Review! Public School Superhero by James Patterson PLUS A HUGE GIVEAWAY!

I have so many awesome things to tell you about in today’s post! I have this great new book by James Patterson PLUS a HUGE James Patterson book prize pack to give away, PLUS I get to tell you about James Patterson’s First Book Donation and his plan to help public school libraries!

I have been a huge fan of James Patterson’s MG books – the I Funny series, Middle School, Alex Cross, House of Robots – so many great books. What I really have come to appreciate about Mr. Patterson is not just that he is a hugely talented author, but he gets out there and helps! He is a great supporter of literacy, independent book stores and schools.

First up – here is Mr. Patterson’s latest book! It was just released yesterday!


Public School Superhero

Written by James Patterson & Chris Tebbetts

Illustrated by Cory Thomas

304 pages – ages 8+

Published by Little, Brown Young Readers on March 16, 2015


(from the publisher) In this story about a good kid with a great imagination struggling in a less-than-ideal world, James Patterson brings his bestselling “Middle School”-style humor and sensibility to an urban setting.

Kenny Wright is a kid with a secret identity. In his mind, he’s Stainlezz Steel, super-powered defender of the weak. In reality, he’s a chess club devotee known as a “Grandma’s Boy,” a label that makes him an easy target for bullies. Kenny wants to bring a little more Steel to the real world, but the question is: can he recognize his own true strength before peer pressure forces him to make the worst choice of his life?

 James Patterson’s newest illustrated novel is a genuinely funny yet poignant look at middle school in a challenging urban setting, where a kid’s life can depend on the everyday decisions he makes.

What I Thought– (from me) This was a really well-done school story. Mr. Patterson really knows how to get into the head of a geeky, nerdy, chess-playing, superhero-loving, awkward teenage boy entering a run-down middle school. I may have first-hand knowledge of this type of character. *cough cough* ANYWAY, the book is packed full of the kind of humor we kids like to read in our books – some of it is subtle and some out right hysterical. I really enjoyed the style of this book. I like how the book is half comic-fantasy (Kenny imagining himself as a superhero, with a mini-plot, related to the main plot) and the other half illustrated novel. The pictures are creative and resemble comic art.


They give this book a cool feeling. The book has diverse characters (Kenny and the majority of the kids in school are African American). Besides from all the humor and awesome comic-style adventure, there is a great story! Kenny has to deal with all the usual life issues of being a kid (and kind of nerdy) – Kenny is a great character that kids can relate to. This is a fun book for any day and any kid!

I give this book 5 out of 5 bookworms!fivebooks



Photo credit: David Burnett


James Patterson was selected by readers across America as the Children’s Choice Book Awards Author of the Year in 2010. He is the internationally bestselling author of the highly praised Middle School books, I Funny, Confessions of a Murder Suspect, and the Maximum Ride, Witch & Wizard, Daniel X, and Alex Cross series. His books have sold over 275 million copies worldwide, making him one of the bestselling authors of all time.

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Make it through middle school with James Patterson! Enter for a chance to win copies of:

  • Public School Superhero
  • I Funny
  • Treasure Hunters
  • House of Robots


Leave a comment below and tell me what your favorite James Patterson book is (kid or adult) or if you have not read one of Mr. Patterson’s books – tell me which one you are looking forward to reading! Next Tuesday (March 24th) I will announce the winner of the prize pack. My sister Josie will pick a name out of a hat from all the people who entered. Good luck!




In 2015, James Patterson will donate 100,000 copies of PUBLIC SCHOOL SUPERHERO to some of the most neglected and underfunded schools in America, and he will launch a major campaign to support school libraries. In 2014, in addition to giving a copy of one of his middle grade books to every sixth grader in the New York City and Chicago public school systems, Patterson gave $1,000,000 to independent bookstores with children’s sections.  

 When James Patterson meets with underprivileged kids at schools in some of the country’s poorest neighborhoods, they often ask him, “Why can’t we be heroes in any books?”  To answer that question and to bring more books into more kids’ lives, James Patterson is donating 100,000 copies of his new book for young readers, Public School Superhero, to some of the most under-resourced schools and youth programs in the country.  He was moved to make this donation after recognizing a large and underserved community of children who don’t see themselves portrayed in dynamic, entertaining stories often enough.

 These same kids also inspired Public School Superhero, by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts, with illustrations by Cory Thomas, a book about an African American sixth-grade chess devotee named Kenny Wright who lives in an inner city. It’s a story brimming with wit, action, and heart, one all kids are bound to find relatable and entertaining.

 The books will be distributed through First Book, a nonprofit social enterprise that provides new books for kids in need. First Book is a nonprofit social enterprise that has distributed more than 125 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families in the United States and Canada. By making new, high-quality books available on an ongoing basis, First Book is transforming the lives of children in need and elevating the quality of education. For more information visit or join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

 James Patterson really is a superhero!

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30 replies

  1. Hello Erik! My son LOVES James Patterson! His favorites so far were the entire Maximum Ride Seies! He would be so excited to read these books too! Thanks!

  2. A book written by a superhero himself. You have been a fan of Mr Patterson for some time now .Another great review.

  3. This is awesome!! These look fantastic. And James Patterson dressed as a superhero? Fabulous. I haven’t read any of these yet, but know that I know about them, I’m absolutely going to. “I, Funny” looks awesome. Thanks so much!

  4. Really admire what Patterson is doing in donating so many great books to kids who don’t have books. Would be great if every author did. Sounds like a very humorous book.

  5. I’m probably most curious about the Maximum Ride series. My nephews like his middle grade books. I love that he’s donating so many books! It’s very sweet of him. 🙂

  6. My favorite series is the Michael Bennett detective series. The first book is Step on a Crack.

  7. I haven’t read any of Mr Patterson’s books, but the Mom Person is quite a fan. He is certainly doing some fabulous work these days promoting reading! He is quite the superhero himself!!

  8. Good on him. He’s doing a great job! I admire Patterson. Great review too, Erik!

  9. James Patterson rocks, doesn’t he? We have Treasure Hunters, so that one’s getting read first!

  10. I’ve never read his books. House of Robots sounds fun!

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  11. My son has read I Funny ,and he definitely enjoyed it. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  12. I think Treasure Hunters is good.

  13. So many fun things to report! I’d love to read Public School Superhero. Thanks for the great review and giveaway, Erik!

  14. My son would like the House of Robots book.

  15. Wow, James Patterson really is kickin’ some Superhero hiney in the KidLit world, huh?

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