Minion

From the author of SIDEKICKED!

The story has a high-pitched climax, complete with a truly evil supervillian, yet leaves plenty of room for a sequel.

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Minion
by John David Anderson

John David Anderson returns to the world of superheroes he created in Sidekicked with an entirely new cast of characters in Minion, a funny and emotional companion to his first breakout tween novel—perfect for superhero fans who also love the work of bestselling authors Rick Riordan, Louis Sachar, and Frank Cottrell Boyce.

Michael Morn might be a villain, but he’s really not a bad guy. When you live in New Liberty, known across the country as the City without a Super, there are only two kinds of people, after all: those who turn to crime and those who suffer. Michael and his adoptive father spend their days building boxes—special devices with mysterious abilities—which they sell to the mob at a price. They provide for each other, they look out for each other, and they’d never betray each other.

But then a Super comes to town, and Michael’s world is thrown into disarray. The Comet could destroy everything Michael and his dad have built, the safe and secure life they’ve made for themselves. And now Michael and his father face a choice: to hold tight to their life or to let it unravel.

 

About the Author: John David Anderson

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Author John David Anderson

John David Anderson writes novels for young people and then, occasionally, gets them published. He is the author of Sidekicked, Standard Hero Behavior, Minion, and the soon-to-be-released Dungeoneers. He lives with his patient wife and brilliant twins in Indianapolis, Indiana, right next to a State park and a Walmart. He enjoys hiking, reading, chocolate, spending time with his family, playing the piano, chocolate, making board games, chocolate, not putting away his laundry, watching movies, and chocolate. Those aren't his real teeth.

There are lots of ways to contact him. Telepathy, for example. Carrier pigeon. Alien distress beacon. Sky writing. Failing those, you can always e-mail him here. Be sure to tell him how his book has revolutionized your life, or, barring that, how you used it to smash a bug or something.

His website is johndavidanderson.org

Praise & Reviews

In this companion to Sidekicked, Anderson introduces a fascinating new cast of characters. The real strength lies in the writing with its humorous, vivid descriptions, and strong, original voice. There are also several mysteries to keep readers intrigued, [and] interesting questions about good and evil and the ethics of coercion are explored. The story has a high-pitched climax, complete with a truly evil supervillian, yet leaves plenty of room for a sequel. This is an engaging and though-provoking novel for middle-grade superhero fans.

School Library Journal

One of the pleasures of superhero stories is guessing what’s coming next, but the joy here is that most of the time readers will guess wrong. Michael is as complex as the best Marvel and DC characters, and his dialogue is just as funny.

Kirkus Reviews

This was awesome! I have a lot of students asking for super hero/villain books, and the brilliant part about Anderson's writing is that he drops you right into the well-constructed world of New Liberty without apology AND he totally gets middle school boys. The friendship between Michael and Zach is wonderfully warm, but in a hit-you-on-the-shoulder-instead-of-hug-you way, and Michael's appreciation of Viola is pitch perfect. I really liked the depiction of his father, which shows that you don't have to be perfect to be a parent, you just have to be present and concerned. The cover also gets the perfect middle school balance between goofy and serious. I'd sort of like to know more about Michael, but the fact that Anderson's books are also (somewhat related) stand alones-- just right.

Karen Yingling, Ms. Yingling Reads blog

John David Anderson enjoys talking with students about reading, writing, superheroes, annoying pets, the importance of action figures as a source of inspiration, and sundry other topics. Presentations can range from giganto auditorium-style dealies to hands-on writer's workshop thingamados to classroom Q&A whatchamacallits.

If you are interested in having him come talk to your school, book club, rampaging mob, or general gathering of word-loving peoples, feel free to contact him at johndavidandersonauthor@gmail.com. For those who are afraid he might smell bad, he also Skypes. For free.

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