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Searching for Super

By Blair Jackson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Thinner story, less character depth in action-packed sequel.

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Though Searching for Super has the same comic tone as its hilarious predecessor, Almost Super, the story isn't nearly as interesting and there isn't much character development. We don't learn much new about Rafter and Benny, and their parents and various other funny and eccentric family members, prominent in the first book, are barely in this one. And though the close friendship between Rafter and Juanita -- developed over the course of the adventures depicted in Almost Super -- provides extra incentive for the brothers to take on the evil Jones family after they take Juanita prisoner, she's hardly in the book, either.

There are plenty of action scenes worthy of a high-octane action movie, and one very clever plot twist, but overall the story is a bit thin, the tone slightly dark. Marion Jensen's an entertaining writer, but he didn't give himself as much to work with this time out. The first book, which rightly drew comparisons to the charming animated film The Incredibles, is much better in all respects.

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