Publisher: Flatiron View Books
Publication Date: October 26th 2010
Genre: Middle Grade Adventure
Book Synopsis: Kevin Tobin is a relatively ordinary 12-year-old dealing with the aftermath of his father's death in a mountain biking accident near their home in Boulder, Colorado. To escape from his emotional turmoil, Kevin has developed his imagination into a dangerous foil and a powerful ally. While he antagonizes his sister through his superhero antics on an average Wednesday morning, his ability to escape inside a character's head become critical to his survival after his life is once-again turned upside down a year after his father's death. A mysterious package arrives in the mail, Kevin and his best friend are hunted down by a ruthless villain set upon world domination, and after enlisting Kevin's teenage sister and her pizza-delivery boyfriend in a battle for control over time itself, the secret of Kevin's whole existence is revealed to him by a source we never expected. Del Shannon's imaginative story, appreciation for the powers of family and the desire of young boys to both escape reality and prove themselves within it, and fast-paced, adventure-filled storytelling style make this a book with wide appeal for readers of all ages.My Thoughts: What an odd, yet very humorous book! This one was so much fun and very fast paced!!! If it were a TV show, you wouldn't want to get up during the commercials because you'd be afraid you'd miss something!!!!
Kevin uses his very vivid imagination to escape reality and to deal with a very traumatic situation in his life. I love the way the author used something fun to show how to better deal with hardships.
This book might have been written for middle grade students, but I feel everyone could find some pleasure with it!! Being the mother of a now grown, but very ornery son, I could so relate!!! From the antagonizing of his sister to his super-hero adventures, I can see my son in his younger years - as well as many of my current students!!
I can so see this as a read-aloud in school. I think I would even snag the attention of those hard-to-reach boys who hate everything about reading! It could be fun reading to a point that could leave the kids hanging on the edge of their seats, and begging me to read just one more page!!! I think I see a plan in the works!!!! I know that I would enjoy reading it yet again - and sharing at the same time!
For his first full-length novel, I think that Del Shannon has something to be proud of!
About the Author: Del Shannon is a civil engineer and works on water projects around the world, and is also an independent writer and author. He lives with his wife and two children in Boulder, Colorado.
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