My kids love to read….but sometimes it’s hard to find the right books that capture their attention. I was thrilled to discover Public School Superhero, the newest middle grade novel by author James Patterson. My 4th grader was immediately drawn to it. Prizing & samples courtesy of Little, Brown. All thoughts are my own.
There are a few things I love about this picture: First, AJ is reading on the front steps. Outside. That means that it’s feeling more like spring! And second, he’s reading outside. He could be playing, but he chose to read. Love that.
Another fun thing to note: I asked AJ to bring me the book last night and he said, “Um, it’s in my desk at school.” I was worried that it had been “forgotten” but when he pulled it out of his backpack this afternoon, I was pleased to see that he was on chapter 53. He is devouring it.
I love that Public School Superhero features normal kids, just like my son, who learn that anyone can be a superhero – that everyone has personal strengths that can help and lift others.
About Public School Superhero:
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.
About James Patterson:
James Patterson was selected by readers across America as the Children’s Choice Book Awards Author of the Year in 2010. He is the internationally bestselling author of the highly praised Middle School books, I Funny, Confessions of a Murder Suspect, and the Maximum Ride, Witch & Wizard, Daniel X, and Alex Cross series. His books have sold over 275 million copies worldwide, making him one of the bestselling authors of all time.
First Book Donation
In 2015, James Patterson will donate 100,000 copies of Public School Superhero to some of the most neglected and underfunded schools in America, and he will launch a major campaign to support school libraries. In 2014, in addition to giving a copy of one of his middle grade books to every sixth grader in the New York City and Chicago public school systems, Patterson gave $1,000,000 to independent bookstores with children’s sections.
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 for young readers, Public School Superhero, to 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 are the very kids who inspired him to write Public School Superhero.
The books will be distributed through First Book, a nonprofit social enterprise that provides new books for kids in need. First Book is 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. By making new, high-quality books available on an ongoing basis, First Book is transforming the lives of children in need and elevating the quality of education. For more information visit firstbook.org or join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.
Enter to WIN a Public School Superhero Prize Pack
BOOM! POW! CHECKMATE! Enter for a chance to win a chess set and a copy of Public School Superhero. This giveaway is open to US addresses only, and will close on April 15 at midnight ET. Prizing & samples courtesy of Little, Brown.
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