The Day We Saved The World by Katie Smotherman

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By Katie Smotherman

147 pages – ages 8+

Published by CreateSpace  on November 13, 2014

Synopsis- 13-year-old Alex Tice didn’t know what to think when two government officials came to his house and one of them telepathically talked to him – communicated just by thinking! The other one seemed to brain-wash his parents. Apparently, Alex is a “gifted” individual – he has a genetic mutation (that usually skips a generation) that causes the mutated being to have superpowers. All superpowers are charted and numbered. Alex has a unique power – he can absorb others’ powers if he is in close proximity to the other “superhero.” Because of this, he gets taken to a government-run camp for other nearby powered beings. He makes new friends there and quickly learns to use his power.

What I Thought- This was an amazing book! I love how it clearly explains how people get their powers and sets up the story perfectly. I like the cover a lot too, but I don’t like how Alex looks more like 9, 13. Alex is a great main character who you come to care for. While the characters are 13+, the story is completely appropriate for younger readers and I think kids 8+ will totally get into the story. Ms. Smotherman has written a fun and adventurous story about a fantastic group of superpowered teens saving the world. There were some well-executed plot twists and turns. The book is a quick read, but a good one. It is perfect for reluctant readers that like superheroes! This is another example of a very well edited and thought out self-published book.

I give this book 5 out of 5 bookworms!fivebooks



Categories: Age 6-9

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11 replies

  1. I think most kids are fascinated with the idea of having a gift like telepathy, let alone going to a school to learn how to use it. Was their any conflict in the story, especially with the school being government run? Just curious, as that seems to be a TV theme with kids and extraordinary gifts.

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  2. Yes, I think the cover does make him look quite young. That may be one of those automatic turn-offs for the tween crowd. It does sound interesting, so maybe if I can get my son to look past the cover, he would get into it. Thanks for the rec, Erik!

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  3. Perfect for Matthew! Thanks, Erik!

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  4. I love the cover! 🙂 Who is the illustrator? With the parents brainwashed, does Alex use his superpowers to unwash his parents?

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  5. Great premise and super review!

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