DULL BOY by Sarah Cross


Age Range: 10 - 14


Teenager Avery Pirzwick flies around town each night looking for crimes to stop and people to help with his super strength. He wants to do good with these secret powers that have so messed up his life. He’s had to quit wrestling to keep from hurting his opponents, and his parents’ checkbook has taken a hit for damages incurred. When Cherchette Morozov, an odd European woman with powers of her own, offers to help, Avery wonders if she’s his savior. That’s thrown into doubt when he befriends Darla, Sophie and Nicholas, who have their own secrets, and super-intelligent Darla is certain Cherchette is no Charles Xavier of X-Men fame. Soul searching, teen angst and super-battles (with humor) ensue. Cross’s first is a funny teen–super-team origin story…without an awful lot of action. Avery’s sarcastic, self-deprecating narration is a highlight, as is the strange array of superpowers. The characters’ normal, goofy interactions are the focus until the page-turning finale. A good bet for all teen sections—just not all superhero fans. (Fantasy. 10-14)

Pub Date: May 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-525-42133-7
Page count: 320pp
Publisher: Dutton
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 2009


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