Bolton, Chris Trial by Fire (Smash Book #1) 160 pgs. Candlewick, 2013. $18.99 Content: Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: G Violence: G.
Andrew is a normal kid, a bit picked on, a mean big brother, and parents who don’t live together. And of course, aspirations to be a superhero. Luckily he lives in a world of real superheroes and his very favorite is Defender. Through an accident Andrew finds himself with Defenders powers. Luckily he already has the true hero desire to help out. But being a new hero without any help can be tricky and Andrew is in a lot of danger!
I am always on the hunt for a great graphic novels for elementary students. The catch is that they must have quality artwork and a quality story, all while staying G rated. It’s a tricky bill to fit and this graphic novel does a fantastic job. The cover art itself is so great that students are going to be fighting over this it. The illustrations are top notch: bright, fun, action packed, and creative. The story will relate to any student who would like to try to their hand at superhero powers. Hooray, this book made my day! A must have for any graphic novel collection!
EL –ESSENTIAL Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.