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Captain Nobody
by Dean Pitchford


Overview - 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.  Read more...


 
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Overview
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.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780399250347
  • ISBN-10: 0399250344
  • Publisher: Putnam Publishing Group
  • Publish Date: July 2009
  • Page Count: 195
  • Reading Level: Ages 8-12


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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Action & Adventure - General
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Themes - General

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 63.
  • Review Date: 2009-07-27
  • Reviewer: Staff

Tired 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)

 
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