If you like a book that reads like a movie, this is the novel for you. Short chapters, brisk plot, action, action, action. Michael Vey might seem ordinary. Okay, so he has Tourette's syndrome which shows up in his uncontrollable facial ticks and eye blinks. But that's not all that's ticking. Michael has a power. Really. Like Commonwealth Edison. He's electric... Of course, Michael thinks he's unique. But, of course, he's not. Inevitably, he becomes part of a trio of teens out to save the world (or at least the other "electros") from the bad guys, in this case a powerful group which wants to use the electric children, product of a genetic experiment gone awry, to control the universe. A 2016 Rebecca Caudill nominee.
Published by Mercury Ink, 2011. p. 326
Ella and Zachary, called Z, have been friends forever, but Z has always been “the weird kid” in their class. He collects stubby pencils, plays chess, and maintains an elaborate fantasy life, starring himself as a brave knight. Z’s games were okay back in 3rd or 4th grade, but by now their other friends have ditched them both. Z doesn’t care, but Ella longs to be part of a group of friends, even though most of the class makes fun of her. When a new boy, Bailey, moves to town, he befriends Ella, because they are now the only two black kids in the sixth grade class. But Bailey is popular – popular enough to make Ella cool and give her a wider circle of friends – but only if she stops hanging out with Z. That's a tough choice, one that Ella doesn't want to face. This is a moving story about friendship, bullying, and doing the right thing.
Aladdin, 2011 p. 224
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