The Adventures of Blue Avenger

Book review by
Matt Berman, Common Sense Media
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Quirky book's mature content is best for teens.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 17+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Positive Messages

Blue's brother, Josh, is sometimes bratty.

Violence

A past murder is referred to. Both main characters have lost their fathers, through accident and desertion.

Sex

References to sex and condom use, and a brief make-out session.

Language

Occasional, including several pages of classroom dissection of a four-letter word.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that some sexual content and language make this best for teens.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bySkylar H. October 30, 2017
Adult Written bymmar April 9, 2008

Who doesn't like lemon meringue?

Clean humor, and a fun read, for readers of all ages. What little boy didn't dream of being a super hero? I'd have to say this book does an even bet... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bydmoney3425 March 23, 2009
Teen, 16 years old Written bymovieman09 April 9, 2008

Great read.

This book is witty, exciting, and hilarious. I recomend it to anyone in high school or that can read.

What's the story?

Secret champion of the underdog, modest seeker of truth, fearless innovator of the unknown! When teenager David dons a blue vest and headdress and changes his name to Blue Avenger, he becomes the unlikely hero of his high school. This witty tale of teen eccentricity, unlikely coincidences, and thoughtful musings keeps readers chuckling and wondering.

 

Is it any good?

Part comedy, part adventure, and part witty discourse on free will vs. determinism, this delightfully oddball romp is a breath of fresh air. Thought-provoking yet lighthearted, poignant, and at times hilarious, the story deliberately stretches credulity to show that there are no coincidences. The author takes the reader backstage, behind the scenes of Blue's life -- and of life in general. Skirting the edge of off-color humor (the book's knockout opening pages discuss the moment of Blue's conception in comically clinical terms), Norma Howe hooks the reader into a raucous philosophical dialogue in which events are traced backward to their unlikely -- and usually unknown -- causes, until all of life's events begin to seem like the most farfetched coincidences.

A book like this may get even the most reticent adolescent thinking and talking. This happily quirky way of looking at life is a tonic, renewing the reader's faith in the wonder and joy of our own little lives.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the book's questions about free will. To what extent do you believe in free will? What about coincidence? How do you think the young hero of the story would be received if he showed up at your school dressed up as a super hero?

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