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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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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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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: 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 more...
Amazon Says: 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 the evil Saw-Jaw and save their town? 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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