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The Extraordinaries

I read another of TJ Klune’s books: Middle Grade The House in the Cerulean Sea a couple of months ago, and I found myself just smitten with his writing style.

This is his YA debut, and it not only features superheroes in an urban setting. It contains some pretty “extra” teens. This friend group is precisely the one you’d want to go through high school today. This queer coming-of-age story about a fanboy with ADHD and the heroes that he loves captured my heart. Nick is a dork, his Dad is great, this book is both #ownvoices and #neurodiverse. Most of all you will laugh so much.

Parental Note: I’d say it is a story for older teens. Like, if you let them read Tumblr it’s fine for them. And this story is unabashedly pro- police. The police get in the way of the superheroes and are excused for bad behavior again and again. You can get some pretty good discussion fodder out of this, and I wouldn’t let it go without a discussion of Police in the real world.

And more good news, it’s the start of a series!!

By Jenny Naughton

JENNY NAUGHTON and her husband share their 1930's era Chicago home with four sons and a daughter. A voracious reader, Jen reviews books before their release for dozens of publishers on her page: Windy City Reader. Jen also blogs (on WordPress!) about classical, mostly secular, home education at Good Enough Homeschool.
In her spare time, she runs an online book club for teens and helps other home educating family match their kids with the perfect book for them.
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