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The Resource Ben Braver and the incredible exploding kid, by Marcus Emerson

Ben Braver and the incredible exploding kid, by Marcus Emerson

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Ben Braver and the incredible exploding kid
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Ben Braver and the incredible exploding kid
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by Marcus Emerson
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eng
Summary
"Even though Ben Braver saved Kepler Academy from total destruction last year, he knows he still doesn't fit in at his secret middle school for kids with special abilities. Ben's been hiding his lack of super skills, but it's getting harder as his classmates' powers are getting stronger. Will Ben be able to power up before his enemies at school take him down? And will he risk everything to become the ultimate superhero?"--
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  • Grades 4-7 Ben’s life becomes even more complicated in his second year at Kepler Academy, a secret school for children with special powers (“like the X-Mansion, but without all the spandex”), as the fact that he has acquired a squad of awestruck groupies after saving the school in the previous episode (The Super Life of Ben Braver, 2018) makes it all the more imperative to hide that he has no powers of his own. Moreover, all the adulation goes to his head so severely that he alienates his real friends—leaving him in a bad position when a new threat arises in the form of a vengeful former student who can explode like a nuclear bomb. Along with filling the supporting cast with students who can turn into goats, absorb other people’s allergies, and other less-than-super powers, Emerson adds frequent, comical ink-and-wash vignettes. The comedy mingles with darker doings, though, as revelations about tragic events in the school’s past come to light and the ending hints at higher stakes in the next outing. -- John Peters (Reviewed 3/1/2019) (Booklist, vol 115, number 13, p53)
  • Ben Braver can't shake his fear that something really bad will happen this year: "That's how sequels work." Ben saved Kepler Academy from a mind-controlling supervillain in series opener The Super Life of Ben Braver (2017), but trouble continues to follow him in his second year at the school for kids with superpowers. In addition to lingering nightmares of last year's horrors, Ben has to deal with a fan club, some "King Kong-size changes" at school, the mystery of the secret 15th student of the school's inaugural class, the ever present possibility that he'll be outed as a phony, and a growing sense that something big is happening. Readers should definitely start with the first book in the series, as many of the plotlines build on previously introduced characters and events. In-line comics, together with Ben's hilarious asides and moments of pure absurdity (see: a jealous, lightsaber-wielding peanut butter cup), will appeal to many, although some casually pejorative language may detract others. While wary readers will anticipate the identity of this installment's bad guy, clues cleverly dropped along the way will still have budding sleuths eagerly rereading to pick up each thread. The black-and-white illustrations show characters with a variety of grayscale skin tones, but most of the characters, including black-haired Ben and the majority of the adults, have paper-white skin. Another entertaining outing for those already onboard. (Graphic/adventure hybrid. 7-12) (Kirkus Reviews, February 1, 2019)
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10766445
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Emerson, Marcus
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[Fic]
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illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 4
  • 7
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True
Series statement
Ben Braver
Series volume
0002
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  • Middle schools
  • Middle school students
  • Superheroes
  • Good and evil
  • Middle schools
  • Middle school students
  • Superheroes
  • Good and evil
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juvenile
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Ben Braver and the incredible exploding kid, by Marcus Emerson
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on1088238794
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
319 pages
Isbn
9781626727113
Lccn
2018944887
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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illustrations
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(OCoLC)1088238794
Label
Ben Braver and the incredible exploding kid, by Marcus Emerson
Publication
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1088238794
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
319 pages
Isbn
9781626727113
Lccn
2018944887
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
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(OCoLC)1088238794

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