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Book Review : The Super Life of Ben Braver

February 7, 2018

After an altercation with the school bully, Ben Braver is chosen to go to a special boarding school for children with super powers. The trouble is that Ben doesn’t know what his super power is, plus the school bully has also been chosen to attend. Still, he has until Christmas to discover his super power and in a big school avoiding the bully shouldn’t be too hard. In the meantime, he makes friends with his roommate Noah, and Penny, the girl in the room immediately above theirs. With little homework and plenty of time, they become acquainted with the other students and their unusual powers.

Ben’s quest for a super power seems doomed, but then a strange illness spreads through the school infecting significant numbers of students. Ben takes on the challenge of solving the mystery and battles a super-villain. The author, Marcus Emerson, highlights a valuable lesson, which is that being a hero, is more about being a good friend then having super powers.

The book has black and white illustrations throughout, with comical conversations. It is an easy to read, fast paced story that would appeal to pre-teen boys as the humour is often based around food and bodily functions.

Thanks to Christian School Supplier for providing a free book for review.

by Susan Barnes
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Susan Barnes

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