Thursday, March 26, 2015

Public School Superhero: James Patterson Reads Prize Pack Giveaway (ages 9-12)

James Patterson's middle school novels are a huge hit at Emerson--kids find them funny, relatable, and engaging. Patterson has long been committed to inspiring kids to read -- I'm a big fan of his Read, Kiddo, Read website and the way he uses his notoriety and success to champion all sorts of reading for kids.
"Here's a simple but powerful truth that many parents and schools don't act on: the more kids read, the better readers they become. The best way to get kids reading more is to give them books they'll gobble up... Freedom of choice is a key to getting them motivated and excited."

We Can Get Our Kids Reading
by James Patterson
Patterson has just announced a tremendous opportunity he's offering to schools across the US: he's pledged $1.5 million to give to school libraries through a partnership with Scholastic. Please share this news with your school librarians, principals and teachers!

Today I'd like to celebrate his newest book: Public School Superhero. I'm excited about this because so many of my 4th and 5th graders ask for funny books and adventure books. They will love the comics that are sprinkled throughout this. And I'm so happy to see the main character is an African American boy.
Public School Superhero
by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts
illustrations by Cory Thomas
Little, Brown, 2015
read chapters 1-5 online
Your local library
ages 9-12
Publisher summary: 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 the question is: can he recognize his own true strength before peer pressure forces him to make the worst choice of his life?

Kirkus review: Kenny's dreams of superpowered heroics provide a respite from his tough school. Kenny Wright loves his grandma, chess and superheroes. Less loved is his school, an overcrowded, underfunded cinderblock straight out of the fourth season of The Wire. A string of peculiar circumstances puts Kenny in the position of teaching his enemy, Ray-Ray, how to play chess, but this crummy state of affairs may be just what Kenny needs right now. ... A smart and kind story topped with just the right amount of social justice. (see full review)

James Patterson Reads Prize Pack Giveaway

Make it through middle school with James Patterson! Enter for a chance to win copies of:
  • Public School Superhero
  • I Funny
  • Treasure Hunters
  • House of Robots
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This book giveaway is open to participants in the US only. Prizing & samples courtesy of Little, Brown and Company. The review copy was kindly sent by the publisher, First Second. If you make a purchase using the Amazon links on this site, a small portion goes to Great Kid Books. Thank you for your support.

©2015 Mary Ann Scheuer, Great Kid Books


  1. My students like the I Funny series as well as books like Timmy Failure and The Odd Squad.

    1. Yes, ours love these as well. I keep meaning to read The Odd Squad -- have you read this yet? I love that it's got a 3rd grade reading level, but appeals to our 4th & 5th graders who need more support.

  2. Of course Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Captain Underpants, Notebook of Doom,

    1. Yes, those are definite favorites with Emerson students. Another recent series I've been getting great feedback on is the Galaxy Zack series. Have you tried this?

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    1. Oh yes, definitely! One of my soft-spots, too. I especially loved Tuesday Tucks Me In, about a service dog helping a war vet -- so much heart.

  4. My daughter likes Junie B. Jones.

    1. Junie B is a long-time favorite. I especially love the audiobooks for this. Have you tried Ivy & Bean? Those are also some of our all-time favorites for Junie B. lovers.

  5. My oldest loves the I Funny series! My youngest is in love with the Horse valley Adventure Series by Liana Melissa Allen, We are currently into the 1000th reading of Donkey's Kite! She needs to right a new one so I can read another one of hers 1000 times! Good thing they are good!

    1. Isn't it wonderful when kids find a book that they enjoy reading again and again? Thanks for sharing the love.