Press, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2013
ISBN: 9780062133168 (electronic bk.)
0062133160 (electronic bk.)
Branch Call Number: eBOOK FIC ANDERSON
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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Drew Bean might be a part of a secret organization for the training of superhero sidekicks, but that doesn't mean that life is all leaping tall buildings in single bounds. Among other problems, he has to try to keep his sidekick life a secret from everyone, including his parents. But when a super... Read More »

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Sep 27, 2020

Side Kicked was about a boy named Andrew Bean with a few special abilities thrown into a world where "Supers" with superpowers are the norm. We learned pretty early on in the book that those with superpowers had many of the same problems as the rest of us as well as others of their own. Andrew Bean told the story from his perspective, so we saw how he dealt with with the world of middle school as well as the world of "Supers." The story was well written with lots of insight into both worlds.

FPL_ElizabethC May 01, 2020

Sidekicks always get sidelined – until now. The hero of this story is sidekick-in-training Andrew Bean, possessor of super senses. Middle school and a first crush are hard enough without a secret identity, sidekick training, and new questions about all the blurry line between heroes and villains

IndyPL_SteveB Apr 02, 2019

A fun juvenile spoof of comic book and movie superhero stories by Indianapolis writer Anderson. Seventh grader Drew is secretly in training to be a “sidekick” to a superhero. Drew has naturally enhanced super powers of sight, smell, and hearing. It’s handy for hearing conversations a mile away; not so handy to smell everyone’s garbage for miles.

Drew lives in the city of Justicia, where he is part of a middle school club that trains children with budding super powers. He is head over heels in love (middle school version) with Jenna, who seems like a young Supergirl. Unfortunately, the superhero that Drew is supposed to be assisting spends all of his time depressed in a seedy bar. And now a terrible villain is on the loose and heading to Justicia. Who will save the day?

This is a goofy, amiable book for 5th-7th grade readers, with a lot of action but with a snarky and punny sense of humor for the clever reader.

Jul 31, 2016

This is an awesome book but I wonder if it will connect with Minion later on

FindingJane Apr 23, 2016

The life of a sidekick has been explored in other books, to rather telling effect. This one is just a little different because the sidekick, well, isn’t fully trained yet. And his superhero (known as a “Super”) doesn’t want him. Oh dear.

The Sensationalist (his code name) doesn’t have powers that he thinks are really great. All of his senses are hyper-tuned, making him capable of smelling what a person’s had for breakfast hours after he’s eaten, picking out conversation through solid walls and able to see a newspaper in fine print from across the room.

Most people would think these are great powers and could think of all sorts of nifty applications for them. But Andrew Bean (his secret identity) spends a lot of time internally moaning about how useless his powers are and envying other sidekicks who can punch through steel or turn their skin into granite. He could warn his Super if the man was about to walk into a room filled with poison gas but all Bean can think about is pointless it would be if he’d be able to tell that a supervillain ate tuna fish for lunch.

Bean could have come off as being useless, whiny and lacking in imagination. But the author surmounts this potential problem by handing him a Super who’s a lazy, self-pitying alcoholic and giving Bean have a wry sense of humor. (If things are going tough, it must be a Tuesday. Guess he just can’t get the hang of Tuesdays.)

There’s a conspiracy at work. Supers are disappearing and an old gang known as the Suits (clever) has just been sprung from prison. From there, the action is rather sparse—most of it happening at a distance and seen at a remove on television. What the author makes significant is the interaction of the sidekicks who must act without their Supers, Bean using his powers in a positive way and the unraveling of a mystery that happened years ago and is just playing out in the present.

The revelation about the so-called bad guy is a shocker but the motivation is not. Good can be hard to pin down and evil equally so. At times, it seems as if Bean doesn’t care about upholding the light of justice and would just like a little fame, glory and recognition. Entirely human desires but not exactly heroic. Whatever else Bean aspire to be, right now, he’s just an ordinary human kid…and sometimes he wishes he was just that.

“Sidekicked” takes the reader behind the mask and the spandex and gives us a lot more to chew on than your typical summer blockbuster. It’s meant to be for adolescents just barely into their teens but adults who are tired of the latest Spider-Man reboot might give this a try. They’ll be pleasantly surprised at how human superhumans can be.

Oct 13, 2015

This book has got me hooked from the first few pages. It is totally a good read. I like acting out some of the parts while reading, and that's what makes it so great! It's perfect for reading aloud. I love this book!!!!!!!!
This book is a great read, so I recommend it.

Kidbookqueen May 27, 2015

The superhero plot really begs to be read aloud -- funny villain speeches that will hook moms, dads or an older sibling or grandparent who like to ham it up. And that's just in the prologue!!

Jul 29, 2014

The book is very good, but a little bit hard to follow in places. I would reccomend it.

Apr 30, 2014

I really enjoyed this book due to the humor and suspense. The action was good and the book tickled my fancy even though i am a girl, but that might be because i love super heros and villans. I though the protaganist was very funny and smart. The book was unpredictable unless you pay attention to little details!

Feb 24, 2014

Hmmm. Read this book yourself. Boy with power to smell/hear etc extremely good trains to be super hero. I'm left vaguely unsatisfied. I know without a doubt the target audience is young boys, and for sure they would enjoy it. However I can't shake that slight "ugh" feeling. Is it because I'm such a girl and the things that would appeal to a young man are just so opposite me? (I'm not being sexist..... Guys minds work differently and that's not a bad thing :) Good character development. Funny parts. Great struggle with what makes a person "bad". Excellent action and tension. Made me stay up to 1am to finish it, lol. Bit lengthy. Definitely predictable. Boy gets infatuated with girl and thus can't figure out mystery of who the bad guys are. He's clumsy and wanting his mentor to save him every step of the way. Oh, and even his power would make him be the best spy in the entire world, he wishes he had a different power. Smart in some places, dumb in others. Although it throws out some red herrings, I thought it was extra obvious who the bad guys were. I recommend you read this book and see if its a good fit. For me: the jury's stil out.


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