Please Don’t Tell My Parents I’m A Supervillain
by Richard Roberts
374 pages – ages 10+
Published by Curiosity Quills Press on February 14, 2014
Summary – Penny Akk was upset because she didn’t have a super-power yet. She lives in a land of superheroes and she is the daughter of two superheroes. Her parents (Brian “Brainy” Akk and Beatrice Benevolent “BeeBee” Akk AKA The Audit) are some of the world’s smartest people. One day, while trying to build a device, Penny built a small machine that could recycle used parts. But, get this, it had NO power source, yet it worked. Penny had just stumbled upon her super-power – she can build ANYTHING she wants, but only if she has the inspiration – but it isn’t full-fledged yet. She showed her parents the machine she built (called “The Machine), and they estimated that she would probably have complete control of her powers by the end of high school, with small bursts of powers every month or so. They were wrong. When Penny accidentally gave her two best friends super-powers, they soon became a trio of superheroes. A trio of superheroes, that is, until they accidentally destroyed their school’s gym in a battle with the school’s bully, who turns out to be a famous superhero’s sidekick, called “Miss A”. Now the world thinks that they are supervillains. No matter what they try, they are still considered villains – “The Inscrutable Machine! E-Claire, Reviled, and Bad Penny” (that last one was a mistake, courtesy of Miss A’s big mouth in a battle (calling Penny a “bad penny”), and it is also the press’s fault, for calling her that). Can they ever fix it?
What I Thought – This was a wonderfully done superherovillain book. I like that the characters didn’t mean to be supervillains but want to be superheroes. It’s a great plot idea. Mr. Roberts has written an excellent book for young readers. His writing style is awesome, and it really got me straight into the story. I read this book in one day – it literally kept me turning the pages. I love the character of Penny, and that she never wanted to be a supervillain, yet she turns out to be an excellent mad science. She is great at the evil laugh too. 😉 I think that the main characters act realistically (as middle schoolers). The dialogue is spot on. I hope that there is a sequel to this book, but I also thought the book ended very well even though it is a bit of a cliff-hanger. Bonus points for a really cool cover too. Based on this book, I am looking forward to reading more from Mr. Roberts.