Books by Michael Carroll

Released: June 1, 2012

"Readers beguiled with the Super Human trilogy can plunge immediately into the Quantum Prophecy trilogy, to which this has been a prequel. They will be glad they don't have to wait. (Science fiction. 12 & up)"
The third in the Super Human series continues to deliver a high-octane blend of concept and action. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2012

"Hole-y astronomy! (timeline, glossary, author's note, bibliography, image credits, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Oh, my stars! As the cover proclaims, a black hole may not be an actual hole, but readers will be glad they fell into this book. Read full book review >
THE ASCENSION by Michael Carroll
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 30, 2011

"One of those rare sequels that exceed the first. (Adventure. 10-14)"
Carroll heads back to the world he created for Super Human (2010) for a second adventure in teen-superhero territory. Read full book review >
SUPER HUMAN by Michael Carroll
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2010

When the adults mysteriously fall sick, it's up to telekinetic Roz Dalton and her motley collection of burgeoning teen superheroes to defend the world against the machinations of the Helotry, a shadowy organization dedicated to returning the deadly Fifth King, an ancient superhuman that fought for the Assyrians against Egypt 5,000 years ago, to power. Packed with extended fighting scenes, soaring flights and vicious battles of wit, Carroll's adventure honors the best of superhero narratives. The empowered teens take to their powers quickly, with any turmoil over the use of their abilities happening off the page, which keeps the momentum going. However, a disposable romance and the author's heavy hand in portraying moral absolutism hamper the overall tale. The supervillains appear disconnected from their nature; they are reluctant to use their abilities, making their ruthless reputations undeserved. Though this may help propel the plot, the author provides insufficient character back story to support such a contradiction. Decently executed superhero fare, but it doesn't rise up, up and away. (Action. YA)Read full book review >
ADVENTURE
Released: July 1, 2008

A new generation of superheroes is back in this second installment of a promising trilogy (The Awakening, 2007). Ten years later, these teens are coming into their own superpowers, but it is not clear what is expected of them…by their families, their friends or the public at large. What is clear is that they still have enemies looking not only to discredit them but to destroy them. Can they rise to the challenge? Will Danny launch a new global war as was prophesied…or will he and his friends succeed in changing the future? Will Colin take after his father and become Kid Titan…or something completely different? This middle volume gets off to a slow and somewhat muddled start, which will be confusing to those who haven't read the first. But once it gets going, this is a non-stop ride that gathers momentum right up to the cliffhanger of an ending. Straight out of the comic-book genre, this is a fun and involving story that promises to have a bang-up third installment—can't wait! (Science fiction. 9 & up)Read full book review >
QUANTUM PROPHECY by Michael Carroll
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 2007

Imagine a world where superheroes and supervillains really existed, and everyone knew it. Then, a mere decade ago, they all suddenly disappeared without explanation. Now, two young teenagers in England suspect they may also have superpowers, which makes them targets for unknown military forces. Their parents haven't been telling them everything, and when confronted, they have to share some truths that aren't all that pleasant. Kidnapped, on the run in a strange country, not knowing who is friend or foe, not able to rely on their new powers that come and go, Colin and Danny must decide. If they have super powers, who will they turn out to be . . . the good guys or the bad guys? This first in a trilogy promises to be a terrific ride for young readers, especially boys. While the subject matter is lifted from comic books, this is a solid read. The pace is fast, the story more than credible and the characters appealing. A coming-of-age story with a delightful twist. (Science fiction. 10-14)Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

A mix of astronomical photos and splashy, spread-filling painted star fields illustrate this double-stranded account of the universe's likely origin. DeCristofano alternates informal explanations with lines of an alphabetical poem, taking our universe from "An astronomical Big Bang / Changed the crunched-up universe, causing the current cosmos" to "Yet the universe remains zipped up. / Will it ever reveal its ways?" Simplifying basic concepts—describing the formation of matter, for instance, but not of space and time along with it—she chronicles each stage of the Big Bang, goes on to a quick history of observational astronomy, and the discovery that the universe is expanding, and then closes with the optimistic thought that we just might unzip those ways, one day. An energetic, animated alternative to Seymour Simon's more matter-of-fact Universe (2000). (Nonfiction. 6-8)Read full book review >