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|Geeks, girls, and secret identities|
Author: Jung, Mike
Twelve-year-old Vincent and his fellow members of the Captain Stupendous Fan Club help out when someone new becomes Earth's most famous superhero, without knowing anything about him, just as evil Professor Mayhem and his robot arrive in Copperplate City.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 4.80
Points: 8.0 Quiz: 154823
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 3-5
Reading Level: 5.20
Points: 14.0 Quiz: 58376
Common Core Standards
Grade 3 → Reading → RL Literature → 3.RL Key Ideas & Details
Grade 3 → Reading → RL Literature → 3.RL Craft & Structure
Grade 3 → Reading → RL Literature → 3.RL Integration & Knowledge of Ideas
Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Key Ideas & Details
Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Craft & Structure
Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Integration & Knowledge of Ideas
Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → Texts Illustrating the Complexity, Quality, & Rang
Kirkus Reviews (-) (09/01/12)
School Library Journal (12/01/12)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (01/13)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 10/15/2012 For Vincent Wu, there is nothing as important in the world as Captain Stupendous, Copperplate City’s own real-life superhero. As president of the best (albeit three-member) Captain Stupendous fan club, his knowledge is unsurpassed. Indeed, the only thing to rival his superhero obsession is his interest in one Polly Winnicott-Lee, the best girl in school, in his eyes. So Vincent is understandably perplexed when Captain Stupendous and Polly turn out to be one and the same. But there’s no time to figure it out. Professor Mayhem has kidnapped Vincent’s mother and taken her to his lair beneath stinky Lake Higgleman. Can Vincent, Polly, and friends save the day? Amid the battles with giant alloy robots and alien visitations, Jung explores some interesting curiosities—what would middle school be like in a world where superheroes existed?—and offers some honest and resonant ideas on the matter. With snappy and authentic dialogue, layered plotting, full-on science, and sweet preteen romance, Jung’s boisterous debut is a winner. Here’s hoping we haven’t seen the last of this bunch. - Copyright 2012 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 12/01/2012 Gr 4–6—Vincent Wu knows everything there is to know about Copperplate City's most beloved superhero, Captain Stupendous. He talks about him at dinner. He does reports on him at school. He is even a founding member of the Captain Stupendous Fan Club. When the hero takes a bad hit rescuing Vincent's not-so-secret crush, Polly Winnicott-Lee, he returns slightly different. He no longer has the skills he once had, and he is nearly pulverized in a rematch with the giant automaton he's bested before. In a last-ditch effort to save Vincent from being crushed, and to escape the battle, Stupendous takes off with the boy in his grasp. There is a revelatory moment when Stupendous unveils his secret identity: Polly. During the last battle Stupendous died and passed his abilities to her. It is now up to Vincent to train her and convince her that what he thinks of as the best gift ever is worth keeping. Jung has created an interesting city with a diverse population, reliant on and in love with superheroes (it has four Captain Stupendous fan clubs). The characters experience a good bit of growth, and kids will get a kick out of a teenage girl transforming into a muscle-bound man when performing herculean feats. The plot, funny and exciting, follows a lot of generic superhero themes. There are occasional mild swear words, which are jarring in a text so otherwise perfectly suited to this audience. For those trying to find some accessible adventure stories with a hint of romance, this is a good additional purchase.—Devin Burritt, Wells Public Library, ME - Copyright 2012 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Bulletin for the Center... - 01/01/2013 Vincent Wu lives in a town with its own superhero, Captain Stupendous, who has been fighting monsters, robots, and supervillains since before Vincent was born. He and his friends, Max and George, form the most knowledgeable (and also the nerdiest) of the four Captain Stupendous fan clubs in town, so when something goes wonky with Captain Stupendous, the superhero comes to the boys for help. They are surprised to discover that the superhero is really Vincent’s longtime crush, Polly, who recently became Captain Stupendous when the superhero’s former alter ego transferred his powers to her just before he died. Even more surprising is that Stupendous’ latest foe is Vincent’s father’s high school rival, who has turned into an evil genius named Professor Mayhem. When the professor kidnaps Vincent’s mother, Vincent not only has to help Polly learn how to be Captain Stupendous, but he also has to figure out a way to defeat Professor Mayhem and save his mom. This classic fanboy fantasy hits all the right notes as Vincent uses his wits to overcome some pretty formidable odds. Not only must he outmaneuver a dangerous foe, but he also has to fight for his place in his trio of friends and figure out how to handle sweaty palms and a first kiss; there’s even a little side plot about learning to accept a new boyfriend in his mother’s life as well. The dialogue is witty, the plotting clever, and the sentiments are right on target for the age group; fans of Cody’s Powerless (BCCB 2/10) and readers who enjoy stories about superheroes, underdogs, and friendship skirmishes will all find something to like here. KC - Copyright 2013 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.