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Sunday, December 6, 2009

Book Review: POWERLESS by Matthew Cody

POWERLESS by Matthew Cody
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by Matthew Cody

Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 0-375-85595-5
ISBN-13: 978-0-375-85595-5
Publication Date: October, 2009
List Price: $15.99

Review: Have you ever wished you had superpowers? You probably won’t unless you were born in the small town of Noble’s Green. The book Powerless by Matthew Cody is his first novel and hopefully the beginning of a long series!

In the small town of Noble’s Green everything is safe and perfect, but why? Daniel Corrigan is about to find out. Daniel moves to Nobel’s Green to live by his sick grandmother. As the new kid in town, he finds it hard to make friends. But after an accident at the observatory he makes five new ones. These aren’t regular friends. They are super heroes that protect the small town. As his friends’ powers begin to disappear with no memory of ever having them, Daniel must find out why before it is too late for his closest friends. Daniel encounters the mysterious Shroud, Bud and Clay, two town bullies who enjoy making others feel pain.

I thought Powerless had an amazing plot! The story gripped me as tightly as a superhero would. The character development throughout the story corresponds very well with the novel’s plot. With each event you learn more about the characters such as Mollie Lee. In the beginning she has an angry outlook, and Daniel has no idea why. We find out that she isn’t really angry with Daniel, but about turning 13 and losing her powers.

Matthew Cody’s characters made me care about what happens to them. His descriptions of the characters show that they are more than one-dimensional - that they are more then they appear to be.

Matthew Cody’s book is now high on my list of favorite books. Not only did the plot make me want to keep reading with its twists and turns, it made me want to want more after the book was over! This novel made me feel that not only did the characters have powers, but I did too! Powerless? No, powerful!

Review written by Jonathan (6th grade student).

We would like to thank Random House for providing a copy of POWERLESS for this review.

Have you read POWERLESS? How would you rate it?


  1. Superheroes and a mysterious town: seems like a grand combination for a kids book. And from your review, it sounds like an exciting book with good characters! Thanks for sharing!

  2. I also LOVED the book. It was thrilling! Thanks for the review!

  3. if you were to rank this from 1-10 what would it be and why?