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Books About Superheroes for Older Children

This looks like a job for a superhero! From novels to non-fiction, these books are great for your superhero enthusiast. And the best part? You can check out 60 books with your Richland Library Card. When you've finished this list, just call your closest Richland Library location and the staff will recommend more books!


Sidekicked by John David Anderson
Amazon Says: Drew Bean might be a part of a secret organization for the training of superhero sidekicks, but that doesn't mean that life is all leaping tall buildings in single bounds. Dre more...
Amazon Says: Drew Bean might be a part of a secret organization for the training of superhero sidekicks, but that doesn't mean that life is all leaping tall buildings in single bounds. Drew is possessed of super senses--his hearing, sight, taste, touch, and smell are the most powerful on the planet--making him literally the most sensitive kid in school. And then there's his best friend, Jenna--their friendship would be complicated enough if she weren't able to throw an eighteen-wheeler the length of a city block. Add in trying to keep his sidekick life a secret from everyone, including his parents, and the truth is clear: middle school is pretty much a drag regardless of whether you have superpowers.   But this is all before a supervillain long thought dead returns to the city of Justica and Drew's two identities threaten to crash head-on into each other. Drew has always found it pretty easy to separate right from wrong, good from evil. It's what a superhero does. But what happens when that line starts to disappear?   If you love superheroes, action, sarcasm, dangling above pits of acid, and/or people who secrete granite from their pores, you will love Sidekicked, John David Anderson's hilarious middle-grade superhero coming-of-age story. less...
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Joshua Dread by Lee Bacon
Amazon Says: "Bacon's deadpan narrative hums along with outrageous details, humor, and action...A hero with a double life and a colossal set of parental issues, Joshua handles zombies, ki more...
Amazon Says: "Bacon's deadpan narrative hums along with outrageous details, humor, and action...A hero with a double life and a colossal set of parental issues, Joshua handles zombies, killer robots, and teenage girls without losing his cool. Bacon's affectionately playful take on the superhero genre introduces bombastic personalities without reducing the characters to caricatures." - Publishers Weekly "Fast and often funny...A twisty, swiftly moving adventure sure to please superhero fans." - Kirkus Reviews "Joshua Dread is funny, action-packed, and a total page-turner. You'll want to read to the bitter end--unless Joshua's parents destroy the world first. Which is a distinct possibility." - Adam Gidwitz, author of A Tale Dark & Grimm and In a Glass Grimmly "Villainy! Mayhem! Family! From supervillains to killer houseplants, Joshua Dread has it all. I couldn't put it down and I didn't dare, not until I'd devoured every last page!" - C. Alexander London, author of the Accidental Adventure series When your parents are supervillains, it's hard to have a normal life. Joshua Dread tries to keep a low profile. Not even his best friend, Milton, knows his secret. Luckily Joshua's not on anyone's radar--not like Sophie, a new girl with a mysterious past who's got everyone talking. But weird stuff is happening. Pencils explode in his hand. He leaves scorched butt marks on the carpet. And he can send bullies crashing into lockers. Turns out Joshua has a superpower. But he doesn't have to use it for evil, right? His parents give him a book to explain things... but nothing can prepare him for when smoke creatures start kidnapping bad guys. Is Joshua's family next? less...
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Amazon Says: Every super hero has a power, be it super strength, mind control, special gadgets or super speed. In this book you'll not only discover how to draw original heroes in their un more...
Amazon Says: Every super hero has a power, be it super strength, mind control, special gadgets or super speed. In this book you'll not only discover how to draw original heroes in their unique costumes, but also how to recreate these super powers on the page! The How to Draw series takes a highly visual and practical approach to drawing, featuring step-by-step instructions for each art project. Duotone lines highlight each step. Each title includes information on the drawing materials you can use and where to use them most effectively. Pencil, pen, crayon, paints and charcoal and more are all covered in detail. The series covers a comprehensive range of rudimentary techniques - with sections on materials, composition and perspective. The How To Draw series is an excellent way to introduce the concepts of drawing to child and adult alike. less...
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Amazon Says: The grand finale to the New York Times bestselling series, Attack of the BULLIES stars Ruby Peet, aka Agent Pufferfish, the team captain with super nanobyte-enhanced allergie more...
Amazon Says: The grand finale to the New York Times bestselling series, Attack of the BULLIES stars Ruby Peet, aka Agent Pufferfish, the team captain with super nanobyte-enhanced allergies. Pufferfish leads the team in their latest case: the kidnapping of the president’s daughter. But the NERDS discover she hasn’t been kidnapped—she’s been recruited. Their former librarian, Ms. Holiday, has started a rival organization called BULLIES, who each have their own nanobyte-enhanced upgrades. The BULLIES’ plan: go back in time to make sure NERDS never existed! When Ruby’s teammates begin to vanish one by one, she enlists Agent Brand and Heathcliff Hodges to go back to the 1970s and help the original nerdy secret agents make sure that the future is not erased from existence! Attack of the BULLIES promises action, humor, and a dramatic conclusion to the series. less...
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Amazon Says: Murder, mystery, and adventure aren’t your typical birthday presents . . . But for Theo, anything that breaks up his ordinary routine is the perfect gift. A mysterious “i more...
Amazon Says: Murder, mystery, and adventure aren’t your typical birthday presents . . . But for Theo, anything that breaks up his ordinary routine is the perfect gift. A mysterious “illness” and Theo’s guardians force him into a life indoors, where gloves must be worn and daily medical treatments are the norm. When Theo discovers a suspicious package on his birthday, one person from the past will unlock the secret behind Theo’s “illness” and change his life forever. Molded into an exhilarating steampunk adventure that gives birth to the next great fantasy hero, Theo Wickland, Candle Man: The Society of Unrelenting Vigilance is the first book in a trilogy by debut author Glenn Dakin. Ages 8—12 less...
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Amazon Says: When Mikey G unlocks the powers of his family's magic blanket, he is transformed into G-Man, the newest kid superhero on the block! G-Man joins his superhero friends Billy Dem more...
Amazon Says: When Mikey G unlocks the powers of his family's magic blanket, he is transformed into G-Man, the newest kid superhero on the block! G-Man joins his superhero friends Billy Demon, Tan Man, Suntrooper, and the Spark on their very first superhero adventure. But what are they to do when their enemy is Kid Thunder, son of the city's greatest champion, Captain Thunderman? And will G-Man's big brother, Great Man, prove to be friend or foe? less...
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Amazon Says: In this sequel, Freddie has shoes that give him super speed. It's hard to be a superhero and a regular kid at the same time, especially when your shoes give you even more pow more...
Amazon Says: In this sequel, Freddie has shoes that give him super speed. It's hard to be a superhero and a regular kid at the same time, especially when your shoes give you even more power! Freddie needs an on/off switch for his super speed, so Mr. Vaslov, who created the shoes, decides to invent a remote control, but he gets more than he planned. When his young neighbor's ball goes missing, Freddie uses his new powers to find it... and save Mr. Vaslov! less...
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Amazon Says: A SUPER funny, SUPER fast-paced, SUPER debut! Vincent Wu is Captain Stupendous's No. 1 Fan, but even he has to admit that Captain Stupendous has been a little off lately. Dur more...
Amazon Says: A SUPER funny, SUPER fast-paced, SUPER debut! Vincent Wu is Captain Stupendous's No. 1 Fan, but even he has to admit that Captain Stupendous has been a little off lately. During Professor Mayhem's latest attack, Captain Stupendous barely made it out alive - although he did manage to save Vincent from a giant monster robot. It's Vincent's dream come true... until he finds out Captain Stupendous's secret identity: It's Polly Winnicott-Lee, the girl Vincent happens to have a crush on. Captain Stupendous's powers were recently transferred to Polly in a fluke accident, and so while she has all of his super strength and super speed, she doesn't know how to use them, and she definitely doesn't know all the strengths and weaknesses of his many nemeses. But Vincent and his friends are just the right fan club to train up their favorite superhero before he (she?) has to face Professor Mayhem again. And if they make it through this battle for the safety of Copperplate City, Vincent might just get up the courage to ask Polly on a date. less...
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Sarah S. Says: Try others in this series!
Amazon Says: Will Captain Awesome successfully take on Little Miss Stinky Pinky to become the winner of the second-grade spelling bee? Eugene McGillicuddy’s superhero alter ego, more...
Amazon Says: Will Captain Awesome successfully take on Little Miss Stinky Pinky to become the winner of the second-grade spelling bee? Eugene McGillicuddy’s superhero alter ego, Captain Awesome, relies on a wide array of superpowers to keep the town of Sunnyview safe from “bad guys.” But when Ms. Beasley announces that Eugene will be representing the class in the second grade spelling bee (along with Meredith Mooney—yuck!), Captain Awesome wonders if his spelling superpowers are strong enough to defeat his nemesis, Little Miss Stinky Pinky. Will Captain Awesome prevail and keep the spelling bee trophy safe from evil? M-I-T-E-E! With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Captain Awesome chapter books are perfect for beginning readers! less...
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The Creation of Spider-Man by Paul Kupperberg
Sarah S. Says: Take a look behind the scenes of the creation of Spiderman!
Amazon Says: In the early 1960s, Marvel Comics introduced Spider-Man. When in superhero mode, he had amazing powers like other heroes. In real life, however, he was a clumsy, geeky teenage more...
Amazon Says: In the early 1960s, Marvel Comics introduced Spider-Man. When in superhero mode, he had amazing powers like other heroes. In real life, however, he was a clumsy, geeky teenager! With this most original twist on the genre, creators Stan Lee and Steve Ditko wrote Spider-Man stories that have captivated millions of readers, right up to the present. less...
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Archvillain #1 by Barry Lyga
Amazon Says: Critically acclaimed YA author Barry Lyga makes his Scholastic middle-grade debut with a superhero story turned on its head. Kyle Camden knows exactly where he was the night more...
Amazon Says: Critically acclaimed YA author Barry Lyga makes his Scholastic middle-grade debut with a superhero story turned on its head. Kyle Camden knows exactly where he was the night Mighty Mike arrived: sneaking around the fallow field behind Bouring Middle School, preparing one of his most ingenious pranks yet. Which is why he couldn't tell anyone where he was. Or what he saw. Those lights everyone saw in the sky weren't tiny meteors burning up in the atmosphere. They were some kind of strange, supercooled plasma that bathed the entire field - including Kyle - in alien energies. less...
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Amazon Says: The three members of the Bad Guy Brotherhood have broken out of jail, and now they’re coming after the superhero who put them there: Melvin Beederman! Goofball McCluskey, Ma more...
Amazon Says: The three members of the Bad Guy Brotherhood have broken out of jail, and now they’re coming after the superhero who put them there: Melvin Beederman! Goofball McCluskey, Max the Wonder Thug, and Calamity Wayne are building a time machine so they can get Melvin before he ever became a superhero. Can Melvin and Candace travel back in time and reach the Superhero Academy to save young Melvin? less...
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Amazon Says: “Lynch provides classic comic-book repartee in beginning-reader-friendly vocabulary ably matched to Haspiel’s bold images and zippy colors; the highest-quality production more...
Amazon Says: “Lynch provides classic comic-book repartee in beginning-reader-friendly vocabulary ably matched to Haspiel’s bold images and zippy colors; the highest-quality production supplies good, old fashioned fun and a superhero lesson that packs a wallop.” – Kirkus Reviews   Mona and Joey can’t stop fighting! When the Mighty Mojo decides to give his powerful costume to them, these argumentative twins fight so much they rip it in half. Now each one is only half as strong! Can Mo and Jo find a way to combine their powers, fight evil Saw-Jaw and save their town?   Two master cartoonists, writer Jay Lynch and artist Dean Haspiel, create a loving, tongue-in-cheek superhero tale where the kids’ biggest battle is just learning to get along. less...
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Amazon Says: Gabby Gomez loves to chew bubble gum even though her mother has warned her against it. It's not like she will turn into gum...except, that's exactly what happens! With her ne more...
Amazon Says: Gabby Gomez loves to chew bubble gum even though her mother has warned her against it. It's not like she will turn into gum...except, that's exactly what happens! With her new, stretch-tastic powers Gabby can help save the day, but she will have to keep her gummy alter-ego a secret from her mother or else she'll find herself in a really sticky situation. less...
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Amazon Says: All Jack Blank knows is his bleak, dreary life at St. Barnaby’s Home for the Hopeless, Abandoned, Forgotten, and Lost, an orphanage that sinks further into the swampland of more...
Amazon Says: All Jack Blank knows is his bleak, dreary life at St. Barnaby’s Home for the Hopeless, Abandoned, Forgotten, and Lost, an orphanage that sinks further into the swampland of New Jersey with each passing year. His aptitude tests predict that he will spend a long, unhappy career as a toilet brush cleaner. His only chance at escape comes through the comic books donated years ago to the orphanage that he secretly reads in the dark corners of the library. Everything changes one icy gray morning when Jack receives two visitors that alter his life forever. The first is a deadly robot straight out of one of his comic books that tries its best to blow him up. The second is an emissary from a secret country called the Imagine Nation, an astonishing place where all the fantastic and unbelievable things in our world originate - including Jack. Jack soon discovers that he has an amazing ability--one that could make him the savior of the Imagine Nation and the world beyond, or the biggest threat they've ever faced. less...
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Amazon Says: A world without UNDERPANTS?!!! When we last saw our heroes, George and Harold, they had been turned into evil zombie nerds doomed to roam a devastated, postapocalyptic planet more...
Amazon Says: A world without UNDERPANTS?!!! When we last saw our heroes, George and Harold, they had been turned into evil zombie nerds doomed to roam a devastated, postapocalyptic planet for all eternity. But why, you might ask, didn't the amazing Captain Underpants save the boys from this frightening fate? Because Tippy Tinkletrousers and his time-traveling hijinks prevented George and Harold from creating Captain Underpants in the first place! Now, having changed the course of human history forever, they'll have to figure out a way to CHANGE IT BACK. Could this be the end for Captain Underpants?!! less...
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Captain Nobody by Dean Pitchford
Amazon Says: When Newt Newman's football-star brother, Chris, is knocked into a coma during the biggest game of the season, Newt's two best friends keep his mind off of the accident by hel more...
Amazon Says: When Newt Newman's football-star brother, Chris, is knocked into a coma during the biggest game of the season, Newt's two best friends keep his mind off of the accident by helping him create the ultimate Halloween costume: Captain Nobody. Newt feels strong and confident in his new getup, so he keeps wearing it after Halloween is over. Soon Newt assumes the role of a hero in a string of exploits that include foiling a robbery and saving a planeload of passengers. But will Captain Nobody be able to save the one person he cares about most? less...
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Sidekicks by Dan Santat
Amazon Says: Look up in the sky! It's a BOLD new graphic novel about SUPERHERO PETS! Captain Amazing, superhero and savior of Metro City, is getting old. He's out all hours battling arch- more...
Amazon Says: Look up in the sky! It's a BOLD new graphic novel about SUPERHERO PETS! Captain Amazing, superhero and savior of Metro City, is getting old. He's out all hours battling arch-villains, catching thieves, and helping little old ladies cross the street. He doesn't even have time for his house full of pets. He needs - a SIDEKICK! Captain Amazing's four pets agree. But each one of them thinks HE should get the sidekick spot - and a chance for one-on-one time with the Captain. Get ready for sibling rivalry royale as pets with superpowers duke it out for the one thing they all want - a super family. A BOLD and BRILLIANT graphic novel romp by whiz kid Dan Santat. less...
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