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Public school superhero, by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts

Label
Public school superhero
Title
Public school superhero
Statement of responsibility
by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts
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Language
eng
Summary
In this story about a good kid with a great imagination struggling in a less-than-ideal world, James Patterson brings his bestselling "Middle School"-style humor and sensibility to an urban setting.Kenny Wright is a kid with a secret identity. In his mind, he's Stainlezz Steel, super-powered defender of the weak. In reality, he's a chess club devotee known as a "grandma's boy," a label that makes him an easy target for bullies. Kenny wants to bring a little more Steel to the real world, but can he recognize his own true strength before peer pressure forces him to make the worst choice of his life?James Patterson's newest novel is a genuinely funny yet poignant look at middle school in a challenging urban setting, where a kid's life can depend on the everyday decisions he makes
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Review
  • Grades 4-6 In a novel aimed as much at parents as at their middle-school children, Kenny—a sixth-grader at Washington, D.C.’s Union Middle School and longtime bully victim—finds ways to give his rep a remake. After he falls afoul of the new, refreshingly caring principal, Dr. Yetty, Kenny finds himself teaching chess to a streetwise classmate in lieu of detention and discovers that the learning goes both ways. When Dr. Yetty is suddenly transferred, Kenny joins his furious grandmother—an old civil rights era warrior—and other parents in a march. Readers, particularly in beleaguered urban districts, will see plenty of parallels between their schools and Union Middle and sympathize with Kenny’s cause. Along with pen-and-ink spot illustrations, Thomas contributes pages of comic-book panels that portray Kenny’s angst over keeping his (minor) malfeasances in school from G’ma as a running battle between costumed crime fighter “Stainlezz Steel” and his evil doppelgänger, “Shameless Steal.” The tidy but optimistic end brings clear wins for the good guys, costumed and otherwise. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Patterson, a longtime force in the adult market, has nabbed a new legion of fans through his best-selling Middle School series. With admirers of all ages, don’t be surprised if everyone wants to get their hands on his latest. -- Peters, John (Reviewed 03-15-2015) (Booklist, vol 111, number 14, p74)
  • Gr 4 – 6 — By day, Kenny Wright is an average middle school kid, living in Washington, DC. But he has three things against him: he loves his grandmother, earning him the nickname "Grandma's Boy;" he's smart, because Grandma makes him study; and he has an affinity for chess. These facts could make life rough for any kid, but at inner-city Union Middle School, it makes him a prime target for bullying. Enter his alter-ego, Stainlezz Steel, a superhero who performs feats of valor from thwarting a robbery by ruthless thugs to rescuing cats, generally keeping the city streets and his school safe for the weak and nerdy. Union Middle School faces some tough situations as well: budget cuts, teacher and principal turnover, and low-performing students. Trying to stay out of trouble seems to get Kenny in deeper and his new principal isn't having any of it. Can Stainlezz Steel save the day or will Kenny find a way to save it on his own? Packed with fast-paced, tween-speak, Public School Superhero will entertain and enlighten. Kenny is relatable and his relationship with his grandmother is touching. Kenny is African American and his classmates include kids from a rich and realistic diversity of racial and ethnic backgrounds, adding to the overall appeal of this novel. Readers will also enjoy the multiple pages of funny, comic book-style illustrations packed with superhero stunts and preteen angst. VERDICT Definitely buy this one.—Carol Connor, Cincinnati Public Schools, OH --Carol Connor (Reviewed April 1, 2015) (School Library Journal, vol 61, issue 4, p148)
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technical information on music
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10427334
Cataloging source
TEFOD
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1947-
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Patterson, James
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[Fic]
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LC call number
PZ7.P27653
LC item number
Pu 2015ab
Literary text for sound recordings
fiction
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  • 3
  • 4
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not applicable
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Read by Joshua Boone
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  • Tebbetts, Christopher
  • Boone, Joshua
  • Hachette Audio (Firm)
  • Blackstone Audio, Inc
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True
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  • Chess players
  • Bullies
  • Schools
  • Superheroes
  • Superheroes
  • Chess
  • Schools
  • Bullies
Target audience
pre adolescent
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not applicable
Label
Public school superhero, by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts
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spoken word
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Unabridged.
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1 online resource (1 sound file (03 hr., 14 min., 05 sec.))
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online
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9781478959113
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sound
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digital recording
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  • 2019262
  • (OCoLC)903689203
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Label
Public school superhero, by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts
Link
Publication
Copyright
Antecedent source
unknown
Capture and storage technique
digital storage
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
not applicable
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Content category
spoken word
Content type code
  • spw
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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  • not applicable
  • unknown
Edition
Unabridged.
Extent
1 online resource (1 sound file (03 hr., 14 min., 05 sec.))
File format
unknown
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online
Groove width / pitch
not applicable
Isbn
9781478959113
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not applicable
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not applicable
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unknown
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
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digital.
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8de1db78-f40b-435f-88a4-17553fab38fc
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
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unknown
Sound
sound
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digital recording
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  • other
  • remote
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other
System control number
  • 2019262
  • (OCoLC)903689203
  • (OCoLC)ocn903689203
  • 2019262
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not applicable
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