Book Review: School for Sidekicks by Kelly McCullough

Posted August 17, 2015 by love2dazzle in Reviews, Young Adult / 0 Comments

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Book Review: School for Sidekicks by Kelly McCulloughSchool for Sidekicks Published by Feiwel & Friends on August 4, 2015
Pages: 336
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher on NetGallery
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"Evan Quick, Hero's Log, May the 25th… and darn it - I just can't do this. I'm never going to be a Mask. Get over it Evan."

Evan Quick has spent his whole life dreaming of becoming a hero. Every morning he wakes up and runs through a checklist of test to see if he's developed powers over night, and every day it is the same thing - nothing. No flying, no super strength, no heat rays or cold beams. No invulnerability - that always hurt to check - no telepathy, no magic. Not even the ability to light a light bulb without flipping a switch. And now, he's finally ready to give up.

But then, the class field trip to the Mask Museum is interrupted by a super villain attack, and Evan somehow manages to survive a death ray. Even better, Evan's favorite Mask, Captain Commanding, shows up to save them all -- and when things go very wrong, it's Evan who finds the strength to come to Captain Commanding's rescue.

Yet the hero's reception Evan is expecting never happens. Before he even gets the chance to say hello, Evan is bundled away to The Academy, an institution derisively called The School for Sidekicks by its students. Forced to take classes like Banter Basics and Combat with Dinnerware, while being assigned as an 'apprentice' to Foxman - a Mask widely considered a has-been -- Evan starts to worry that he'll never be able to save the day…

Evan has always wanted to be a superhero. He would wake up every morning to test himself to see if he gained any superhero powers overnight. After an encounter with the Masks and Hoods, Evan is taken to a school for kids with special powers. Evan slowly learns that there is always a fine line between good and evil and so he now has to work with his classmates to save the world.

I thought this was a really cute story. I feel like Evan as the main character was able to learn a lot about himself. He was just an average kid. When he finally gets his powers, Evan’s parents really just want Evan to live a normal life, but all Evan has ever wanted is to be a hero. In order to be a hero, he has to go to sidekick school. I think Evan was able to grow a lot as a character which is what I really liked. I definitely think this is a cute story.


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Ali Kiki is a reader, writer, reviewer, blogger, and photographer in Portland, OR. An avid reader since childhood, you can usually find her devouring a book or stalking the bookstagram hashtag in her lovely apartment surrounded by books. Ali has been blogging since 2006 and she created Dazzled by Books in 2012. Her most recent adventure is making bookish candles for Stub Tail Candle Co., which are sold on Etsy.

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