Title: Please Don’t Tell my Parents I’m a Supervillain
Author: Richard Roberts
Genre: YA Science Fiction
Opening line: ‘…On the last day before I got my super power, I was sulking because I didn’t have a super power…’
Blurb: – Penelope Akk wants to be a superhero. She’s got superhero parents. She’s got the ultimate mad science power, filling her life with crazy gadgets even she doesn’t understand. She has two super powered best friends. In middle school, the line between good and evil looks clear. In real life, nothing is that clear. All it takes is one hero’s sidekick picking a fight, and Penny and her friends are labelled super villains. In the process, Penny learns a hard lesson about villainy: She’s good at it. Criminal masterminds, heroes in power armour, bottles of dragon blood, alien war drones, shape shifters and ghosts, no matter what the super powered world throws at her, Penny and her friends come out on top. They have to. If she can keep winning, maybe she can clear her name before her mum and dad find out
My thoughts: Move over Marvel comics there are new Super Villains in town. They’re really nice children – just misunderstood! Penny and her two friends Ray and Claire are waiting for their super powers to come through. All the parents say to be patient and that the super power could be years in coming – but they’re wrong. Penny gets them through in a few days, as do Ray and Claire, but Penny decides to keep it a secret from her Super Hero parents so she can surprise them later when she has gained control of them. She sets up her secret laboratory and gets to work making something that will give her top marks at the upcoming Science Fair – even budding Super Hero’s need good grades! Penny creates ‘The Inscrutable Machine’ a voice-activated mechanical critter that can make pretty much anything Penny tells it to. As you would expect, the Science fair doesn’t turn out as expected, especially as one of the other students has obviously cheated. Penny and Co go back to the school that night to sabotage the cheater’s display and when one thing leads to another they end up on the most wanted list as super villains rather than heroes. Ooops, mum and dad will not be pleased! Penny needs to sort things out and convince everyone she is a good guy before her parents find out – what could be simpler?
Penny and her friends were very typical of their age and very hands on in the problem solving department They always came up with a plan to counteract what was being thrown at them, trouble is their plans nearly always didn’t work the way they…well…planned! The kids talked and reacted the way teens would and I sometimes had to stop my eyes rolling in response to something and remind myself I’m an adult of course I know better – but they wouldn’t!!! Penny, Ray and Clair worked well as a team, they had their differences and their squabbles but whenever the crunch came they pulled together, which they needed to do in order to survive some of the challenges they faced. I liked the idea that a bunch of kids could outwit grownups but found it improbable that Penny’s parents didn’t pick up on who she was. Still the whole point of the story is to suspend belief and go along for the ride which is exactly what I did.
PLEASE DON’T TELL MY PARENTS I’M A SUPERVILLAIN is pure escapism but quite a long book so some younger teens may be put off by its size. However, it is an edge of the seat adventure so interest will certainly be sustained and size overlooked. There were one of two loose ends however I have learned that there is going to be a sequel in 2015 called ‘At Least I Didn’t Blow Up Our Moon’ so I am assuming these loose ends have been left dangling to be continued in the next books. I am also assuming that we learn more about Ray’s background because very little has been revealed about him so far. Very good Sci fi for the younger reader
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C – Above average. Was very readable and I really liked it but was easily able to put it down and walk away for a while.
With thanks to Curiosity Quills and the author for my copy to read and review.