Sunday, September 28, 2014

Walking and Listening to "Almost Super"

Jensen, Marion. Almost Super. 5 discs. 6 hours. Harper Audio. 2014, $29.99. 978-148-299-1239.

When you are born into a family of superheroes the fact that they are anything but ordinary is kept a secret from you until you are ten years old. When you turn ten, you hear about all the amazing things your family members can do and you begin to countdown until 4:23 pm on Leap Day, which is when you will be getting your very own power. Rafter and Benny Bailey are beside themselves waiting for their powers to emerge and when they do, they are beyond disappointed. Ever hear of a superhero who can turn his outie bellybutton to an innie or perhaps one that can light a match on polyester? Me neither, but those are what powers Benny and Rafter got. Talk about lame. Neither of the boys is comforted to hear that their cousins got equally useless powers.  Neither boy wants to go to school the next day for fear of facing Juanita Johnson, classmate and member of the super villain Johnson family (shake of fist), and whatever amazing power she got. Rafter and Benny soon learn that Juanita got an equally disappointing power and that she believes that her family are the superheroes and the Baileys are the villains. As confusing as this is to Rafter, he begins to sort through it and soon discovers that there is more to this than a simple misunderstanding. Someone has been pitting the two families against each other in hopes that their own villainy won't be discovered.   Rafter, Benny and Juanita are going to have to find a way to trust each other, work together and put an end to it.

Narrator Mike Chamberlin keeps a good pace throughout the story. While there is little variation between character voices, I was still able to tell which characters were talking. I also liked the occasional humorous tones in his voice.

Favorite Chapter Title: I'm Always Afraid of Getting Lava Down My Tights

Every now and then I switch up my walking route. This picture was taken while I was in the tree tunnel.


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