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Growing up in the shadow of his football star brother, Chris, Newt Newman has never felt particularly special. When Chris is knocked into a coma, Newt's two best friends decide that taking him out for Halloween is the best way to cheer him up. Using some of Chris's old, oversized clothes, Newt creates his best costume ever?Captain Nobody!

Newt feels so strong and confident in his new getup that he keeps wearing it after Halloween is over. In no time, Newt assumes the role of a hero in a string of exploits that include foiling a robbery and saving a planeload of passengers. But will Captain Nobody be able to save the one person he cares about most?

With Captain Nobody , the acclaimed author of The Big One-Oh , Dean Pitchford, has skillfully crafted a heartfelt blend of action, humor, and family drama.

Review by Booklist ReviewTen-year-old Newt is accustomed to living in the shadow of his older brother Chris, the local high-school football hero. When the Big Game ends with Chris in a coma, Newt begins to emerge from his usual anonymity. In the days that follow, he wears the cape and mask of his made-up Halloween persona, Captain Nobody, and he seems to magically grow into the heroic role: foiling a jewelry store robbery, clearing a landing path for a plane in distress, and climbing a water tower to save another boy. Readers will enjoy watching this Everyboy protagonist cast off his customary timidity and try on a different approach to problems. Though Newt's heroic achievements are as improbable as the story's outcome is predictable, he is a sympathetic character and his wry, first-person narrative shows that he doesn't take his newfound renown too seriously. The intriguing jacket art will draw readers.--Phelan, Carolyn Copyright 2009 BooklistFrom Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.Review by Publisher's Weekly ReviewTired of being ignored by classmates, Newt and his two best friends decide to create Halloween costumes that will make them stand out and let them discover their "inner other.... who we would be if we didn't have to be us." But before Halloween arrives, 10-year-old Newt's world shatters: his football star brother, Chris, is knocked unconscious in the season's final game and lies comatose in the hospital. At the last minute, Newt fashions a superhero Halloween costume from Chris's old clothes and dubs himself Captain Nobody. Wearing this outfit during the ensuing days, Newt ushers home a lost man with dementia, foils a jewelry-store robbery and inadvertently brings traffic to a standstill, clearing the freeway just in time for a plane's emergency landing. Despite his spotlight-grabbing heroics, the frustrated boy laments, "I can't even save my own brother." Though Pitchford (The Big One-Oh) builds suspense adeptly, the novel takes some improbable turns. Yet the young narrator's earnest voice-and his raw sense of helplessness-are real and affecting. Ages 8-12. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reservedReview by School Library Journal Review(c) Copyright Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.AUTHOR NOTES
Dean Pitchford, author of The Big One-Oh and Captain Nobody , starred on Broadway in Pippin and Godspel l before turning to songwriting and screenwriting. His multimillion-selling songs include the Oscar-winning "Fame," "Footloose," "Holding Out for a Hero" and "After All." He has been nominated for four Academy Awards, five Grammys and two Tonys. His stage musical adaptation of Footloose played over 700 performances on Broadway and is now being produced around the world.
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