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Powerless

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· Knopf Books for Young Readers
· Hardcover · Ages 8-12 years
· October 27, 2009 · $15.99 · 978-0-375-85595-5 (0-375-85595-5)

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

Superheroes soar in this promising debut—and they’re kids!

Twelve-year-old Daniel, the new kid in town, soon learns the truth about his nice—but odd—new friends: one can fly, another can turn invisible, yet another controls electricity. Incredible. The superkids use their powers to secretly do good in the town, but they’re haunted by the fact that the moment they turn thirteen, their abilities will disappear—along with any memory that they ever had them. Is a memory-stealing supervillain sapping their powers?

The answers lie in a long-ago meteor strike, a World War II–era comic book (Fantastic Futures, starring the first superhero, Johnny Noble), the green-flamed Witch Fire, a hidden Shroud cave, and—possibly, unbelievably—“powerless” regular-kid Daniel himself.

Superhero kids meet comic book mystery in this action-filled debut about the true meaning of a hero.

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NOMINEE - Illinois Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Award
NOMINEE - Virginia Young Readers Program Award
NOMINEE - Connecticut Nutmeg Children's Book Award
NOMINEE - ALA Best Books for Young Adults
NOMINEE - New Hampshire Great Stone Face Children's Book Award
NOMINEE - Missouri Mark Twain Award
NOMINEE - Pennsylvania Young Readers Choice Award
WINNER - Virginia Young Readers Program Award

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY

Matthew Cody divides his time between writing and teaching college English. He lives with his wife and young son in New York City, where he is at work on his next novel for Knopf.

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