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The Cloak Society, Book 1

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Supervillain-in-training tale a good fit for superhero fans.

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This is a good fit for the already superhero-crazed reader -- especially one who wants to take a break from knowing what all the do-gooder heroes are thinking and sneak into the head of the villain. Or even think what it would be like to be raised by supervillain parents who want you to grow up to be the ultimate supervillain. Talk about pressure. And a mom who can read your mind? Can't think of a scarier mom superpower for a kid.

The key characters developed here will probably do a good job carrying the series as it grows. Alex's genius tinkerer friend Gage will definitely come in handy. The vaporizing Misty will, too. There are some missed opportunities for more depth in the story, especially as Alex grapples with his conscience and deals with his demanding parents. Staying closer to the surface gives The Cloak Society more of a TV-pilot-meets-comic-book vibe, which works fine. Kids who only want to see superpowers battle it out will not miss the deep stuff in the slightest, though the effort would have turned pretty good writing into super stuff.

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