Super-Kids

Aug. 27th, 2008 12:48 pm
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So after reading Stephenie Meyer's Twilight saga (yes, cynics may groan now) for ethical reasons before selling anymore of it, I really tried to use my somewhat surprised enjoyment of it to renew my interest in children's literature. Being a book guy, I felt that Harry Potter and its clingers had glutted the market for so long that it was kind of a no-brainer to find good recommends for most kids because they wanted the next thing like it. That's NOT to belittle similar fantastic series (the Lightning Thief for example), but it also did force me to think about other things kids might like that weren't strictly magical.

I was surprised to see that despite a HUGE run of superhuman movies and the ilk, not very many people had tried to get in on the niche. Jenny Nimmo did a little with Charlie Bone but both in look and feel its still very Potter-esque.

So I was surprised when I stumbled on the Quantum Prophecy (originally released as "The New Heroes" in the UK). First off to all the comic book fanatics on my list, ITS NOT A SOPHISTICATED SUPERS STORY. But it is a kid friendly, less cheesy answer to Hero High and the genre of next-gen supers. Its got a touch of British and American sensibilities to it. Its a fast read (both american releases took less than six hours), its cheap, and its action oriented. In short if you have a semi-geeky nephew, niece, or cousin who you need a good book gift for, I say get it.

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