“The perfect training manual for superheroes everywhere.”
- Kirkus Reviews

“From memorable characters to a complex yet accessible plot, in this superhero story that any comics fan will enjoy.”
- Publisher’s Weekly, starred review

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by John David Anderson

Andrew Bean might be a part of h.e.r.o., a secret organization for the training of superhero sidekicks, but that doesn’t mean that life is all leaping tall buildings in single bounds. First, there’s Drew’s power: Possessed of super senses—his hearing, sight, taste, touch, and smell are the most powerful on the planet—he’s literally the most sensitive kid in school. There’s his superhero mentor, a former legend who now spends more time straddling barstools than fighting crime. And then there’s his best friend, Jenna—their friendship would be complicated enough if she weren’t able to throw a Volkswagen the length of a city block. Add in trying to keep his sidekick life a secret from everyone, including his parents, and the truth is clear: Middle school is a drag even with superpowers.

But this is all before a supervillain long thought dead returns to the city of Justicia, superheroes begin disappearing at an alarming rate, and Drew’s two identities threaten to crash head-on into each other. Drew has always found it pretty easy to separate right from wrong, good from evil. It’s what a superhero does. But what happens when that line starts to disappear?

About the Author: John David Anderson

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Author John David Anderson

John David Anderson writes novels for children and young adults and then, occasionally, gets them published. His other publications with Walden Pond Press include Minion and The Dungeoneers. He lives with his way-too-supportive wife and annoyingly-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 laundry, watching movies, and chocolate. Those aren't his real teeth.

There are lots of ways to contact him. Telepathy, for example. Carrier pigeon, if you have one. Sky writing is not recommended because he's not terribly observant. Failing those, you can always e-mail him here or find him online at He enjoys visiting schools, libraries, and other institutions that sequester kids for seemingly educational purposes to share his thoughts on writing, the pros and cons of primarily living in a fantasy world, and the degrees of creaminess in root beer.

Praise & Reviews

A super book! will make you wish you could turn pages faster than a speeding bullet just to find out what’s going to happen next…you’ll find a lot to love in this funny, suspenseful book!

Margaret Peterson Haddix, author of the Shadow Children series

From memorable characters to a complex yet accessible plot, in this superhero story that any comics fan will enjoy.

Publisher’s Weekly, starred review

The perfect training manual for superheroes everywhere.

Kirkus Reviews

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