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Penelope Akk wants to be a superhero. She's got superhero parents. She's got the ultimate mad science power, filling her life with crazy gadgets that even she doesn't understand. She has two superpowered best friends. In middle school the line between good and evil looks clear. In real life nothing is that clear. All it takes is one hero's sidekick picking a fight, and Penny and her friends are labeled supervillains. In the process Penny learns a hard lesson about villainy: She's good at it.
Criminal masterminds, heroes in power armor, bottles of dragon blood, alien war drones, shape-shifters, and ghosts - no matter what the superpowered world throws at her, Penny and her friends come out on top. They have to. If she can keep winning, maybe she can clear her name before her mom and dad find out.
©2014 Richard Roberts (P)2015 Tantor
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By Eugenia on 05-24-16

If This was a Jury, I'd be the Holdout...

I seem to be alone in my assessment of this book. But I found it totally lacking in fully realized characters that I had to put in my own preconceived attributes of teenagers and comic book superheroes. I needed more reality, more descriptions of the world they live in.
Almost everything was just told instead of shown. We got characters telling about the super heroes and villains without actually being in the story. And the author goes to great lengths to describe the workings and mechanisms of the devices that I found to be so dull because it was like, who cares if the altenator circuit thing doesn't have the proper wires? That's not the reality that is needed.
To be fair, I admit to stopping listening a bit more than halfway through so maybe it really picked up later, but I just couldn't wait.
And, by the way, I enjoy YA series with superheroes like Ex-Heroes, but those were well-written, clearly establishing the world that these well-defined characters lived in.
Sorry, it's just that with a title so compelling, the book really disappointed.

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By David on 06-02-16

Fun for the whole family

So I picked up this book when it was on sale on audible because my son was wanting to listen to a book. As it turns out we ended up spending the better part of every night for a full week sitting on the couch and listening to this wonderful book together. My son isn't a big 'reader' but this has encouraged him to explore books more. As for me, I loved it as well. It was well written and fun. It is fast paced with interesting characters and comic heroes. I am a big fan of comics and super heroes and have been for years. This scratched the itch perfectly and had the added bonus of bringing my son and I closer together. I HIGHLY recommend this book and we can't wait for the next two to come to Audible! Thank you Richard Roberts!

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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By R. ODELL on 06-27-17

Great story and well read

I thought this book would be for my children, playing it mostly in the car on the school runs.
However, I found myself enjoying the story and listening more and more when the children were not around :-)
I do recommend this book for all, very enjoyable.

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By Ho-Man Yau on 11-10-16

nice and funny.

a tale of a wannabe super hero who somehow drifts into the role of a super villain and becomes pretty good at it. it's funny because no matter how much she tries everyone including her parents take it the wrong way.

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