Leon the Extraordinary by Jamar Nicholas

Published by Graphix

Summary:  Leon lives in a town populated by superheroes and villains, but he and his best friend Carlos are ordinary.  That doesn’t stop Leon from wanting to be a hero and wearing a cape, gloves, and goggles wherever he goes.  His former friend Clementine has let her new superpowers go to her head, but when a zombie-creating game starts appearing on other kids’ phones, Leon realizes he needs her help to save the school.  Not only does he track down and defeat the supervillain who is causing the problems, but he discovers some interesting and exciting things about himself and his family.  272 pages; grades 3-6.

Pros:  Kids will love this superhero graphic novel about an ordinary kid who manages to do extraordinary deeds through hard work and kindness.  The last page ends with the promising words “To be continued…”

Cons:  I was hoping Clementine would become a little less insufferable by the end.  Still, there were signs that things might turn around in book 2.

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