MINION by John David Anderson – BLOG TOUR!!!



Have I got a treat for you! Not only do I have a review of a great superhero book, but I also have videos of the author, John David Anderson, reading aloud from it!



By John David Anderson

288 pages – ages 9+

Published by Walden Pond Press on June 24, 2014

My Summary – New Liberty. The city that nobody’s ever heard of. The town with two rival crime bosses (Tony Romano and Mickey “Six Fingers” Maloney). The town with no Super. The town that Michael Marion Magdalene Morn lives in, with his adoptive father, Professor Benjamin Edson. They make electronic boxes with unique powers, and sell them to the highest buyer. They do small crimes, only stealing what they need. It may help that Michael has a hypnotizing “gift”. Surprisingly, the town’s crime rate isn’t out of hand (a few banks robbed, a couple of houses broken into, etc.). That is, until a supervillain calling himself The Dictator shows up, with henchmen in bullet-proof outfits and silver masks. And, as most things happen, when a supervillain comes, a superhero soon follows. The Comet. A bullet-proof, super-strength, flying superhero who leaves a blue streak in the air when he blasts off. The Comet may ruin everything that Michael and his dad have built (literally and figuratively). And it doesn’t help that The Dictator has taken an interest in the Edson family…

THIS IS AN AWESOME STORY!!! Mr. Anderson is an awesome author of superhero stories! At first, reading the summary for Minion, and seeing that it is a companion to Mr. Anderson’s book, Sidekicked, I thought the superhero would be The Sensationalist (Sidekicked’s Main Character), but I was pleasantly surprised to see a new superhero. Michael Morn is a great character. I like how this book isn’t about good or evil. It’s about doing what you believe in. It’s about being true to yourself. Michael and his dad aren’t bad, but they aren’t completely good either. They’re… neutral-ish. Mr. Anderson handles these subjects very well. New Liberty is actually nice. The crime bosses aren’t tyrants to the people – in fact, I think that most people don’t really know that they exist (except from what they read in newspapers). They’re just rivals to each other. This is an extremely well-written story, especially for us Middle Graders. I really like the world Mr. Anderson has created. The book is pretty much everything I want in a story. I can’t wait until his next book comes out!

I give this book 5 out of 5 bookworms!fivebooks

Now, onto the fun stuff!

I asked Mr. Anderson if he’d read an excerpt from Minon for my wonderful blog readers as part of the blog tour! He agreed to do it! 🙂 Plus he sent a hysterical version of it in which he has a “chipmunk voice.” 🙂

Check them out!

Normal Voice:

Chipmunk voice. (Mr. Anderson wanted me to share this too, for “people with not a lot of time on their hands” 😉 )

Who is this John David Anderson?!?

John David Anderson


John David Anderson writes novels for young people and then, occasionally, gets them published. Besides Minion, he is the author of Sidekicked, and Standard Hero Behavior. He lives with his patient wife and brilliant twins in Indianapolis, Indiana, right next to a State park and a Walmart. He enjoys hiking, reading, chocolate, spending time with his family, playing the piano, chocolate, making board games, chocolate, not putting away his laundry, watching movies, and chocolate. Those aren’t his real teeth.

To find out more:

Check out the book’s trailer too!


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Check out the other stops in the blog tour!

June 23 Maria’s Melange

June 24 The Library Fanatic

June 25 The Next Best Book 

June 26 Jean Book Nerd

June 27 Book Egg

June 28 Word Spelunking Book Blog

June 30 Ms. Yingling Reads

July 1     The Book Monsters

July 2     The Book Monsters

July 3     Read Now, Sleep Later

July 6 The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia

July 7 The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia

July 8 Candace’s Book Blog

July 9 Middle Grade Mafioso

July10 Librarian’s Quest

July 11 Unleashing Readers

July 12 Trisha Perry

July 14 This Kid Reviews Books

July 16 Charlotte’s Library

July 17 Literacy Toolbox

Go to Mr. Anderson’s website HERE!

Categories: Age 9+

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29 replies

  1. That sounds a whole bag of fun Erik. It’s so cool to see readings and the trailer too. Thanks!

  2. Paw-some! Love the videos.. we know someone who will love this book. :0)

  3. OMG! Robbing and Loitering! He is obviously a good guy. Looks great.

  4. Sometimes being a superhero isn’t about the bold lines set between black and white, good or bad, but rather the human ability to exist in the gray of in-between. This books sounds like it does a good job of showing the importance of doing what’s right.

  5. Bwahahaha! Chipmunk voice!

    Minion sounds like a lot of fun. Loved the part about robbing banks and robbing people and robbing people standing outside of banks. Great humor.

  6. Ah, you do love your superheroes, Erik. Congrats to Mr. Anderson. He has obviously won over his target audience. 🙂

  7. This one sounds amazing. Mr. Anderson is a great writer.

  8. Fun review, SuperKid! Glad to see you are not “neutralish” about the book. I love that Mr. Anderson read an excerpt from his book! Great stuff!

  9. Sounds like the types of petty crimes my son could get into. 😀 It looks like David Anderson is into Edgar Allen Poe, too. Who knows what he’ll write next!!?

    Love the chipmunk voice. 😀

  10. I love the double-time video reading. That was super nice of the author to read for us. How cool. The book seems awesome. Might like to give this one a try.

  11. Thanks, Erik. Loved the authorly reading, both serious and with a touch of chipmunk. It gives potential readers more insight into the book and its creator, and it’s a simple-yet-powerful way to enhance your reviews.

  12. This Mr Anderson is hilarious! I am rolling on the floor!! Arf! I know some superhero fans who would really like these books! Thanks Erik!

  13. I think I’ve seen this title in our library quite recently. Looks very promising.

  14. I enjoyed his readings. The second one I think is sped up to as fast as you read, Erik. 🙂


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