Almost Super

by Marion Jensen (2014)

Want to be a part of a superhero family?   Battle for your family’s honor against your arch rivals?  Granted your destined super power at age twelve?   Sounds great?  What if your superhero powers turn out to be, well, lame?  For brothers, Rafter and Benny, the glory and the gusto get a little dusty and discouraging.  To solve the mystery of their useless powers they must discover how super they really are.

Marion Jensen presents a witty, exciting saga of two middle-grade brothers.  Jensen’s lively and action-packed storytelling engages readers from page one.  Jensen taps into the comic awkwardness that is middle school.  Hijinks follow.  A seemingly simple story ends up revealing lessons below the surface.  Almost Super teaches about love, understanding, trust, and forgiveness.

Rafter and Benny are more than excited to receive their long-awaited super powers and join their super hero family in fighting crime and foiling enemies, especially their nemesis, the Johnson family.  When the powers bestowed on them turn out to be downright ridiculous, the brothers must find a way to prove themselves super.  They learn to think for themselves and question the status quo.  They are able to look past the minor battles to see that their city is in real jeopardy.  With their strength, courage, and determination, Rafter and Benny really do save the day.

Almost Super is a great read for families as to learn and discuss what truly makes a person “super.”  The Bailey family learns to trust and respect one another regardless of their strengths and weaknesses.  Rafter and Benny lay the groundwork for reconciliation between feuding families using their own good-natured selves.  The feuding Baileys and Johnsons come to realize that it’s not your power that makes you super.  It’s what you do with that power.  Rafter and Benny realize that you don’t need powers to be super…but they sure are fun!  Families can share in this fantastic adventure that encourages love, realizing your full potential, and being the best that you can be.