In this sequel to My Brother is a Superhero (2015), it’s up to totally ordinary 11-year-old Luke to save the planet.
When Zorbon the Decider handed out superpowers in the last book, the white boy was taking a bathroom break, so his brother became Star Guy, and then his Asian-American friend, Lara Lee, became Dark Flutter (who can command small, cute animals). Luke’s been left out twice. When his mom takes away his Xbox, Luke resorts to visiting the comic-book store that had been run by the previous book’s villain, who swears he’s now on the side of good. Luke decides to count on that pledge when he’s transported to an enormous spaceship and learns that extraterrestrials who run a continuous reality show intend their next episode to be the destruction of Earth. Possibly even worse, they’ve all taken on the appearance of his gym teacher, Miss Dunham. However, Luke’s real problem is that he has discovered a weakness in Star Guy’s defenses, but Star Guy won’t listen to him. Can Luke figure out how to save Earth with only his wits? Solomons never lets up on the humor; readers will laugh out loud, as the book uses every superhero cliché imaginable. In a slightly meta and very funny turn, Luke takes advantage of them: his encyclopedic knowledge of comic books gives him a strategic edge over the ETs.
Wildly funny. (Adventure. 8-12)